The Chairman of TBP eKapa, implementing partner of Cape Town Activa, was recently appointed to co-chair the Saudi Arabia South Africa Business Council (Busa).  Surve is chairman of Sekunjalo Investments, a Western Cape based black-owned and controlled consortium which invests in a wide range of industries, from telecommunications and biotechnology to fishing and aquaculture.

Saudi Arabia South African Business Council has set up a R20m holding company in a bid to deepen trade and investment flows between their two countries. The holding company was formally endorsed in Saudi Arabia in April. The Saudi Arabia South Africa Business Council intends to create R20bn worth of business opportunities through its 50:50 joint venture company,  It will initially home in on investments in agriculture, mining, mineral processing and petrochemicals.

According to a recent article on Moneyweb, “the holding company intends to facilitate joint ventures between the two countries and to conduct comprehensive feasibility studies on potential strategic business opportunities. The consortium will be open to all legally register and financially sound business entities in both countries”.

“We are open to being approached by South African companies who want to do business with Saudi Arabia,” said Surve, who added that the consortium would be able to facilitate participation between companies as well as participating directly in investments.

Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies, said the move to set up a consortium was part of a mission to seek out “new sources of dynamic trading opportunities around the world,” adding that he saw Saudi Arabia as a “dynamic economy.”  “Already very large Saudi Arabian companies have indicated their willingness to participate. We’re expecting significant investment running into tens of billions of rands over the next few years,” said Surve. 

 

source: http://www.capetownactiva.com/news/read/dr.-iqbal-surve-appointed-to-co-chair-saudi-arabia-south-africa-business-council

Tone up while trimming down on the hours

It seems like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that you need to do – let alone the things you actually want to do. On top of rushing to work, school, the shops, appointments and back again, you still need to find time to slot in a workout or two to stay fit and toned!

Fortunately, there is now a way to fit your fitness routine into one 20 minute session per week (now that will help your busy schedule!) – through BODYTEC, a revolutionary fitness and all-round training solution. By combining personal training with Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS), BODYTEC enables clients to quickly, effectively and visibly reduce fat content and weight whilst gently defining muscles and increasing physical strength and endurance. All in only 20 minutes a week.

 

Sport research conducted by international institutes has shown that BODYTEC’s training results are up to 18 times more effective than traditional fitness training. According to BODYTEC owner Boris Leyck, “Conventional wisdom says there are no shortcuts to health and fitness. But who wants to be conventional? BODYTEC technology is so effective that just 20 minutes of training is comparable to three, 90 minute workouts in a gym.”

 

After successfully helping Capetonians in the city centre and suburb of Newlands to shape up, Leyck is now bringing the revolutionary concept to Johannesburg. In mid-June, Sandton will have its own BODYTEC studio. A branch will also be opening in the suburb of Steenberg, Cape Town in July.

 

The BODYTEC concept, pioneered in Germany and used by professional athletes and sports rehabilitation centres for decades, combines personal training with electro muscle stimulation, to reduce fat content and weight whilst developing muscle mass. During each 20 minute, personal trainer-supervised session, muscles are stimulated by electrodes connected to a training jacket. As physical strength and endurance increases with each session the muscles become gently defined resulting in a toned, firm body and lasting sense of well-being.

 

BODYTEC client, business woman, media personality and former Miss Universe, Michelle McLean, shares “By only going to one 20-minute session a week, I save hours of travel time to, from and in a gym with an even better result than most other exercise regimes I have used. I feel firmer and more toned in a shorter space of time.”  

 

To find out more visit www.bodytec.co.za or email info@bodytec.co.za

 

HP’s growing retail portfolio

‘Technological innovation is driving change in 2012’ according to HP following their presence at the National Retail Federation Conference this year. HP envisions a future where digital continues to bleed into the physical retail world, and vice versa, leading to an increasingly immersive retail experience.

At the conference HP  showcased upcoming solutions including its broad portfolio of retail industry solutions from point-of-sale (POS), digital signage, self-service solutions, managed print services, cloud-based printing to mobility solutions. It also unveiled new barcode scanners available in EMEA.

