Eugene Stoop, MD
Boxer Stores Ltd

KwaZulu Cash & Carry was established in April 1977, in the centre of Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The company commenced operations as a conventional wholesaler, trading in the essential commodities, such as maize meal, rice, samp, sugar, oil and beans. Read more...

Boxer well on its way to becoming "Africa's Favourite Discounter"

[Durban, 15 May 2018] 
The Boxer business is growing and represents a significant opportunity in South Africa and the rest of Africa within the larger Pick n Pay Group, as was evinced in the Group’s recent financial results for the year ending 25 February 2018.

Following a number of years spent repositioning Boxer into a lean and agile discount supermarket, the business provided a stellar performance in the past financial year 2017/2018, which has been attributed to the progress it has made in developing a relevant and efficient discount supermarket model, a more streamlined centralised supply chain for half of its estate and winning share of voice with an evolving shopper base in the middle to lower end of the economy. “I am […] delighted with the performance of our Boxer business. The Boxer team have accelerated their turnover growth in a highly competitive market, and Boxer is now without doubt South Africa’s leading limited range discount supermarket,” said Pick n Pay Group CEO, Richard Brasher.

Boxer opened 22 new stores in the period, bringing its total to 246 stores across all its formats. Boxer also delivered progress on its centralisation plans, with its Cato Ridge (KZN) distribution centre now servicing all Boxer Superstores and Boxer Punch stores in KwaZulu-Natal. Boxer opened a second distribution centre in East London in the second half of the year to deliver groceries to its stores across the Eastern Cape, demonstrating the same conviction as Pick n Pay in building a cost-effective, fully-centralised supply chain. The benefits of its maturing warehouse management system and improved demand planning and replenishment is evident in its reduced stock holding, improved on-shelf availability and exceptional waste management.

Boxer has continued to win customers in tough times through a compact and well-defined range, highly competitive prices and a compelling meat and fresh produce offer. It is also attaining success in its own-brand products, ranging from its commodity offering of maize and maas through to canned vegetables. 

“Boxer has made significant strides in terms of revolutionising our business model over the past few years. We are buoyed by the results seen to date which are evident in the commentary made by Pick n Pay in their annual results presentation recently. Our focus remains on our shoppers as it always has been and we will continue to refine our operating model in order to ensure that Boxer is Southern Africa’s favourite discount supermarket. Notwithstanding, we remain focused on being the people’s champion for the communities we serve – growing a lifetime of loyalty,” said Andrew Mills, Boxer Marketing Director.


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