The "big four" grocery retail stores should no longer be allowed to have divisions selling a variety of unrelated products, says Panichi Gundo‚ the founder of Soweto Brands. In his submission on the first day of the Competition Commission’s Grocery Retail Market Inquiry, which is taking place in Johannesburg‚ Gundo said it was unfair for the four — Spar‚ Shoprite‚ Pick n Pay and Massmart — to have divisions selling food‚ clothes‚ medicine‚ liquor and hardware‚ and manufacturing their in-house brands, among other things. Soweto Brands, which was founded in 2014‚ manufactures fast-moving consumer goods, such as soap powder and dishwashing liquid‚ and has been distributing its products to spaza shops since February. Gundo has found his business having to compete with the big four and that it has proved difficult to supply his goods to the retail giants. He said some of the retailers have sent him from pillar to post, while others are not willing to give his products a trial run in thei...

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