S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.5 No.17, April 29, 2019
This Newsletter is sponsored by SAFLIA
LET'S MAKE 2019 A REALLY GOOD YEAR!
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Retail last week
Comment from 5 retailers on Saturday
Competition Tribunal grants ostrich companies access to confidential information
By Gillian de Gouveia, communications officer, Competition Tribunal
US footwear imports down as China’s shipments fall 9%
The value of U.S. footwear imports declined from China, Mexico and Germany in the first two months of the year, while all the other countries among the top 10 suppliers posted increases, according to the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA). Footwear imports from China fell 9% to $2.43 billion this year. - https://sourcingjournal.com/
Fusion/African Gameskin showroom
By Denzil Spolander, Fusion Leather and African Gameskin
They Said It
"The only reason the newsletter went out so early this morning was due to my inability to continue to resist the urge to go to the toilet. When I discovered it was 6 am, I was confronted with a conundrum. Either go back to bed for an additional hour's sleep before having to get up again at 7am, or to send the newsletter there and then and then return to bed. I dutifully dragged myself to the office and fired up the PC, nearly blinding myself from the glare of the monitor as it radiated its snow blinding, arc eye inflicting nastiness at me as I sat slumped before it in the dark gloom of the office at such an ungodly hour. The wait for the PC to complete its boot-up was excruciating as I patiently waited, head hung half asleep. I occasionally glimpsed through the gaps in my cupped fingers covering my eyes, not wanting to risk a light inflicted jolt to my circadian rhythm, to check on the progress of the boot-up. Finally able to access the mailing programme I hit process queue button to launch the newsletter on its merry way and waited until the first few batches had been sent, confident that everything was running okay. I then dragged myself back to bed and remained there, sleeping till about 9am when I crawled out of bed. Moral of the story being don't get to excited about the newsletter going out early this morning, it was either that or wet the bed." - S&V's IT man, Jonathan Commons, who has had to change the habits of a lifetime to send out our publications at 7 a.m. Or earlier, in this case. I had suggested he was loving discovering the joys of early morning birdsong.
SLTC Convention Countdown: Just 3 weeks to go
The convention will take place from May 17-19 at Green Leaves Country Lodge & Venue in the Magalies Mountains.
S&V Directory - Order now
The directory is ready. On sale for R450. The online version is also 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 26/04: Hides & skins prices
Bovine: The average hide price over the past week was R1.49/kg green. NB* Hide prices are determined by the average of the RMAA (Red Meat Abattoir Association) and independent companies. Sheep skins: Dorper R32.50/skin
29/04/1951: Elizabeth Loubser, retired, formerly Bolton Group, Great Brak River.
In Memoriam this week
30/04/2012: Ebrahim Aboo (b. 07/08/1948), MG Shoes [closed], Pietermaritzburg.
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Have a look at these links
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Representation in UK
Tom Marcus, formerly of Tholanizikhumba Trading in Pietermaritzburg and now resident in the UK, is offering representation in the U.K. - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Next newsletter: May 6, 2019.