http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.14Change: -0.15
R/$ = 12.05Change: -0.20
Au 1200.03 $/ozChange: -6.12
Pt 1139.50 $/ozChange: -16.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Mar 02, 2012

Growth strategy key for SA retail expansion

Back
Africa|Ghana|Mining|Africa|Democratic Republic Of Congo|Ghana|Zambia|Product|Steel|Operations
Africa|Ghana|Mining|Africa|Democratic Republic Of Congo|Ghana|Zambia|Steel|Operations
africa-company|ghana-company|mining|africa|democratic-republic-of-congo|ghana|zambia|product|steel|operations
© Reuse this



The growing importance for companies to strategically position themselves within a reachable radius of end-users has resulted in JSE-listed steel distributor BSi Steel accelerating its plans to expand its Express outlets nationwide.

BSi Steel’s 45% increase in gross profits between April and September last year can partly be attributed to the company’s venture into the retail sector through the launch of BSi Steel Express, says BSi CE of SA Stockists Ross Teichmann.

“The BSi Steel Express con-cept is one of a number of growth initiatives that the company is embarking on. “While we are ambitious with our plans, we will not be reckless just for the sake of growth. “These branches will develop either through small acquisitions or start-ups from scratch, depending on the markets and opportunities that present themselves

“The roll-out of Express outlets will capture a greater cash sale component for the group, with the aim being to improve our overall gross margin,” says Teichmann.

Looking ahead, the steel distributor says it plans to open a series of BSi Express stores nationwide in the next three years. With two branches already in operation in Kya Sands and Wychwood, in Gauteng, the company is on track to open a third branch in Brits, in the North West, this month. Meanwhile, Teichmann says the branch network in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo is achieving measurable success; however, it is too early to comment on the success of the Ghana branch.

BSi will continue to focus on increasing its footprint on the continent, owing to greater activity in the mining, oil and infrastructural development sectors. Teichmann points out that its South African distribution centre remains an important link to its African expansion plans.

BSi Steel says that, with predicted gross domestic product growth of 3% for South Africa in 2012, and considering that the company only contri-butes 200 000 t/y of steel to the country’s consumption figure of five-million tons a year, it is confident it can still gain significant market share in 2012.

Challenges
Recent challenges faced by the group include the strike action by workers in the manu- facturing sector in July 2011, which Teichmann says, had a significant negative impact on the group’s local and inter- national distribution operations.

Further, the temporary shutdown of steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s Newcastle blast furnace, between August and December last year, resulted in severe steel shortages. An unexpected increase in the demand for steel during the same period resulted in low steel stock levels, he states.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Carbon Steel News
Acting Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama
Acting Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama, who was appointed to the position following the surprise secondment of Brian Molefe to Eskom, has placed revenue diversification at the top of his list of immediate priorities, with the weak commodity outlook seen as having the...
Global crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) decreased by 2.7% year-on-year to 138-million tonnes in March. China’s crude steel production decreased by 1.2% year-on-year to 69.5-million tonnes, while Japan’s...
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
More
 
 
Latest News
South African mining and energy adviser Ted Blom has raised a litany of concerns about the state of power utility Eskom and has warned of runaway costs and shortfalls in coal and water, as well as rail capacity. Blom was surprised by the recent buoyancy shown by...
JSE-listed Astrapak will sell specialised packaging systems manufacturer Knilam to Mapflex SA for R17.7-million. The proceeds would be used to reduce Astrapak’s current level of gearing.
The last of the 26 mooring units comprising the Port of Ngqura’s automated mooring system (AMS) have arrived at the port and are expected to improve port efficiency and safety, further driving the Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) objective of establishing...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel
Forest products group Sappi has confirmed the selection of its 25 MW biomass-to-power project, to be erected at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, as a preferred bidder under the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement...
Information and communications technology (ICT) distributor DCC is making Windows- and Android-operating systems tablets available through retailers and education equipment suppliers to provide school children with affordable, high-performance education tools. The...
Another cement manufacturer is set to enter the Ugandan market, raising hopes that prices will come down and spur growth in the construction industry. National Cement, a Kenyan manufacturer, has unveiled plans to invest $195-million in a new manufacturing plant in...
With growth rates exceeding that in the developed world – at an average of between 4% and 5% between 2002 and 2014 – African countries provide investors with ample reason to tap into booming consumer demand says Manufacturing Circle executive director Coenraad...
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) decreased by 3.7 index points month-on-month to 89.1 in March.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96