S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.2 No.30, August 1, 2016
S&V Footwear and Leather Goods / S&V African Leather/ S&V Protect
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National footwear tender awards published
Pretoria (SA) – The RT59 tenders for supply and delivery of footwear to the State were awarded at the end of last week. 4 companies shared the 123 720 pairs on offer. Dick Whittington Shoes in Pietermaritzburg got in the region of 50 000 pairs worth around R40 million. Chic Shoe Manufacturers in Cape Town was awarded around 60 000 pairs worth around R13 million. The BBF Safety Group and the Jordan division of Bolton Footwear received a few thousand pairs each.
US election China-bashing worries AAFA
Washington DC (USA) – The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is concerned about anti-trade rhetoric in the US presidential election. In a release this week, AAFA’s Steve Lamar wrote: “Convention platforms rarely endure. Written by a committee, incorporating uneasy compromises and reflecting a single candidate's campaign priorities, these documents often have a short shelf life. That's perhaps the silver lining when one looks at the rambling discourse on international trade contained in the Republican and Democratic convention platforms released this month.”
Skechers predicts 3m pair SA sales
Skechers marketing executive Anjali Radhakrishnan with brand manager Steve Swaby.
Johannesburg (SA) – Skechers sales in South Africa could reach 3 million pairs per year in 3-5 years, brand manager Steve Swaby said last week during range presentations in Cape Town and Johannesburg by new Skechers distributor Brand Folio.
Dangee|Carken drops Summer prices
Johannesburg (SA) – Importer Dangee|Carken has reduced the prices of existing orders following the strengthening of the Rand.
Global production ‘drops slightly’
Worldwide footwear production reached 23.0 billion pairs in 2015, World Footwear Newsletter reported.
Durban (SA) – A presentation by the IDC and Bureau Veritas on PIPs and exports to Zimbabwe will be held at Coastlands Hotel, Ridge Road, on August 16. It is hosted jointly with SAFLIA and SAFLEC. Registration starts at 7.30, and the event will finish by 11.
Cape Town (SA) – SAFLIA will host a labour law workshop at Jordan Shoes on August 26. The presenter will be Cronje van Zyl, SAFLIA’s labour relations attorney. It will run from 10.00 to 13.00.
They Said It
"I am definitely not a winter person – my personality is solar driven and the colder it gets the more miserable I am." - Celesté Sinden, Klein Karoo International Ltd, on a cold snap in Oudtshoorn.
"Yes, it’s an intermittent issue with our 2 x Premicells, but the degree of frustration with our Telkom lines varies from week to week. 1 Telkom line is currently at fault." - Karen Bowman, Apeco, explaining why calls to Apeco weren’t getting through.
"No thanks, he stirs it up too much." - Derek Griffiths, Apeco, responding to an email from Karen asking whether he had any news for S&V.
ABSA Agri Trends 26/07: Hides & skins prices
The average hide price over the past week was R15.42/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies.
Birthdays this week
01/08/1935: Bev Jack, retired, formerly Bata Zimbabwe and LAIFEZ, Harare.
In Memoriam this week
03/08/1999: Otto Guldimann (b. 2/10/1922), Cellini [closed], Cape Town.
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Trade Fair dates
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Next newsletter: August 8, 2016.