S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol. 4 No. 42, Oct 22, 2018
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Government tenders delay - suppliers 'have little option but to accept extension'
Pretoria (SA) – The National Treasury's contract management division, which awards tenders for products for government departments procured from the private sector, has still to award the 2018 RT59 footwear contract, and has asked suppliers to accept a second extension of the 2017 contract to November 30 - meaning any footwear supplied before then will be at 2017 contract prices.
Cape Town (SA) – Upmarket Waterfront outfitter The Yacht Squadron has closed. Owner Eugenie Solkow said: "Unfortunately, due to a relocation within the Waterfront by the landlords, increase in rent and a terrible summer season due to our drought, my business went into liquidation end of June 2018 after successfully trading for 27 years. It was a very hard decision to make. I am not involved in apparel at this stage."
Durban (SA) – "I have closed the Via Uno store at the Pavilion. Their rents are crazy," Paulo Vieira of wholesaler Popular Trading said. He now has a Via Uno store in Hillcrest, but only until next year. "Then I’m also closing it. I’m tired of retail."
Grahamstown (SA) – Gift shop Voilá, which included upmarket imported women's footwear in its product mix, has closed, owner Colleen Rippon has confirmed.
Hermanus (SA) – Hamish and Amanda Hofmeyr, the new owners of The Village Health Shop - now Health at the Village - say they are moving away from shoes.
US retail giant Sears files for bankruptcy
Sears, the US retailer that that once dominated America's shopping malls, has filed for bankruptcy.
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They Said It
"Sandra Boshoff. Nog altyd. Gasvrou, guide and driver and owner." - Rakwena Crocodile Farm's Sandra Boshoff, updating the entry for our directory. Yes, I think most people in business at the moment feel they're doing too many jobs.
22/10/1965: Raymond Philander, Nulaw, George.
In Memoriam this week
24/10/1999: Norma Varley, Edcon, Durban.
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ABSA Agri Trends 12/10: Hides & skins prices
Whilst the better grades find a place in the market; the lower grade materials have not yet found a price point. Overall, the hide market sentiment remains bearish, in line with the weak international hide market. The average hide price over the past week was R5.00/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 R30.56, and for Merino skins was R95.00.
Upcoming Trade Fairs
The SLTC 2019 Conference will be held on April 27 at the Park Inn, Northampton. See our website for details.
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
Top sales skills on offer in W Cape
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Next newsletter: October 29, 2018.