In Brief Raising the steaks
Let’s take a look, shall we, at Pick n Pay’s new flagship Waterstone store in Somerset West, which presages the shape of things to come as the “rejuvenated” Pick n Pay format focuses on more upmarket shoppers. We have a coffee bar, fresh fruit and vegetables (um… never mind. Ed.), an in-store ‘Steak Shop’, with a dry ager cabinet, cheese and wine pairing, a new fresh flower and potted plant section, wider aisles, and shelves stocked, inter alia, with the new premium private label, Crafted Collection by PnP, and more products and services expected to launch in the coming months. To Clicks now, where CFO Michael Fleming is stepping down after 11 years on the job, to be replaced by Gordon Traill, currently chief of support services in Clicks with responsibility for supply chain, retail distribution centres, property and information technology. Next up, in Langa, which is underserved by the likes of Mr D and Uber Eats, Cloudy Deliveries has delivered more than 6,000 orders – all on the humble bicycle – of groceries from spaza shops, takeaways from restaurants, and even home-based laundromats since starting shortly before lockdown. Nice one. Finally, to Shoprite, which has just announced a minority investment in local technology start-up Omnisient, Africa’s first privacy-preserving data collaboration platform provider.
Comment: Shoprite, you may recall, had a data breach issue last year; the purchase of this business seems not unrelated.