Check it out… by Lans
July 25, 2008, 11:47 am
Filed under: Blogroll, Must Reads, Must see, Must sees, Retail, Trends


June 24, 2008, 7:38 am
Filed under: By David Abrahamse, Must Reads, Opinion/Analysis, Trends

Inflation is out of the Reserve Banks control, no amount of further interest rate increases are going to help get the rate back within the targeted range! So the South African consumer is going to be under more and more pressure when it comes to discretionary spending. This will translate into retail sales declining.


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Local Steel Supplier to increase prices again! by Lans
April 1, 2008, 8:52 am
Filed under: By David Abrahamse, Local News, Must Reads, Opinion/Analysis

ArcelorMittal announced yesterday that steel prices are going to increase a further 18% in April, this brings the increase to about 71% since January 2008.

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Euroshop 2008 by Lans
March 31, 2008, 9:41 am
Filed under: Blogroll, By David Abrahamse, Design, Environment, Must Reads, Must sees, Retail, Trends

I have just retuned from a trip to Europe and visited the Euroshop trade fair in Germany (The largest retail store equipment exhibition) and it is very interesting to have observed that South Africa is no longer behind from a retail design, concept and shopfitting point of view!

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Its Cool to be Green! by Lans
August 15, 2007, 7:12 am
Filed under: Must Reads, Trends

Climate change is arguably the most crucial issues of our time and is the biggest environmental challenge that we face. While many of us agree that we must do something, it seems too vast a problem for any one of us to tackle, until now.

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Buy Design by Lans
June 30, 2007, 1:55 pm
Filed under: Must Reads

XXX-factor. It may be impossible to define, but it’s even more difficult to resist. And it’s everywhere – even in shops. It’s the reason you’ll drive an extra 10 minutes to pick up your groceries from one retailer, when there’s another – offering precisely the same range – on your doorstep. Except, in this case, that elusive x-factor is a little easier to pinpoint: your shopping preferences may well be grounded in smart design.

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Who Cares about Branding? Just about Everyone, it Seems… by Lans
May 17, 2007, 11:20 am
Filed under: Must Reads

Guess what the following have in common. Roedean School. The Auditor General. Air Chefs. The Constitutional Court. AMC Classic Cookware. @tlantic Internet. AD Spitz. African Sales Company. Achievement Awards. Auto Parts Distributors. Business Connexion. The Independent Electoral Commission. Holcim SA.

DRA Mineral Project. Drake & Skull. ER24 EMS. ICD Infocentre. Joe Public. Maxidoor. Mercantile Bank. Nashua. Revlon. Run/Walk for Life. Tygervalley Centre. UkuZUZA Estates. Rand Refinery. Unilever SA. University of Johannesburg. Zodiac Pool Care. BUSAF. GIBS. Cellshack. Momentum Africa. New Clicks Super Group.

Answer: They and over 40 000 other organisations and individuals of every possible kind to be found in South Africa (and some overseas) have bought copies of Brands & Branding in SA. Many in fact have bought every edition since it was first published in 1993.

Subscribe to the Design Magazine! by Lans
May 10, 2007, 7:40 am
Filed under: Must Reads, Opinion/Analysis

10 May 2007

By David Abrahamse

I highly recommend that people in the industry, both designers and retailers subscribe to this publication. It will be good for the industry and the magazine!

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Two must reads!!! by Editor
March 26, 2007, 9:18 am
Filed under: Must Reads

Reading Recommended by David Abrahamse of Algoran. 

Nothing will be more important, more lasting, or more wealth creating than having the insight required to transform customer’s environments and therefore their customer’s experiences, which are both guests. ” There is no economic value more tangible, more palpable, or more worth while than achieving an aspiration. ” (The Experience Economy by Pine & Gilmore)- you can skip chapters 4-8,but make sure you read the rest!

 (Brand Sense by Martin Lindstrom) Also a must read!