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Makro opened their first store in Germiston in 1971. They hold the title for two firsts. They were the first cash and carry operation in South Africa and the first company to use IBM technology to keep track of sales and stock. Makro grew at an alarming rate due to good managers and mergers. They merged with Walmart under the Massmart group, of which they are a cornerstone. Despite the wide variety of products they offer the most attractive thing about Makro is how they give back to the community.
Makro supports no less than six organizations. They have a keen interest in education and therefore choose to support projects that focus on early childhood development. There is a need for such development in South Africa and Makro says they are aware of this need and the struggles that are faced in this area. They support Hope Worldwide’s SUCCEED, Kommunity Desk, Izzi Trust, the African Children Feeding Scheme, Tomorrow Trust and the Wildlands Conservation Trust. The last of these is a wildlife conservation project, which just goes to show that Makro does their bit for the environment as well. Makro strives to make the world a better place for everyone and it really shows in their commitment to their Corporate Social Investments.
In a further attempt to help the environment Makro has launched Green Stores. There are currently 19 Makro stores in South Africa and with each new one the company is ensuring that they leave a smaller imprint on the environment. The latest one is more energy and water efficient than all of its predecessors. They also implement water harvesting and green packaging as a way to save the environment. With the current water shortage in South Africa the water harvesting in the cooling systems is an excellent way to help the environment.
Makro stores offer some of the widest range of products with a Makro catalogue that comes out on a weekly basis. The Makro catalogue is jam packed full of amazing specials. What follows is a list of departments and the products available that are available in all Makro stores.
- Appliances: In the appliances section you will find fridges and freezers, cooking appliances, laundry and dishwashing appliances, kitchen appliances, floorcare appliances, appliances for food preparation, heating and cooling and even water coolers and ice machines. And that’s just appliances.
- Electronics and Gaming: Here you can find televisions, video players, satellite and GPS gadgets, photography equipment, audio equipment, gaming equipment (for PC’s, Playstations, Nintendo and XBox), interactive toys and lifestyle gadgets.
- Computing and Mobile: This department offers desktops and notebooks, cellphones and tablets, computer memory and storage, printers and cartridges, computer software programs and finally networking routers and accessories.
- Home and Catering: Under this section you will find everything you need for the kitchen, laundry and scullery, bedroom and bathroom, as well as accessories for decorating, catering and luggage items.
- DIY: In the DIY section the items on offer include DIY and industrial power tools and accessories, hand tools, workshop machinery, security equipment, paints and surface finishings, automotive and electrical equipment, trolleys and ladders, shelving and fittings and lighting fixtures and globes.
- Sports and Outdoor: This section includes items in the following categories: sports, bicycles, exercise and fitness, outdoors and recreation, camping, braai and patio, pool and garden.
- Baby, Toys and Entertainment: Here you will find entertainment products, toy storage accessories, toys, games and baby paraphernalia.
- Office and Stationary: You can stock an entire office from this section with all the office machinery and furniture, and stationery, paper and filing supplies that are available.
- Liquor: This section stocks spirits, beer, premixes, ciders, wines and bar accessories.
- Groceries and Toiletries: And to finish of your shopping all in one spot you can also find the basics, baking and dairy products, drinks, baby supplies, meats and canned goods, coffee teas and creamers, snacks, household items, pet care and personal care products.
As you can see Makro really offers one of the widest selection of goods and all of them are available at competitive prices. This is a one stop shop store that really is worth the visit, so make sure to check out the Makro specials today.