Our profile in South Africa

We serve licensed SPAR retailers in South Africa and neighbouring countries through our eight distribution centres, which contract with more than 5 000 suppliers and service providers to offer more than 1 300 SPAR branded products to consumers.

South African retailers trade through nine different branded store formats offering groceries, fresh produce, liquor, pharmaceuticals, and building material.

The focus on Freshline development resulted in an offering that now comprises about 300 bakery lines and 350 fresh produce lines distributed to about 800 stores in the country.

The range of SPAR store formats allows us to serve the entire range of consumer income groups in all regions of South Africa and select neighbouring countries. We have a tiered offering that recognises that some stores serve the full consumer income range – our range therefore includes products appropriate for multiple profiles, from basic to high-quality, specialised products. Our focus is on sourcing locally: this is an ethical decision and reduces the risk and cost related to transport. Imports are supplementary to local produce due to seasonal variation and demand.

A significant portion of retail sales are sourced through our distribution centres. This is testimony to the fact that our offering remains comprehensive and competitive.

Build it is emerging market focussed with a brand that is stronger in rural, country areas than in the urban market. Most clients are small builders or contractors.

Our SPAR and Build it distribution centres constitute a total of 286 935 m2 warehousing space and distributed a total of 231.7 million cases this year. Our distribution network handles 57.3% of SPAR’s turnover whereas 42.7% is sourced directly from third-party suppliers. Our distribution activities resulted in a total distance of 30 889 633 km travelled for the year.

Most of the distribution centres own some retail stores or run stores temporarily under management contracts. South Rand owns and operates the highest number at 20 retail outlets.

Awards for 2018

  • The Western Cape distribution centre achieved first place in the March National First Aid Competition 2018
  • Built it sponsored the Isolomzi school foundation in Transkei with materials and renovation support – a project that won the regional Lead SA award for the Western Cape
  • Cornel Zaayman, a North Rand retailer, was selected as the National Mr SPAR

Find our store profiles here and read more about the distribution centres here.