Kobi Elbaz, Director, Client Solutions, Europe, Middle-East and Africa, HP Personal Systems Group, comments: “There is undoubtedly a transformation taking place in the retail industry in terms of the incorporation of technology into physical stores. One of the trends we foresee in 2012 is retailers providing increasingly interactive digital experiences in store, from touch-enabled digital signage to loyalty initiatives via barcodes on your smartphone.”

“Retailers are turning their stores into more pleasing and interactive environments for shoppers with HP’s industry-leading POS and display technologies,” continued Elbaz. “Consumers now expect much more from the shopping experience and retailers are actively encouraging customers to stay in store for longer. That’s why HP is showcasing technologies which will encourage customers to stay in store – the best retailers already understand that ‘dwell time equals sell time’”.

“Our vision is to enable retailers to create a seamless customer experience across multiple store touch-points. On our stand we are demonstrating point of sale, mobility, digital signage and self-service solutions,” added Elbaz. “We’re also demonstrating a mobile point of sale solution using the HP Slate 2 Tablet PC. VantagePoint is another advanced technology we’re able to demonstrate on the HP stand. It’s a large interactive touch wall enabling retailers to see how they might engage shoppers in a dazzling interactive brand experience.”

Advanced Barcode scanners launching in EMEA in January

With the proliferation of mobile and email barcodes for coupons and loyalty offers, retailers require the latest barcode scanning technology to improve the customer shopping experience. To this end, HP has expanded its portfolio further and launched a HP Presentation Barcode Scanner and HP Linear Barcode Scanner to enable easy scanning, even from mobile devices.

The HP Presentation Barcode Scanner and the HP Linear Barcode Scanner will be available this month.

The Self Service Solutions are first to be introduced in North America in January 2012. 

The HP 47” Micro_Bezel Displays are expected to launch in EMEA later this year. 

 

Ricoh SA announced exciting developments for 2012 at an event at Swartkop Airport Base in Pretoria on 13 July, including Ricoh’s increased investment in its operations in South Africa, investing R200 million in the region, a move which is part of Ricoh’s strategy to expand its presence in key emerging markets. South Africa is an important focus for the group in EMEA. The investments will further enhance Ricoh’s direct customer interactions and enable it to stay at the forefront of their document management needs. 

There are three new initiatives; the launch of Ricoh Capital South Africa; an optimised supply chain process and infrastructure enhancements. Combined they also ensure Ricoh has a more streamlined approach to account management and that its clients receive a single, consistent Ricoh experience, no matter where they operate. The initiatives will also drive new employment opportunities in the region.

Ricoh Capital South Africa will provide clients with the option to take on leases or service contracts and enjoy all the benefits of Ricoh solutions without capital outlay. They will also have the convenience of managing their entire document solution including service and software into one regular payment. Ricoh Capital has designed its offerings to support the specific needs of Ricoh customers and focuses on its core business areas of office solutions, production printing and managed document services. Ricoh Capital customers will also benefit from increased agility within their business and the ability to make purchasing decisions quickly. They will have greater flexibility to upgrade their solutions during the lease period. It also enables them to keep credit channels open for other business needs.

The review and optimisation of the supply chain process resulted in Ricoh diverting stock management and distribution to Ricoh Europe’s operations in the Netherlands. As a result Ricoh SA gained savings of R100 million which will be reinvested into the business and provide infrastructure enhancements, social responsibility and skills development.

Infrastructure enhancements are part of an EMEA-wide project, designed to streamline Ricoh’s business processes. They ensure more stable processes and robust systems, to drive business growth and enhance customer service, and enable Ricoh to enhance its sales, services and billing processes. They also support Ricoh’s focus to provide a world-class, end to end customer experience. 

