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Keeping up to date with retail

Sep 22nd 2011, 08:15

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Keeping up to date with retail

With a number of upcoming events on our calendar, it’s an exciting time to be in FMCG and retail. Conferences, workshops and the like, play an important role in growing and shaping our industry.

Retail World Africa (3 Oct 11 - 4 Oct 11) at the Bay Hotel in Cape Town is an essential conference to diarise. Featuring an array of speakers, this year’s conference covers a number of aspects in retail including ways to deliver ROI from existing and new products. Being the only retail conference in Africa, this event should provide new insights into our retail industry.

Of course, consumers are a key element in any retail business, making the UCT Unilever presentation of a study into the country’s “top end” consumers, an important seminar to attend. This is reportedly the largest study of “top-end” consumers undertaken, and the full findings will be circulated at seminars held in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town, on 11, 13 and 14 October 2011, respectively.

The behaviour of consumers today, whether “top-end” or not, is influenced by many factors, social media being one of them. The SOCAP SA 2011 Conference is focusing on how increased access to social media is changing the world of consumer affairs under the topic ““Consumer Affairs Professionals in Real-Time!” This year’s SOCAP conference will be held at the Aviator Hotel, Johannesburg from 3 – 4 November.

There are many conferences and seminars to look forward to in the months ahead, apart from the ones mentioned here. Take a look at the events section of for more details.

Wendy Smith

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Venue: The Bay Hotel, Cape Town
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