Whitey Basson
(CEO of Shoprite Holdings Limited)

Shoprite Holdings Limited is the largest consumer goods retail group in Africa with continued expansion on the continent, and the Indian Ocean islands. According to CEO Whitey Basson, the Group has managed to “derive the full benefit from the changes and improvements it had effected to its business model over the past several years” despite the South African economy experiencing what can best be described as muted recovery following the financial crisis of 2008/2009.

The food side of the business consists of four trading brands: Shoprite, Checkers, OK Franchise and Usave. Shoprite also owns OK Furniture.

Shoprite is a remarkably well-run business with tight central control over a vast and complex supply chain and a diverse range of trading brands – 200,000 product lines from over 5,000 suppliers distributed to over 1,000 supermarkets and just under 400 franchised outlets in 16 countries, incorporated into a central database and replenishment system.

Barney Rogut founded Shoprite in 1967 and the Group launched with the purchase of eight Cape-based supermarkets for R1 million in 1979. It was listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in 1986, purchased the Grand Bazaars group in 1990 and Checkers in 1991, thereby trebling its size overnight to 241 outlets and 22,600 staff... MORE

Shoprite stories in the

Shoprite  Bom’s away!

A bit of an under-the-radar announcement here from Shoprite, which tells us it intends to spend around $571million US in the next five years expanding...    MORE

Macau Hub 18/04/17

Shoprite  The Red Army

Well Prost and Nasdrovya to Shoprite, who, we are told, are marching into Eastern Europe like that other Red Army before them, in order to hedge again...    MORE

The Guardian (Nigeria) 14/04/17

Shoprite  X marks the spot

People in Nigeria – and elsewhere in Africa – are understandably hurt and angered by outbreaks of xenophobia here in the Beloved Country. This has rep...    MORE

The Nation 24/03/17

Shoprite   $@#$%! @#$#&, *&%$#@.

“Oh My Goodness!” is not an epithet which falls frequently from the lips of Gordon Ramsey, who famously prefers the stronger stuff. Nevertheless, that...    MORE

Tatler Reporter 20/03/17

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