Dec 7, 2020
In a year punctuated by an economic meltdown, the Shoprite Group’s commitment to its small suppliers have enabled these businesses to access new consumer markets and to retain much-needed jobs.
The Group works closely with SMEs to give them important access to the market. It continues to prioritise its support for black, woman-owned suppliers and create jobs.
For Portia Mngomezulu, the creator of Portia M skincare and cosmetics, the relationship with Shoprite has helped her grow her business significantly, from supplying a few stores in 2017 to 600 stores currently.
- Portia Mngomezulu, the creator of Portia M skincare and cosmetics
Toys With Roots
Mpumi Motsabi’s Toys With Roots, which supplies an exclusive range of African dolls, has gained access to market through its relationship with the Group.
- Mpumi Motsabi, founder of Toys With Roots
She says that the relationship has enabled the company to carry its message of self-love and affirmation “to many more people than it would have reached.”
The Group cultivates its relationship with suppliers by:
- Visiting supplier operation sites and farms and meeting and corresponding with them regularly;
- Finding ways to ease logistical arrangements;
- Investing directly in their business; and
- Supporting small enterprise development initiatives.
The Group prefers to build long-term relationships and help suppliers build their businesses in line with its own growth, strengthening supply chains across its areas of operation.
Watch: Mpumi Motsabi, founder of Toys With Roots, using her Rainbow Dolls to teach different languages