Q&A with Vusi Thembekwayo – Economic futurist, venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur

We went behind the scenes and recently interviewed one of our Inspire Evolve speakers, Vusi Thembekwayo, who chatted to us about the future of […]

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Q & A with Michael Smollan – Chief Growth & Innovation Officer

Q&A with Michael Smollan, Chief Growth & Innovation Officer. We have recently touched base with Michael Smollan on his thoughts on the retail environment […]

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iTrade Smollan Brazil wins the Nespresso Supplier Awards as the best strategic partner in 2017

The Nespresso Supplier Award (NSA 2017) aims to evaluate up to 20 suppliers recognizing the vendor with the best performance in the program. The […]

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Smollan Customer interaction Centre Announced as the Best Contact Centre across EMEA at the Contact Centre World Awards in Berlin

Smollan Customer interaction Centre Announced as the Best Contact Centre across EMEA at the Contact Centre World Awards in Berlin We are elated to […]

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SMOLLAN INVEST IN BRAND EXPERIENCES WITH ELEVATOR AGENCY DEAL

International Retail Solutions Company Expands Retail Marketing Service Capability by Investing in South African Below-the-Line Agency Elevator               […]

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Smollan wins the diamond award for the PMR.africa awards 7 years running

Smollan was announced as the recipient of 7 PMR.africa awards, one of which is the prestigious Diamond award. Smollan has received the Diamond award […]

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An opportunity for growth – the main market in South Africa

Over 52% of the South African population fall between LSM 4-6. This segment of the market is in a constant state of flux – […]

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Positioning the store of the future

In order to build the store of the future, it is critical for retailers to address the urgent need to reinvent the physical store. […]

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Q & A with Rudi Nienaber – Smollan eCommerce Specialist

This month we launched our eCommerce solutions, and we thought who better than our very own eCommerce specialist to explain more about our new […]

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The store of the future is on-shelf and online

The store of the future is on-shelf and online The ‘all under one roof’ appeal of brick-and-mortar retail is being eroded by online channel […]

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Mobile loyalty software company wiGroup secures global investment

Mobile loyalty software company wiGroup secures global investment from Virgin Group and Smollan Virgin Group and global retail solutions company Smollan both lead share […]

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Smollan Annual Report 2017

In such disruptive times, understanding key drivers of change can help to prepare for the future retail landscape. View our annual report for a […]

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Smart Technology Shapes Future Retail Experiences

How Bluetooth beacons are revolutionising retail November 2017 – Beacon technology is one of the recent tech trends disrupting the retail sector – adding […]

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Smollan Certified As A Top Employer In Sa For The Second Year In A Row

It is with great pride that Smollan announces its certification as one of the 2018 Top Employers. This year marks our second consecutive accreditation […]

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Smollan expands into SADC region, strategically reinforcing their presence in Africa

Smollan expands into SADC region, strategically reinforcing their presence in Africa Zambia – October 9, 2017 – International retail solutions company Smollan has announced […]

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SMOLLAN: Why We Are Positioned Above the Rest

Strategically differentiating ourselves in a competitive marketplace October 2017 – Did you know? 7 of the 10 top FMCG companies in the world trust […]

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The Importance of High-Impact Corporate Social Responsibility

How we at Smollan plan on achieving our social & environmental goals by 2020 October 2017 – In a world in which there is […]

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Retail: Changing Lives One Brand at a Time

The more we trade – the more we impact lives October 2017 – Over the years we have continued to develop and execute new […]

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Business Culture – Why Core Values Matter

Brand ethics in the retail space October 2017 – When it comes to brands, consumers want to know what a brand stands for, as […]

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The Buying Decision Process: Inform, Persuade and Watch Consumers Buy

Understanding The shopper journey September 2017 – These days, shoppers are visiting fewer stores and making repeat purchases at those that they perceive as […]

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Restructure Your Store: Knowing What to Put Where

Is your store laid out efficiently for sale optimisation? September 2017 –  Ever walked into a store and walked out with way more items […]

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Enhancing the Shopper Journey

The art of keeping consumers in-store for longer through activations & personalised experiences September 2017 – Consumer experiences these days are not simply designed; […]

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Converting Shoppers into Buyers: Turn Brand Curiosity into Commitment

How to make an impression and ensure brand loyalty for future September 2017 – We live in a hyper-competitive marketplace, and as retailers, we […]

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The World is a Branded Place

How activations help differentiate brands in a crowded marketplace August 2017 – The process of making a brand well known and loved by consumers […]

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Smollan: Women’s Day Support

How we are bridging the gap & motivating women in business August 2017 – According to a study on gender diversity in corporate leadership, […]

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Increasing Fuel Prices Changes E-tailing Affordability Perception

