- Clicks Group has launched a suppliers' portal which will help local SMMEs to have the retailer list their products on its shelves.
- Through the platform, Clicks will give small businesses commercial and business support in the form of marketing, promotions, shared shelf space, and business mentorship.
- The group intends to target over R4,5 billion worth of procurement spend with black-owned SMMEs over the next three years.
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With a new SMME supplier listing portal, Clicks Group is looking for local small, medium and micro businesses to list their products on its shelves.
The healthcare and beauty company, which has been helping SMMEs for the past 10 years, has become the latest retailer to boost small businesses by allowing them to sell their products in their store.
"As a leading South African company, it is our responsibility to ensure that as we grow, so does our society. This is why Clicks is driving the focus on supporting our SMME partners to unlock their fullest potential," said Clicks Group Managing Executive Vikash Singh.
This move by Clicks follows that of various retailers in the country, including Pick n Pay which launched the Pick n Pay Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) initiative. The programme puts local products of small businesses on the shelves of Pick n Pay supermarkets through the PnP ESD app on Google Play or Apple App store.
A similar project called Seeds of Change Supplier Development Partnership was introduced by Food Lover's Market in January this year. Shoprite Holding is also looking to partner with micro, small and medium suppliers.
In the past year, Clicks has invested over R500 million in SMME suppliers and is working closely with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition to accelerate local procurement.
"The Clicks Group recognises that SMME development is critical in creating jobs and building a healthier economy," said Clicks Group Corporate Affairs Director Bertina Engelbrecht.
"We are committed to removing barriers and have worked hard to implement a SMME trading framework that will ease entry into the Clicks eco-system," she added.
The initiative aims to give small business owners commercial and business support in the form of marketing, promotions, shared shelf space, and business mentorship.
The group also intends to target over R4,5 billion worth of procurement spend with black-owned SMMEs over the next three years.
Although the retailer is open to working with all local black-owned businesses, it is focused on "growing our base of black and women-owned SMMEs, and to that end we will provide successful SMME partners who are compliant with South Africa's B-BBEE legislation with added support."
According to Engelbrecht, Clicks has grown local hair care brands on their shelf by over 743% percent, with a significant investment in black women-owned businesses.
Since the beginning of 2021, Clicks has helped bring six new black-owned suppliers operating in the haircare and personal care sectors to market.
This includes Masodi Organics' range of natural hair and body products and Kaio, which is AfroBotanics' new multicultural hair range.
The retailer plans on launching 12 more suppliers by the end of 2021.
Here's how to apply:
The company's toolkit, which helps navigate the download process, is available for download.
Complete a proposal template, and then complete the application form and upload your proposal.