Tips to boost retail sales over the festive season

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In an economic environment where money is tight for consumers, retailers will have to go the extra mile to make sure they have a successful festive trading season. Every sale made will have to be hard fought and should include the following:

1.  Educate your staff

If you want to get those sales, your staff have to be at the top of their game and it is up to you, the owner to make sure they are well-trained, fully briefed on the product range and above all are motivated to make those sales. Incentivize them with rewards for achieving record sales so that you maximise their potential and give them something to work towards.

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Tips for a safe shopping season

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As we approach the festive season, the incidences of crime escalates and shoppers need to be aware of their safety – both physically and on-line. Penny Futter, Chief Information Officer at African Bank offers some helpful tips to making sure you are not a victim of phishing.

She explains that phishing is when criminals use a form of electronic communication to try and extract sensitive information like usernames, passwords and credit card details. It is fast becoming one of the leading contributors of fraud.

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10 vehicle safety tips for your festive season trip


With the festive season around the corner, it’s a time to take that much-needed break and reflect on the year’s up’s and down’s and spend time creating memories with those nearest and dearest! FASA member AAAS has given us some tips to make sure your vehicle is safe and ready for that holiday trip – whether you’re heading for the bush, a scenic retreat in the mountains, or a blissful beach holiday at the coast.

“Millions of South African motorists will take to the highways to get to their favourite holiday destinations this festive season. A holiday is intended to be a time for relaxation and enjoyment, but the difference between pleasure and a dreadful holiday often depends on whether you take the time to prepare your vehicle for the trip. Many common vehicle problems can be picked up by inspecting your vehicle, listening for strange noises, noticing unusual odours or even sensing a difference in the way a vehicle drives;” says Hugo Grobler, National Franchise Manager at Auto Care Diagnostics, (ACD).

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Minimum wage law comes into effect on January 1st 2019


Good news for the 6-million workers that currently earn below R3 700 a month but a challenge to the businesses out there struggling to retain staff in an economic environment of rising costs, the new Minimum Wage Act signed by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week will see the minimum hourly rate for workers set at R20 – effective on 1 January 2019.

The new law allows for the annual adjustment of the minimum wage by a still-to-be-appointed commission, which will be required to conduct a review of the said wage within 18 months of the commencement of the act. It has also been factored in that those employers who are unable to pay the minimum wage due to business constraints may apply for an exemption.

Economists, whilst welcoming the move are concerned that the law may lead to more job cuts as businesses find they are not able to meet the increased labour costs which will only add to the already high unemployment rate of more than twenty seven percent (27%). Treasury, in its initial response to the proposed law, which was first proposed by Nedlac and in the works since 2015, warned that if the move was implemented recklessly, could not only affect jobs but the economy in the long term

Three other bills were also signed into law: the Labour Laws Amendment Bill, amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, and the Labour Relations Amendment Bill.

How popular are fast food outlets in shopping centres?


A survey by Broll Property Intel’s Retail Snapshot for Quarter 3:2018 showed that whilst the year-on-year growth of South Africa’s food and beverage industry slowed to 0.1% as at July 2018, with restaurants and coffee shops experiencing a year-on-year decline of 1.6%, takeaway and fast food outlets experienced the highest year-on-year growth of 2.8%.

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