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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Retailing in Vietnam

Despite the recent global economic slowdown, Vietnam has a healthy path for growth and is one of the most resilient and dynamic emerging economies. […]

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Technology influencing the store of the future

“We are going to experience more change in the next 10 years than over the past 50 years”, according to David Roth. Technology will […]

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Top global shopper trends in 2016

1. Constantly-connected shoppers Today’s shopper has the power of technology and is demanding constant connectivity with retailers, which will enable them to use their […]

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Top global retail trends in 2016

As the pressure on the economy continues to grow and the influence of technology on consumer behaviour, we will see the following trends emerge […]

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DKSH talks to David Smollan about connecting with empowered shoppers

As retailers and brands look East for growth, they are beginning to tackle the challenges of the unique cultural and ethnic factors across Asian […]

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Understanding the Shopper Through Data

The effective use of customer data in providing relevant, personal and enticing shopping experiences is becoming more and more important for retailers and brand […]

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NRG Renew Africa signs PPA with Smollan

Johannesburg – November 30, 2015 – NRG Renew Africa, a provider of distributed and renewable energy solutions, has completed a power purchase agreement (PPA) […]

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CEO’s message

I recently took part in the CEO SleepOut, a fundraising initiative that challenges business leaders around the world to join a movement which looks […]

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Smollan wins at the Field Marketing & Brand Experience Awards

The Annual Field Marketing & Brand Experience Awards, held in London celebrates the best in Field Marketing and is one of Europe’s biggest annual […]

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Smollan images from around the world #1

See who we are, where we are and what we do around the world.  

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The internationalisation of retail

With retail entering an era of unprecedented change in both developed and developing markets, and with a number of the world’s leading grocery and […]

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The Smollan Social Impact plan

We have throughout our 84 year history been a company with a concern for the people who work in the business, the communities in […]

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H&M and Starbucks setting up shop in Sub-Saharan Africa

Top retail brands, H&M and Starbucks, are setting up shop in Sub-Saharan Africa with their first full-format stores opening in South Africa in 2015. […]

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Smollan receives top awards from PMR.africa Excellence Awards.

Smollan’s dedicated and synergised teams have won a Diamond, two Gold, one Silver and three Golden Arrow Awards for Excellence as a FMCG and […]

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Loyalty programmes are good, Personalisation is great

Personalisation is a key trend, expressing itself in multiple ways from products (such as personalised Ice Cream from the Magnum Pop-up store) to offers, […]

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The CEO Sleepout

Beyond profits to purpose The CEO Sleepout is an initiative that was started in 2006 in Sydney, Australia. The event invites business leaders to […]

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Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC and Smollan Group Announce Global Partnership

First alliance of its kind will leverage best practices globally and add scale and reach to form deeper, broader strategic partnerships with clients including […]

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Omni Channel retailers will continue to thrive

In 2014, we saw shoppers increasingly interacting with retailers across multiple channels from in-store to web, to social and mobile platforms. In 2015, this […]

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Social networks to serve as shopping platforms

As social media platforms continue to evolve, we will see significant shifts in the relationship between consumers and businesses as well as the disruption […]

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CEO’s Message

I recently watched the Google video, “Year in search 2014”, which offers a reflection on the world through the eyes of Google search. Despite […]

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