On average South African shopping centres have around 30% of wasted retail space. This is the view of Justin Hawes, MD of Scan Display, which was exhibiting at the recent South African Congress of Shopping Centres (SACSC) in Johannesburg.

Hawes says, “While we believe South Africa shopping centres can and do compete on a global level we believe that most still have large areas of untapped retail space, for example in passageways and ‘dead-areas’. “Hawes believes that these areas could be transformed into income-generating retail space through the placement of free-standing merchandising units. With this in mind, Scan Display recently launched the Retail Merchandising Unit (RMU).

These units create significant additional income for shopping centres and because they can be custom designed to fit in with the look-and- feel of any centre they add to the overall shopping experience. They are also ideal for smaller traders who do not need large retail spaces. The RMU is manufactured and marketed locally by Scan Display under licence from international industrial design company, SddRETAIL UK. SddRETAIL UK operates world-wide and has won numerous international awards for design excellence.

Danny Grayson of SddRETAIL UK says, ”We view South Africa as an important emerging market and are pleased with the positive impact the upcoming 2010 World Cup has had on infrastructure spending and development. “Hawes adds, “The partnership offers South African retailers international design and expertise at local manufacture prices. Our policy is also to use locally sourced materials where possible.” At SACSC, Sdd RETAIL UK and Scan Display exhibited the creative potential of their Retail Merchandising Units with a unit that was designed specifically with the 2010 Soccer World Cup in mind. (See attached picture).

For more information, contact Justin Hawes on +27 11 447 4777 or [email protected]. Alternatively visit www.scandisplay.co.za.

New Retail Merchandising Unit maximises retail space

Scan Display has launched a range of Retail Merchandising Units (RMU’s) specifically designed to allow retailers to capitalise on previously unusable space within shopping centres.

Scan’s Retail Merchandising Units are manufactured locally in partnership with SddRETAIL UK, who have received numerous awards for design excellence. This new partnership therefore offers South African retailers international design at local manufacture prices.

Shopping centres

“Many large shopping centres have areas which are not utilised to their fullest potential. These architecturally unique, compact yet stylish RMU’s allow retailers to rent out this space, creating additional retail revenue,” explains Justin Hawes, MD of Scan Display.

Small traders

“Scan’s RMU’s also create an opportunity for smaller traders, who do not need a large shop floor area, to get into shopping centres. This in turn stimulates the growth of small businesses,” says Hawes.


RMU’s are special-purpose retail kiosks that distinguish themselves from the usual retail carts by eliminating the customary wagon wheels and adding retail fixtures and shelving, special lighting as used in traditional merchandising, and additional security features.

They are portable and can be designed to complement the unique architecture of the location or brand identity.

To demonstrate the versatility of these flexible merchandising solutions, SddRETAIL UK recently conceptualised a RMU design specifically with the 2010 Soccer World Cup in mind. (See attached picture).

For more information, contact Justin Hawes on +27 11 447 4777 or [email protected]. Alternatively visit www.scandisplay.co.za.