Richard Pinker, MD of Ricoh SA, said, ‘Our region is an important focus for Ricoh in EMEA and our team is energised to further increase our client services and contribute to the overall Ricoh growth strategy. Our business focuses upon optimising document processes and improving the interaction between people and information. Our technology heritage and experience means that we can help organisations to be ready to meet the future challenges presented by the impacts of new technologies and the increase in information. We look forward to continue working with organisations in South Africa to further understand how we can help them to reduce costs, streamline document processes and even enhance security, while making realtime informed decisions.’

Ricoh SA has also appointed Morgan Crosby as its new project manager. Crosby will head the company’s project office responsible for rolling out strategic business projects and large customer projects. Crosby’s appointment is closely linked to Ricoh SA’s significant investment to ramp up services, solutions, and infrastructure, in response to local and global market influences.

‘I spent a decade in customer-facing, operational food services prior to numerous roles throughout the next nearly 14 years at Compass Group SA, a member of Compass Group PLC, including change and project management and heading up the IT department, procurement management, and sales support through financial analysis and project management of new business and bids,’ said Crosby.

He has also been deeply involved in a Y2K project and more recently project managed a three-year development of a bespoke, decentralised system, which included testing and rolling it out to more than 450 national locations.

Crosby’s primary role will be to formalise and extend Ricoh SA’s project management capabilities following the industry standard PRINCE2 and Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) principles.

Source: Africa Print News

Visit the shop-sa Facebook page and view the photographs taken at the recent Gauteng Sports Day golf and bowls event. 

When you tag yourself or your company, you stand a chance to win a copy of the SA GOLF & LEISURE VACATIONS coffee table book and guide, complements of www.sagolfandleisure.co.za

Keep checking the shop-sa Facebook page for further image uploads as well as specials and promotions brought to you by shop-sa – the Stationery, Home, and Office Products Association of Southern Africa and its members.

Contact shop-sa on (011) 880 1147.

Gauteng’s hosting of two massive, simultaneous trade shows – Africa’s Big Seven food and beverage expo (AB7) and the iconic Southern African International Trade Exhibition (SAITEX) – will this month, directly contribute over R50-million to the Province’s economy.

“With 900 plus confirmed exhibitors from more than 40 countries, this year’s SAITEX and AB7 trade expos are bigger than ever, and together form the largest business opportunities event on the continent,” says John Thomson, Managing Director of Exhibition Management Services (EMS), organisers of the mega-events. AB7 and SAITEX take place from 15 to 17 July at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng.

“Judging by last year’s attendance we can expect more than 15 000 visitors from about 54 countries to attend the shows,” continues Thomson. “With the volume of direct sales, downstream business deals and investments in sectors related to the ambit of the two shows, this R 50-million could increase tenfold. The spinoffs for the South African economy in general are also enhanced, and will play a role across the subcontinent.”

SAITEX and AB7 have both built up high profile reputations with businesses and governments around the world. In fact, a number of countries are sending official trade delegations to attend the shows, including Brazil, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mauritius, Russia, Singapore, the Sultanate of Oman, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. The delegations will also be setting up their own dedicated trade pavilions to promote trade with their countries.

In addition to the two multi-faceted trade shows, there are a number of business focused trade conferences, workshops and presentations scheduled to take place during the three days of the two shows:

1) DHL BRICS Africa Export Import Forum – BRICS country opportunity presentations – 16 and 17 July.
2) Future of Trade Africa 2012 – 16 July.
3) The 5th International Halaal Conference – Navigating the Halaal Economy – 16 July.
4) Retailing Conference – 16 and 17 July.
5) Export / Import workshops for beginners and experts – 15 to 17 July.
6) SA National Bottled Water Conference – 16 to 18 July

BE SURE TO VISIT THE SHOP-SA STAND IN HALL 3 – Stand number P61

Useful Contact Details

– SAITEX – Anina Hough
Tel: +27 11 783 7250. E-mail: saitex@exhibitionsafrica.com.
– Africa’s Big Seven – Lineke van der Brugghen
Tel: +27 11 783 7250. admin@exhibitionsafrica.com
– The Future of Trade Africa 2012 / DHL BRICS Africa Export/Import Forum – Stephen Oehley Tel: +27 11 026 6313. E-mail: stephen@bricsafricab2b.com
– Halaal Conference – Yacoob Moulana, SANHA. E-mail: applications-kzn@sanha.org.za
Tel: +27 (31) 207 5768. Fax: +27 (31) 207 5793. Mobile: +27 (0) 83 786 0491.
– Retail Conference – Danie Herbst – Trade Conferences International.
Tel: +27 11 803-0009. E-mail: danie@tci-sa.co.za

Rejuvention of the Waltons brand

Waltons has embarked on a rejuvenation process to reposition and rebrand itself in the market.

