Pick n Pay dedicates shop space to local small suppliers

(Also, read: "Mushroom farmer Peter Nyathi wins Pick n Pay Small Supplier of the Year Award")

Pick n Pay is dedicating shop space in eight stores to South African products produced by small businesses.

The “Meet the Maker” trial will run for three months.

When in an aisle, a customer is faced with many options. We want to make it easier for customers to support local small business brands.

Adrian Naude, Pick n Pay Group Executive

Pick n Pay will print leaflets with information about the entrepreneur behind each brand.

We want our customers to know that by buying one of these products, they are not just supporting small business, but helping to create employment and uplift local communities.

Adrian Naude, Pick n Pay Group Executive

In 2018, Pick n Pay partnered with more than 100 small businesses and invested approximately R170 million into supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses through mentorship and business development.

Apart from giving small businesses access to market, we need to ensure they remain long-term, sustainable suppliers to Pick n Pay.

Adrian Naude, Pick n Pay Group Executive

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Mishinga Seyuba Kombo, Head of Enterprise and Supplier Development at Pick n Pay.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for quotes from it).

Small businesses have such a battle to supply any retailer…

Mishinga Kombo, Head of Enterprise and Supplier Development - Pick n Pay

We’ve chosen 12 suppliers…

Mishinga Kombo, Head of Enterprise and Supplier Development - Pick n Pay

We’ve invested in a lot of marketing material for them…

Mishinga Kombo, Head of Enterprise and Supplier Development - Pick n Pay

I am very, very optimistic…

Mishinga Kombo, Head of Enterprise and Supplier Development - Pick n Pay

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