Nov 28, 2017
The Shoprite Group recently celebrated its most innovative and reliable suppliers at its 2017 Supplier of the Year Awards.
Africa’s largest food retailer works with 16 211 suppliers in South Africa, 7 202 in other African countries and more than 1 000 growers as far afield as Turkey and New Zealand. It spent R1.4bn in the last financial year on supply chain infrastructure.
The Group values it supplier partnerships to continue to grow business. It believes in sourcing locally wherever possible in every country where it operates. It also believes in sourcing as much as possible from smaller suppliers and local farmers and works with them to help them build their businesses.
At the 2017 Supplier of the Year Awards, the Group awarded 11 suppliers who stood out amongst it’s more than 23 000 suppliers.
Stewart Rew, Jacobs Douwe Egberts
When Shoprite embarked on the journey to own the premium coffee segment, Jacobs Douwe Egberts partnered with it and and a result, has become the leader in innovation and sales in the premium coffee category.
- Stewart Rew
Calvin McGregor, Beiersdorf Consumer Products
By bringing new products to the market and increasing basket spend in the toiletries section, this partnership has resulted in a drastic increase in sales.
- Calvin McGregor
Mlu Dlamini, Earlybird Farm
Earlybird is always available to assist Shoprite and in the process, both businesses benefit. This year alone we grew by more than 100% with Shoprite in the KwaZulu-Natal division.
- Mlu Dlamini
Karel la Cock, Millenium Foods
Millenium always goes the extra mile when it comes to convenience. When Shoprite launched the Oh My Goodness range and asked them to supply the whole country, they stepped up overnight.
- Karel la Cock
The company provides employment to over 100 staff and its volumes have increased 100% year-on-year for the last three years.
Conrad Stickling, Warshay Investments t/a KWV
Shoprite’s partnership with smaller suppliers in the liquor industry enables it to provide customers with a wider range of products.
- Conrad Stickling
Mike & Thina Maziya, Verigreen
Shoprite believed in Verigreen’s plan to empower black South African women through its Supa Mama programme.
- Thina Maziya
Jacques Hill, Lancewood Holdings
Lancewood’s hunger for business along with its willingness to innovate and collaborate with Shoprite is what sets this business apart.
- Jacques Hill
Jacques van Staden, Cipla South Africa
Cipla supplies Medirite (the in-house pharmacy in Shoprite & Checkers stores) with consumer goods products and scheduled medicines. It never fails to go out of its way for the retail group, for example by investing in the training of Medirite pharmacists and staff.
- Jacques van Staden
Fruit and Vegetables
Johan Greyling, Aqua Farming
Shoprite started buying Aqua’s potatoes, and then other products such as onions and nuts, which is in turn providing skills development to its people and creating jobs.
- Johan Greyling
Niell Grobler, Weber Stephen Products
Weber Stephen sells quality products, has an excellent service level and is always willing to go the extra mile. Shoprite has been sourcing products from the company for 30 years.
- Walter Anderson