In-store shopping remains the go-to option August 2017 – Along with the steady progression of the internet, new ways of shopping have begun to […]

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The Magic of Retail is in Its Inclusiveness

With diversity comes increased trade July 2017 – There are an increasing number of brands, who, as times have changed have made the choice […]

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Keeping Customers Loyal 101

How emotional branding is changing the marketplace July 2017 – Customers expect brands to know them as individuals, rather than in a group. For […]

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Smollan announced as the recipient of 7 PMR.africa awards

On 15 May, Smollan was announced as the recipient of 7 PMR.africa awards, one of which is the prestigious Diamond award. Smollan has received […]

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Smollan India named a Power Brands Rising Star

We are delighted to announce that Smollan India has been awarded the Power Brands Rising Star 2017 title at the Global Power Brands Life […]

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Smollan extends their footprint into General Merchandise through stake in Retail Marketing Services (RMS)

International retail solutions company, Smollan, has today announced a share acquisition of specialist, channel specific national merchandising company, Retail Marketing Services. 23 May, 2017 […]

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Pop-Up stores a new line of growth for brand owners

Over the past few months the US has begun to present sizable evidence of the decreasing growth rate of the retail sector in the form of […]

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Advantage Smollan to Acquire Combera Group GmbH

Transaction ramps up Advantage Smollan’s footprint, enabling it to work with customers across Europe.  London – March 17, 2017 – Advantage Smollan Limited, the […]

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Shifting consumer needs and driving retailer choice in 2017

Shifting consumer needs driving retailer choice in 2017 Over the past 6 years, notwithstanding the turbulent global economic tides, the retail industry has been […]

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Virtual & Augmented Reality and how they are reshaping the retail space

In 2016 virtual & augmented reality transitioned from just an idea to a reality that is revolutionizing the shopper experience. VR/AR gives the consumer […]

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Smollan Annual Report 2016

2016 marked 85 years of excellence for Smollan, in celebration of this milestone we have complied our first annual report that reviews the highlights […]

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Smollan improves service delivery with Interactive Intelligence

Smollan has achieved new levels of efficiency and enhanced customer experience as a result of deploying PureCloud Engage by Interactive Intelligence Group), a global […]

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Smollan celebrates its 2016 Annual All Star

On 10 November 2016, Smollan held its annual All Star awards event where we handed out over 300 awards to people at all levels […]

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Smollan certified as one of the Top Employers South Africa 2017

It is with great pride that Smollan announces its certification as one of the 2017 Top Employers. The Top Employers Institute globally certifies excellence […]

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Impulse shopping in the age of the smartphone

Since the 1950’s, reasonably priced products have been strategically placed surrounding the checkout aisle, to encourage the impulse buying phenomenon. This phenomenon is characterised by […]

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Smollan’s commitment to the Transformation agenda

August 2016, Johannesburg – Smollan has been evaluated in terms of section 9(1) of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act 53, using the amended […]

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Shopper conversion in the beauty & personal care industry

According to Euromonitor International’s Beauty and Personal Care 2016 edition, the ability to diversify within existing beauty portfolios to create tailored products that cater to the needs of a […]

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Smollan Receives Top Honours At The W&R SETA Good Practice Awards!

We are proud to announce that Smollan has won 1st prize for the Provisional Training provider category at the 2nd Annual W&R SETA Good […]

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Brexit: A look at the implications for the Retail industry

In a historic referendum on Thursday June 23, the people of Britain voted in favour of a British exit from the European Union. The global economy […]

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The Growth of the Personal Shopper and convenience driven retail solutions

With South Africa recently being named “the second most stressed nation in the world”, according to Bloomberg, and consumers generally struggling to juggle the […]

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Smollan Group Forms Strategic Partnership with Student Village

International retail solutions company, Smollan, has recently acquired majority share in the youth marketing and graduate development company, Student Village. June 7, 2016 Johannesburg, […]

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Smollan wins the Diamond Award for the PMR.africa awards 5 years running

On 19 May, Smollan was announced as the recipient of 7 PMR.africa awards, one of which is the prestigious Diamond award. Smollan has received […]

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Volatility ahead – Economic Trends impacting Retail in 2016

The global economy continues to be shaped by moderate growth rates and volatility, both of which impact shoppers, retailers and brand owners on a […]

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Advantage Smollan Names Hans Savonije Executive Chairman

Veteran International Executive to join Advantage Smollan Advisory Team   LONDON — Advantage Smollan, the joint holding company between Advantage Solutions (Advantage) and Smollan […]

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Innovative technologies that will emerge

Technology has the ability to heavily change shopper experience, and retailers need to adopt technologies to enable faster, easier, better informed and enhanced customer […]

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