Scan Display’s new, improved fabric lightbox

Lightboxes have become a sought-after medium for branding in retail stores and commercial properties. This is not surprising, as they are visually striking, versatile in size and placement, and the graphics are easily updated.

“Our lightboxes are one of our bestsellers,” says Justin Hawes, MD of exhibition, events and display specialist, Scan Display. “We have recently made some product modifications to the frame and the fabric which have given our lightbox some unique advantages.”

Having undergone an upgrade, the latest version of Scan Display’s lightbox is even more effective. The biggest advantage of the new model is its ultra slim 50mm aluminium frames – a reduction on the previous 65mm frames. This makes it easier to fit the lightbox seamlessly against shop fitting surfaces and walls, and in other tight spaces.

Other features of the updated lightbox include:

  • Newly innovated block-out fabric from Germany. This ensures the LED lightbulbs are not visible through the fabric, no matter the angle from which you look at it.
  • Advanced LED lighting colour-options of either pure white, warm white, or an attractive combination of the two.
  • Adjustable light placement to create different effects.

“These improvements give our clients greater flexibility in terms of how and where they can use our lightboxes,” says Hawes. “They also reduce our cost of manufacture, which has resulted in the new model being sold at a lower price.”

However, some things remain unchanged. A heat sink in the back panel and flame retardant textiles guarantee all of Scan Display’s lightboxes adhere to required safety standards.

If you would like to find out more about Scan Display’s new lightbox, contact Justin Hawes at or on +27 11 447 4777.




Pop-up System, a cost-effective solution for your retail displays

Are you looking for a retail display that you can update easily and affordably? Would you like to be able to set-up and run your own promotions? Do you need an impactful marketing display that you can travel with?

This is all possible with retail display specialist, Scan Retail’s, latest product: the Fabric Pop-up System.

The Fabric Pop-up System is a portable display system that can create stunning promotional displays for retail. Like other pop-up systems, it’s a walled display structure made out of collapsible frames on which you attach graphics. It can be easily assembled and compactly packed away by one person without any tools, making it ideal for travel and quick set-ups and breakdowns.

However, it’s also very different from a traditional pop-up system, largely because it uses fabric graphics instead of vinyl graphics. This yields many benefits:

  • Fabric prints cost less than vinyl, making this system an ideal long term investment because of the low cost to refresh and update your marketing message.
  • Vinyl graphics risk damage if not handled carefully, whereas fabric graphics are more durable.
  • Vinyl is heavier and bulkier, and has to be packed into plastic drums for storage and transporting, unlike the Fabric Pop-up System which is lighter and fits into smaller carry bags (about ⅓ smaller than the drums). This makes travelling with the Fabric Pop-up System easier and more cost-effective.
  • Fabric graphics have the option of backlighting. Walls transform into lightboxes, using backlit fabric and an LED curtain clipped into the back of the This produces an even, vibrant light that will make your retail display ‘pop’.

The Fabric Pop-up System’s modular design also offers unrivalled flexibility. Much like Lego blocks, you can mix and match different structures, creating endless set-up options. This gives you the freedom to adapt your retail displays to your message and product.

Scan Retail offers 27 packages of pre-designed display configurations. Alternatively, you can purchase individual walls (straight or curved, and of varying heights) or request a custom-designed display using the system.

The cost saving potential of this product is significant when you consider:

  • The product itself is very affordable to buy and is built to be re-used.
  • You can add parts as needed, to update your displays over time.
  • Fabric graphics are inexpensive, so your marketing message can change as often as you need it to.
  • You can do your own set-ups, so there is no labour cost involved.
  • It transports well, so it is ideal for promotions in different cities around the world.

Justin Hawes, MD of Scan Retail, describes the product as “revolutionary”. This is because it empowers retailers to take full control of their own marketing displays. “It also has great potential for use across Africa, because it’s durable, easy to use and travels well,” he adds.

The Fabric Pop-up System also comes with a number of accessories, including:

  • Counters
  • Shelves
  • Brackets to mount screens
  • Clip-on spotlights (Halogen and LED options)
  • LED curtains for backlighting (for walls and counters)
  • Stabilising feet

For more information about this innovative new product, visit the Fabric Pop-up System page

Goodbye Malaria’s retail kiosks roll out

This is the story of how a simple retail product can be used creatively and effectively in a life-saving project.

Goodbye Malaria is an initiative started by African entrepreneurs who believe that African creativity can solve one of Africa’s biggest problems: malaria. And it really is a big problem.

  • There were 214 million cases of malaria reported worldwide in 2015
  • 90% of deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • 70% of deaths from malaria are children under the age of five

One of the ways Goodbye Malaria funds its campaigns and activities is by retailing beautiful shweshwe goods and cotton t-shirts, and it was fitting that they decided to position their retail outlets in airport kiosks around the country – to help send this lethal ‘travel bug’ packing.

Retail display specialist, Scan Retail, was honoured to be appointed to supply the kiosks for this special project.

For those who are not familiar with mall kiosks, they are self-contained retail units that allow retailers to operate in any open area – such as airports and mall aisles – rather than being confined to a store. The benefits of using retail kiosks for a project like this are that they are less costly than renting a traditional retail space; they can be strategically positioned where the campaign’s target market is; and they are available in a wide range of designs, with optional features and accessories that ensure they can be fully customised to suit a brand’s identity.

The first roll out of Goodbye Malaria’s retail kiosks began at the O.R. Tambo International Airport in April 2016, where one of Scan Retail’s existing kiosks was refurbished to suit its requirements. After this, two more kiosks were manufactured and installed in different locations within O.R. Tambo.

Melfred Malander, the Scan Retail Account Executive who ran with this project, says, “Goodbye Malaria was happy with the shopping kiosk, and at the end of last year we installed two more kiosks, one at George Airport and one at Cape Town International Airport. This time, instead of opting for our MRKs (Modular Retail Kiosks) which come in standard designs, they opted for a custom-designed kiosk that was designed from scratch to meet their exact needs.”

The last installation was done in December 2017, just in time for the summer holidays when mosquitoes can be especially active.

If you would like to find out more about this or other Scan Retail products, you can view them here or contact Justin Hawes at or on 011 447 4777.