S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.5 No.8, Feb 25, 2019
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Retail last week
On Saturday, comment from 5 retailers
Cape Town, W Cape, SA (Feb 21, 2019) – Truworths International reported a 2% growth in retail sales for the 26 weeks ended December 30, blaming tough trading conditions in its 2 principal markets, SA and the UK.
The acquisition of Office, the cash-only, UK-based footwear retailer, has increased the group's exposure to footwear and cash sales substantially. Footwear now contributes 35% of the group's product mix (against 10% in Africa), and cash sales contribute 49% for the group, against 30% in Africa.
Woolworths Holdings Ltd
Cape Town, W Cape, SA (Feb 21, 2019) – Woolworths Holdings reported a 1.9% growth in turnover and concession sales to R39.4 billion for the 26 weeks ended December 23. It said trading conditions were unlikely to improve in the short-term in either South Africa, where the consumer remains under considerable pressure from a weak economy, and in Australia, where consumer sentiment remains constrained.
Pinetown, KZN, SA – Former Bata SA Toughees brand manager Khutjo Madisha, who left to start a consulting company, has returned to the company as brand manager for the Power Footwear, Weinbrenner and North Star brands.
Johannesburg, Gauteng, SA – A&D Spitz senior men's footwear buyer Kevin Toba left at the end of January. No replacement has yet been announced. He has reportedly left the industry.
Elan Polo to sell Springbok, Pirates shoes
Cape Town, W Cape, SA – Elan Polo SA (Pty) Ltd has acquired the licenses for both the Springboks and Orlando Pirates street and fashion footwear ranges, MD Stuart Worrall has reported. A fuller description will appear in the S&V Footwear & Leather Goods Magazine our later this week. - +27 (0)21 531 6443, firstname.lastname@example.org
Who makes skips?
Naked Feet member Allan Beckley enquired if we knew who makes or sells shoe skips. We don't know either. Please contact Allan at email@example.com, or 082 440 5460, or let us know.
Competition Commission on school uniforms
Pretoria, Gauteng, SA – The Competition Commission will tomorrow host a press conference at the DTI campus on "measures aimed at addressing and supporting [the prevention of] anti-competitive conduct in the school uniform industry'. This covers all items of apparel for schools.
A simple way to get tax relief
Ever wonder how YOU could benefit by benefitting others? Aside from the natural good feeling that comes from generosity, donating to the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) offers other rewards such as tax relief for companies and individuals, and B-BBEE points for companies.
They Said It
"Unfortunately I can't take the credit for it... it was our ginger ninja that did the magic." - Rolfes Leather MD Quintin Marais on some text that came our way. The 'Ginger Ninja' is Samantha Watt from Rolfes' PR company. She does make 'his' announcements sound good though, and I suggested it sounded so polished he would soon be wearing a collar and tie. He responded: "Already doing it."
S&V Directory - Order now
The directory is nearing completion. Copies are available at the pre-publication price of R250. The online version is available at R450 for 12 months' access.
2019 Trade Fairs Another essential service from S&V
Please note that we have put a list of the 2019 trade fairs and conferences on our website, linked to their websites: http://www.svmag.co.za/events
ABSA Agri Trends 19/02: Hides & skins prices
Hide prices drop 31.8%
26/02/1946: Brian Carmichael, MTL Trading, Cape Town.
In Memoriam this week
27/02/2010: Jean Mee ‘Mick’ Lailvaux (b. 22/02/1919), Service Agencies (closed), Durban.
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Looking for employment?
The SA Footwear & Leather Export Council has a position available at our offices in Westville for a junior Girl Friday/PA to the Executive Director. Candidate must be a team player. Please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales Position Available at DOT Safety Footwear.
Seeking a Vibrant & Creative Shoe Designer
Budding Shoe Manufacturing Company seeks a vibrant and creative shoe designer to help move our company forward. We are looking for someone with leadership qualities as well as a creative side as they will constantly be designing new styles of shoes.
Experienced agency with many years' experience looking for Men’s, Ladies' and Children’s agencies for Gauteng. We have good connections with Chain and Independent stores.
News & Classifieds: Tony Dickson, +27 (0)31 209 7505, email@example.com
Next newsletter: March 4, 2019.