In Brief Herd it through the grapevine
Makro is 51 years young this year, and to celebrate its ongoing good health plans to give away prizes worth R3m. First prize, it seems, is a cool million, while some of the others provide a look at the things Makro has traditionally done well and areas in which it plans to expand: 1 of 28 gift cards worth R51,000 (because Makro cards, see?), one of three 3 solar installations worth R169,000 from Magneto Renewable Energy, a new priority, and one of 51 liquor hampers worth R4,000 each, which wouldn’t even get you onto the classier pages of its famous liquor catalogue. It has also just launched its exclusive Makro Shopping App in time for the festivities. Next up, Pick n Pay Clothing has grown sales +17% in the four-odd months through July 3, and Woolies also reports that clothing is going great guns despite having reduced its footprint in store. And Shoprite is shooting the lights out across the board, growing sales +11.9% for the year ending 3 July, more on that no doubt next week. Finally, with the release of the draft Game (not the retailer) Meat Strategy by the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy, SA’s retailers are gearing up to put more impala, kudu, wildebeest and springbok in their chest freezers and onto your Weber. “This is a big business for us, which we are looking to expand,” says a visibly fired-up Woolworths.
Comment: Suppliers: bring out your great-great Ouma’s recipe book.