May 22/17NEWS

Smollan extends their footprint into General Merchandise through stake in Retail Marketing Services (RMS)

International retail solutions company, Smollan, has today announced a share acquisition of specialist, channel specific national merchandising company, Retail Marketing Services.

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Johannesburg, SA – Smollan Group (Smollan) has formed a strategic partnership with Retail Marketing Services (RMS) through the acquisition of a stake in the South African market leader in sales and merchandising of non-food items to the wholesale and retail industry.

Jointly, the two businesses have extensive, combined retail experience of 118 years and will collaborate to share best practice across categories and channels, delivering leading retail solutions for their respective clients.

David Smollan, CEO of Smollan said of the partnership, “By partnering with RMS, Smollan will further enhance its capability in non-foods. We have admired the skills, relationships, and reach of RMS and are proud to be able to partner into the future.”

Andy Simaan, founder and CEO of Retail Marketing Services (RMS) said “RMS look forward to the synergy and opportunities that will arise due to the Smollan deal, which we are sure, could catapult us into other untapped markets, which would stimulate further growth.

Likewise, we at RMS are proud of Smollan’s achievements and success; their strong heritage speaks volumes. We have no doubt that our association will be a long and mutually beneficial one.”


About Smollan

Founded in 1931, Smollan is a retail solutions company, delivering growth for retailers and brand owners across five continents. We cover every aspect of how brands are managed in retail environments through the creation and execution of leading solutions in field sales, retail execution, activation, information and technology. Internationally recognised for our exceptional human platform of over 60 000 people and our sophisticated systems, we drive sales and create brilliant shopper experiences for some of the world’s most loved brands. Contact us at


About RMS

RMS has been delivering retail management services since 1985. During this time RMS has refined their processes, accumulated valuable insight and experience, and built a solid reputation for quality customer service in the retail industry. With unsurpassed knowledge and experience, RMS offer optimised world-class marketing solutions. To find out more about RMS, visit


Contact details

SmollanMonique Yaffe, Chief Marketing Officer

Tel: +27 11 640 8000



RMSAllan Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director

Tel: +27 11 804 4465