This just in: SPAR reported yesterday that Group turnover rose by +5.2% to R67.6bn for the six months through March, with HEPS, a reliable indicator of profitability, climbing 3.7%. More on this next week, but in the meantime, read our snappy little summary of the results here. Next up, Boxer Superstores, discount superstar in the Pick n Pay firmament, has appointed RELEX Solutions, provider of unified retail planning solutions, to implement forecasting and replenishment for their stores and DCs. Before the appointment, Boxer had done all of this in house; as it grows it needs a specialised system to support its rapidly scaling needs. Over at Checkers, the retailer is advancing its commitment to ensure that 100% of its own-brand packaging is reusable, recyclable and compostable and that it contains on average 30% recycled material content by 2025. Recent or forthcoming packaging innovations include a recyclable box for rotisserie chicken, and the replacement of plastic sandwich punnets with Kraft carton wedges. It’s also putting photovoltaic installations on the roofs of three more supermarkets in the Eastern Cape. Finally, Shoprite is opening its second standalone Medirite Plus pharmacy in the Western Cape at the Checkers Centre in Stellenbosch, where it will offer an affordable and accessible product range that includes health, beauty, baby and skincare brands.
Comment: Pharmacy remains a significant if contested frontier for growth. Are suppliers truly getting onboard with the drive to standalone health and wellness? Let us know what you think in our comments section.