Once upon a time, in a world before Covid-19, brands sat with their creative teams and media agencies and planned calendar events for the 12-month period that lay ahead of them. 17 May 2021 Read more To have a strong brand is one of the key objectives of any business. Irrespective of industry, having a strong brand is undeniably linked to success. With informal trade stealing much of the spotlight from formal retail trade in recent years, companies seeking to build a strong brand in the informal markets are now pivoting into the spaza and wholesale arenas aggressively. Most, if not all South African brands, are trying to work out how best to capitalise on this rapidly growing business opportunity. Namely, how to establish a brands reputation with lower LSM shoppers, how to stand out from competitors where planogramming is not a formal opportunity, how to reinforce loyalty and trust with spaza shop owners and shoppers alike and, finally, how to uplift sales. 10 Mar 2021 Read more It seems that retail has, somewhat, come full circle over the past few decades. The in-store shopping experience started off with stock on shelf being the sole priority for shoppers and manufacturers alike. A simple, clean, well-lit, competently managed and heavily stocked store was the main mutual goal. It was, perhaps around the 'hypermarket' era of the mid '70s in South Africa, which retailers started thinking differently. Inspired by the French and American big-box store type 'hype' a decade prior, South African retailers slowly turned the shopping experience into a more immersive, carnival-style one. The premise being that in order to engage shoppers in a more meaningful way and increase sales, retailers would allow brands to flood the floor with a vast range of activity and point-of-sale material to attract attention to product and promotion (whilst earning a fat sum in exchange for the retail estate.) This extended, in its prime to live bands, boxing matches and beauty competitions being hosted in these retail spaces. 9 Dec 2020 Read more It is well known that brands struggle to understand the return when it comes to their advertising efforts in the general trade. Brands are also desperate to get a grip on customer data at spaza level. Issues relating to stock, promotions, new product and pricing are some of the fundamental questions that brand managers need answers to. 24 Jul 2020 Read more Key Distributors, a business of Value Logistics, is a warehousing and sales company focused on the distribution of FMCG products to formal and informal retail markets in South Africa. The warehousing and distribution landscape has changed in the past decade, shifting from formal retail to the ever growing segments of the informal trade and forecourt business. This shift means pressure to visit more stores across a larger territories with smaller sale baskets per customer. 25 May 2020 Read more
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