S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.4 No.4, January 29, 2018
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Bata SA to exit traditional retail, grow product offering
Pinetown (SA) – Bata SA has begun a "structured exit" from its 60-odd remaining bricks-and-mortar retail stores. At the same time, it will expand multi-channel and online retail.
Chic shareholders throw in the towel
Cape Town (SA) – Chic Shoes' shareholders decided last Monday to place the company in voluntary liquidation - the same day we reported that turnaround practitioner JJ Oosthuysen was seeking creditor buy-in for a strategy to trade out of its situation.
Valmell in talks to buy Fanci-Form
Pinetown (SA) – Heel maker Valmell Components is negotiating with Fernand Vandenheede to buy last maker Fanci-Form. Both sides said any further comment was premature.
CLE India Leather & Footwear Trade Expo, CTICC, Cape Town: Airfares on offer
Cape Town (SA) – The Council for Leather Exports (CLE) India will host its annual trade expo on 21 & 22 February in Cape Town, and it is offering a complimentary economy class return airfare to out-of-town buyers, subject to approval and on a first come first served basis. If you are interested, contact the local show organiser on Tel: 021 790 5849 or Email: email@example.com for the criteria. The event will connect leading manufacturers from India with Southern African chain store buyers, independent retailers, importers, manufacturers, agents, distributors and other important industry decision makers. Entry is FREE but pre-registration is necessary. Here is the exhibitor list as it stands currently –
Cape Town (SA) – Resource Fashion Trading, the private label sourcing division of the Ares Group, will change its name to Bash (Pty) Ltd from the end of February. Former GM Chantel Schultz has been appointed MD.
Birthdays this week
29/01/1973: Nelesh Gulab, Shawney’s Shoes/Walk Tall, Johannesburg.
In Memoriam this week
29/01/1998: Peter Buglass, NPI, Durban.
Do you have any names you’d like to add to our list of birthdays and In Memoriam? Please send the details.
ABSA Agri Trends 14/12: Hides & skins prices
The average hide price over the past week was R11.53/kg green. NB* Hide prices are determined by the average of the RMAA (Red Meat Abattoir Association) and independent companies. The average price for Dorper skins was R35.50, and for Merino skins was R91.86.
Trade Fair dates
For a list of local and international trade fairs covering footwear, leather goods, leather and PPE, visit our website: http://www.svmag.co.za/events.php
Agents needed for women's leather comfort range
N.R. Footwear is looking for well connected and reputable shoe agents to cover the Western Cape, Nambia, KZN, Lesotho and Swaziland.
Manufacturing expertise on offer
Paul Sirilli, formerly of Sirilli Shoes, is looking to get back into the footwear industry – in production, procurement or retail quality assurance, anywhere in KZN. He will accept a supervisory or management position. He has 34 years of hands-on manufacturing experience in men’s, ladies’ and kiddies’ footwear. Completely familiar with Moccasin, Brogue and Derby styles in shoes and fashion, outdoor and military styles in boots, mostly in leather. Also a working knowledge of stuck-on, lock-stitch and side-stitch techniques, soling compounds. - Contact 083 961 1759, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Needed: A footwear mentor for a new brand owner
I am looking for a business mentor in the shoe industry. I have just started a shoe brand and I would like mentorship in any and all parts of the shoe business. I have used business mentors before, but I find if they do not know much about the shoe industry, and it can sometimes feel like a waste of time.
News & Classifieds: Tony Dickson, +27 (0)31 209 7505, email@example.com
Next newsletter: February 5, 2018.