 

After strategic examination of the business, Waltons’ core business purpose has now been defined as ‘breeding success’. “Our new strategic direction is as a result of considerable introspection and planning. We analysed our current business models and realised that we needed to reinvigorate the brand and evolve, and in some places, reinvent, our core offerings. We realised that we need to listen to our customers and talk more directly to their needs and aspirations,” says David Jenkins, Group Managing Director.

We have adopted three key values to be driven across the business: Solution Focused – I want to give you solutions that are relevant and simple, Success Oriented – I want you to have the best chance at success and Valued Partner – I am an important part of your business. This value set will be supported by the following behaviours:

1.       Do the right thing always

2.       Build a positive team spirit

3.       Embrace and drive change

4.       Act with a common purpose

5.       Be humble (serve before self)

6.       Be innovative and act courageously

7.       Deliver wow through service

8.       Build open and honest relationships

9.       Always be accountable

10.   Be passionate and determined

Partnering with our clients to offer them the best solutions to support their success is a key component of Waltons’ new approach to the way they do business.

“A good way to explain our new mindset is with some tangible examples,” explains Jenkins. “We don’t sell white boards, we sell the ability to capture ideas for growth, we don’t sell calculators and laptops, we sell the ability to make money, and we don’t sell office desks, we sell the corporate culture everyone buys into.”

Walton’s new pay-offline speaks directly to the company’s purpose, while the Waltons wordmark has been brought right up to date, resulting in a refreshed logo with rounder edges and a watermark – resulting in movement and more depth. While remaining true to the brand identity, this update is in sync with a modern company on the move.

The rejuvenation process also addresses previous limitations in the company structure, with a focus on centralising key head office functions to leverage synergies and provide for a more unified and focused organisation.

Walton’s senior management team was proud to launch its new vision for the brand and the organisation through a staff roadshow that took place early June and was rolled out across Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

“In bringing home our new approach, three key themes will be driven across the business as the company gears for a new phase of growth. ‘Commitment’,  ‘Speed’ and ‘Laser-like Focus’ will be expounded upon across all aspects as the company strives towards operational excellence,” states Jenkins.

With a new strategic direction, a clear purpose and well-articulated values and behaviours, together with new operational measures geared towards capturing greater efficiencies and a focus on people and service excellence, the company has set its sights on an exciting new era, following on from a long tradition of success. 

Vodacom has announced the launch of all-in-one Smart Plans which include the smartphone, data, talk time and SMS. These Smart Plans, specifically designed for smartphone users, will be available from 07 July 2012 and will be supported by a wide range of smartphones, great network coverage and unmatched customer experience introducing a Smart New World to Vodacom customers.

 

With Vodacom’s new all-in-one Smart Plans, customers will be able to choose their monthly commitment by selecting a suitable plan based on their needs.  Customers also have the flexibility to add more bundles as required.  

 

“Customers want a combination of quality network coverage, a broad range of smartphones to choose from and excellent service – and we’re offering them just that. We’ve invested over R7 billion on improving the network capacity over the past 12 months and this remains our key focus,” says Enzo Scarcella, Managing Executive of Marketing at Vodacom.

 

Scarcella added – “Vodacom was recently voted the most respected broadband provider in South Africa. We also offer the widest range of smartphones. Now the experience is complete as we offer an all-in-one Smart Plan that allows customers to further take advantage of these Vodacom benefits.”

