Rod SmithTWO prominent retail support companies have merged their operations this month following the acquisition of the brand activation company Product Placements 2011 Ltd (PPL) by the Albany-based Merchandiser Support Team (MST). Both companies say they have a similar service, people and product focused approach and both have grown organically over recent years. PPL director Merilyn Havler is stepping back from her company but is remaining with the team in a consultancy role. General manager Zekda Botes will remain with the merged operation.

MST managing director Rod Smith whose company has delivered national in-store merchandising for the past 10 years, said the fit of the two companies could not be better and fresh growth was promised.