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Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing
Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing

Kenyan agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has partnered IBM Research to extend access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system...

By Tom Jackson 19 hours ago

Bruma Oriental City in Bruma, Johannesburg
Is investment in the commercial property market a safer option than shares?

Now, more than ever, investors are finding it a safer option to invest in direct property...

20 hours ago

Mondelez inaugurates $90m 'factory of the future' in Bahrain
Mondelez inaugurates $90m 'factory of the future' in Bahrain

Snack foods giant Mondelez International has invested $90 million into its newest 'factory of the future' in the Kingdom of Bahrain...

20 hours ago

Commission approves tie-up between surfwear titans Billabong and Boardriders
Commission approves tie-up between surfwear titans Billabong and Boardriders

The Competition Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of Billabong International Limited by global branded apparel business Boardriders Inc.

22 hours ago

Empathy - a two-way street in customer service
Empathy - a two-way street in customer service

It's no secret that personalisation is essential in developing a successful customer experience. Central to that is getting to know all you can about your customer and using that information to drive the interaction...

By Wynand Smit 1 day ago

Why Unilever is right to consolidate its headquarters in Rotterdam
Why Unilever is right to consolidate its headquarters in Rotterdam

The consumer goods giant Unilever is in the business of what is called "fast moving consumer goods". And in this business - as the name suggests - speed is the name of the game...

By Martin Friesl 1 day ago

E-commerce and millennials
E-commerce and millennials

Millennials have such close ties to online shopping and smartphone usage, but what does e-commerce mean to them?...

By Fiona Brauns 1 day ago

Fria's Superfoods expands into mainstream health market
Fria's Superfoods expands into mainstream health market

Fria's Superfoods, a locally owned delicatessen specialising in wholesome treats, has just secured shelf space in Wellness Warehouse Lifestyle on Kloof...

1 day ago

Shoprite Group's discount week helps cash-strapped students stretch their budgets
Shoprite Group's discount week helps cash-strapped students stretch their budgets

Student Discount Week, available each month at Shoprite and Checkers stores, is assisting cash-strapped students to make their limited funds go a little further...

1 day ago

SA consumers benefit from lower inflation in February as rand strengthens
SA consumers benefit from lower inflation in February as rand strengthens

The latest Mastercard SpendingPulse report shows moderate growth in consumer spending, but general dealer sales continue to underperform...

1 day ago

SA retail REIT raises R250m in new equity
SA retail REIT raises R250m in new equity

JSE-listed Fairvest Property recently announced that it has raised some R250m in new equity at R2.20 per share...

1 day ago

Truman & Orange launches Mionetto prosecco in SA
Truman & Orange launches Mionetto prosecco in SA

One of the world's top-selling prosecco brands, Mionetto, is now available in South Africa....

2 days ago

Oolala Collection Club answers the call for 'clean' beauty
Oolala Collection Club answers the call for 'clean' beauty

Consumers are wising up to the far-reaching environmental, ethical and health benefits of conscious consumption, and a review of our beauty routines are an important part of the lifestyle audits we're undertaking...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 days ago

Natural, healthy dog treats to your door with Wolf and Women
Natural, healthy dog treats to your door with Wolf and Women

Wolf and Women is a South African subscription box service that specialises in natural, healthy treats for dogs. Biodegradable treat boxes are delivered to the customer's door containing 30 formulated one-a-day treats...

2 days ago

RTD sports drinks gaining market share
RTD sports drinks gaining market share

Ready to drink (RTD) sports drinks were one of the few segments of the non-alcoholic beverage categories that recorded positive growth for the year 2017...

2 days ago

One of the Castle Lite Unlocks concerts. Image supplied.
Castle Lite's 'Unlocks' concert brings the brand's purpose to life

Juanita Pienaar asks Castle Lite director Becky Opdyke how music ties into the message the brand is trying to convey to its consumers, specifically through the Castle Lite 'Unlocks' concerts...

By Juanita Pienaar 3 days ago

Durex Connect-ED empowers youth to make sound choices about sexual health
Durex Connect-ED empowers youth to make sound choices about sexual health

With sex education playing a significant role in enabling our youth to take full control of their sexual behaviour, Durex's Connect-ED programme aims to make a difference in South African communities...

3 days ago

The role of mobile in building brand loyalty
The role of mobile in building brand loyalty

With falling consumer confidence and a slow economic growth outlook, brands are intensifying the fight for consumer loyalty...

By Nicholas Bednall 3 days ago

US poultry delegation scopes out opportunities in SA
US poultry delegation scopes out opportunities in SA

The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) hosted its international staff meeting in South Africa recently, bringing producer members to the country to explore opportunities...

3 days ago

Kenya: Mobile commerce deals pass $10bn mark
Kenya: Mobile commerce deals pass $10bn mark

The value of mobile commerce transactions in Kenya has passed the Ksh1 trillion ($10 billion) mark for the first time...

3 days ago

Flu shots on the go with Discovery Health and Uber
Flu shots on the go with Discovery Health and Uber

With winter and the dreaded flu season around the corner, Discovery Health has teamed up with Uber to provide flu shots on-demand...

3 days ago

Search is on for new Face of Pond's
Search is on for new Face of Pond's

Pond's South Africa is searching for the new face of its brand, who will feature in the company's marketing campaigns and win prizes to the value of a R100,000...

13 Apr 2018

Unbranded awning over Ta-Barbetta, the village baker | Mark Leach
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The invisible baker

Diagonally across from our village house and on the opposite corner lies one of the great marketing mysteries of Malta, a retail conundrum that would perplex even Sherlock Holmes - the case of the invisible baker...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 13 Apr 2018

Luxury German watch brand A. Lange & Söhne now available in SA
Luxury German watch brand A. Lange & Söhne now available in SA

Handcrafted timepieces from German watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne are now available locally from Johannesburg luxury retailer, The Vault...

13 Apr 2018

Meet the Maker: Nicole Warden from CopperFox G&T
Meet the Maker: Nicole Warden from CopperFox G&T

The ready-to-drink CopperFox is distilled at the at Time Anchor Distillery, 100% natural and contains 13 African botanicals including Rose geranium, Sour Sea figs, Citrus, Fynbos and Honeybush...

By Samantha Snedorf 13 Apr 2018

Dylan Govender
Face lift for SA custom regulations

According to current statistics produced by SARS' manifest processing system (MPR), the country's road modality is at 76% when it comes to electronic submission compliance with sea and air lagging at 50% and 24% respectively...

By Dylan Govender 13 Apr 2018

African bottling giant unveils new head office in PE
African bottling giant unveils new head office in PE

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa has announced the opening of its new head office in Port Elizabeth. The building will house the largest Coca-Cola bottler on the African continent...

13 Apr 2018

Col'Cacchio Insta-readies its dining experience
Col'Cacchio Insta-readies its dining experience

Italian-inspired restaurant franchise Col'Cacchio has added an engaging element to their dining experience that would hold special appeal for their social media-savvy customers...

12 Apr 2018

Rediscover the V&A with its new audio walking tour
Rediscover the V&A with its new audio walking tour

The V&A Waterfront has launched a free audio walking tour, giving visitors insight into the history of the property and its evolution from an industrial port to one of the country's top attractions...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 12 Apr 2018

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