Vodacom Smart Plans:

 

Monthly cost

Monthly allocation

Promotional minutes

Smart Light

R135

95 minutes

100 MB

100 SMS

  75 off-peak minutes to any network; and

*20 promotional free anytime minutes to other Vodacom customers.

   Smart Standard

R390

250 minutes

300 MB

300 SMS

  130 anytime minutes to any network;

*60 promotional free anytime minutes to other Vodacom customers; and

  60 More weekend minutes to other Vodacom customers.

Smart Advanced

R850

810 minutes

400 MB

400 SMS

  450 anytime minutes to any network;

*180 promotional free anytime minutes to other Vodacom customers; and

  180 More weekend minutes to other Vodacom customers.

Smart Super

R1700

1540 minutes

800 MB

800 SMS

  1000 anytime minutes to any network;

*360 promotional free anytime minutes to other Vodacom customers; and

  180 More weekend minutes to other Vodacom customers.

 

All prices include VAT.

The Smart Light plan is billed per minute.

Smart Plan minutes carry over to the end of the following month.

*Unused promotional free anytime minutes to other Vodacom customers will expire at the end of the month. More weekend minutes to other Vodacom customers are applicable from Saturday (00:00) to Sunday (23:59).

 

Vodacom’s focus is to ensure that its customers enjoy a total telecommunications experience to help them to unlock the power of the Internet. With data bundles allocated upfront and with more affordable in-bundle rates, customers can surf the Internet, download e-mail and stay in touch with friends and family on social networks.

                     

Vodacom stores also help to provide customers with a hassle free smartphone experience by offering them a perfect start which includes setting them up with an e-mail account, Facebook, Twitter and with all their requirements to keep them connected.

 

All new connections, upgrades or migrations to smart plans from 07 July 2012 until 06 September 2012 will qualify for free Vodacom to Vodacom minutes that can be used anytime, peak and off peak, which will be allocated monthly for the duration of the contract. Customers on Smart Standard, Smart Advanced and Smart Super will also receive Vodacom to Vodacom weekend minutes each month.

 

For further information customers can visit www.vodacom.co.za . Customers can contact customer care on 111 free from a Vodacom phone or 082 111 from any other phone, or e-mail customercare@vodacom.co.za

 

 

 CNA’s new website enables consumers to purchase games, movies, music, books and more on account.

 

CNA has revamped its existing website (www.cna.co.za) where consumers can now purchase games, movies, music, books and more using their Edgars or Jet account card.

 

David Gibbons, Edcon’s e-Commerce Executive who is spearheading the group’s online retail offering, says the beauty of this solution is that account holders can purchase entertainment items online 24/7 from CNA while benefiting from store credit, making e-commerce more accessible to those who don’t have credit cards.

 

“The new site opens up online shopping to the Group’s almost 3.9 million account card holders. Customers will also be able to earn Thank U points on all online purchases,” he says.

 

The site has a new, fresh look and is easy to search with thousands of products already on offer across four product categories: books, games, movies and music, along with 10 000 eBooks. CNA is growing the site’s inventory continuously.

 

Online retail is growing

Recent research from World Wide Worx, commissioned by Google, indicates online retail is becoming increasingly popular in South Africa, growing around 30 percent per year with no signs of slowing down.

 

“Opening up e-commerce to our entire base of account holders is another positive step to growing the Internet economy in South Africa,” says Gibbons.

 

Gibbons says CNA’s site is secure, uses SSL security and is verified by Entrust. Purchases can be made using a credit card or account card, with a one time pin on account payments adding to users’ security. Customers with any queries can contact the customer service call centre on 0860 262 289 and return online purchases at their nearest CNA store. 

 

New user-friedly design and process

Along with the new design, CNA has re-engineered its entire e-commerce process.

 

“The e-commerce platform that powers the site is new and far more powerful than the previous system. Furthermore, we’ve changed the logistics process and will now hold stock in a centralised warehouse as opposed to distributing products from stores, resulting in a more efficient fulfllment process” he says.

 

Delivery will occur nationwide on average within three days. The delivery charge on all purchases over R350 will be waivered; otherwise a R55 delivery fee will apply.

 

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