In Brief Back in the Billionaire Boys Club
Big up this week to Checkers, whose Sixty60 platform has been voted the best online grocery store in both the annual Star Reader’s Choice Awards and the Pretoria News Reader’s Choice Awards. Sticking with the Big Red One, Oom Christo Wiese, you will be relieved to know, is once again a dollar billionaire, due in no small part to his 10.67% stake in Shoprite, itself worth a cool $910m, but which is driven over the threshold by shares owned by his other investment vehicles and family interests. Moving on, Food Lover’s Market has opened applications for the company’s second annual Seeds of Change Supplier Development Partnership, aimed at social enterprises that are a good fit for food and fresh produce retail, such as smallholder farmers, freight businesses, commercial services, produce and in-store departments such as bakeries, groceries and liquor. Over to Pick n Pay, which is getting deeper into financial services, and whose partner TymeBank is launching a credit card, which will also enable PnP’s Smart Shopper loyalty members to double their points per purchase. Finally, Dis-Chem has declared February as total female health month, offering several types of tests and screenings at its in-store clinics.
Comment: Public health is increasingly becoming the remit of the private sector, including our great retailers, notably Clicks and Dis-Chem.