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Top safety tips to prevent shoplifting
Top safety tips to prevent shoplifting

Despite the prevalence of security cameras and high-tech alarm systems, shoplifting continues to be a concern for retailers across the country...

By Morné Stoltz 8 Feb 2017

Protecting against cyber threats
Protecting against cyber threats

The benefits of online shopping far outweigh conventional shopping methods. However, there are very real security threats associated with online shopping...

22 Dec 2016

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Rookie cops to beef up security at PE malls

More than 140 police rookies have been deployed to shopping malls in Port Elizabeth in an attempt to strengthen security during the festive season...

By Gareth Wilson 20 Dec 2016

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Counterfeit toys more than just criminal, dangerous

Counterfeit toys are no only the product of criminal enterprises but also pose a danger to the children who receive them...

19 Dec 2016

#BestofBiz 2016: Retail
#BestofBiz 2016: Retail

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2016 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views. Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Retail portal over the past year below.

12 Dec 2016

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Card, cybercrime threats to look out for this festive season

Consumers are eager to spend and retailers are keen for the windfall of the holidays but when people are more spendthrift, criminals are more alert. This is particularly true for cybercriminals, cashing in on the holiday spirit...

By Hein Kern 7 Dec 2016

'Dronejacking' may be the next big cyber threat
'Dronejacking' may be the next big cyber threat

A big rise in drone use is likely to lead to a new wave of "dronejackings" by cybercriminals, security experts warned...

30 Nov 2016

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Finding solutions to the growing chargeback challenge

Increasing sophistication in card fraud is reason for concern. Not only for banks, but most especially for online merchants, who are at risk of losing their ability to trade should they be implicated in repeat fraud attempts and excessive customer disputes...

By Kyle Rozendo 25 Nov 2016

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Five tips for safe online shopping

With Friday, 25 November being Black Friday, it is predicted that many will flock online for great deals but, with so many people online, many cybercriminals will be waiting...

24 Nov 2016

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Retail security trends for 2017 - 'servification' and DNA protection

Monica Hallin, CEO of Vindico Group, predicts the three strongest trends in retail security for 2017...

By Monica Hallin 22 Nov 2016

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Malls gear up for Black Friday

The countdown to Black Friday has begun. And retailers across the country are preparing for an influx of shoppers on the busiest shopping day of the year...

By Monica Laganparsad 21 Nov 2016

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Mobile payment security for a globetrotting generation

Thanks to advances in technology, the travel experience - compared to only a few years ago - is faster, simpler and more convenient. We book airline tickets, hotel stays, and call an Uber quickly and easily with a simple click on websites or in apps, paying with credit or debit cards. And, once on the road, we use our mobiles to check-in, access boarding passes, and receive updates on any changes to our plans...

By Ajay Bhalla 9 Nov 2016

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Why point-of-sale breaches remain a lucrative endeavour for cybercriminals

Most of the customers in the queue for Wendy's, in Nebraska, only intended to grab a burger or a coffee. Luckily for the customers - they did manage to get their food and drinks. But unluckily, by the time they left the café, cybercriminals had also accessed the point-of-sale (POS) system and stolen thousands of card records...

8 Nov 2016

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Is it wise for brands to insult black township consumers who are worth R100bn?

The township economy is worth R100bn, while the stokvel industry is estimated to be worth around R70bn. This is according to the Gauteng MEC for economic development, agriculture and rural development, Lebogang Maile...

By Bandile Ndzishe 12 Oct 2016

Malls tighten security after terror warnings
Malls tighten security after terror warnings

The Department of State Security had downplayed warnings of an increased likelihood of Islamic terrorist attacks in South Africa issued by the US, UK and Australian governments...

By Philani Nombembe and Graeme Hosken 7 Jun 2016

Tips to avoid becoming a victim of cyber fraud this festive season
Tips to avoid becoming a victim of cyber fraud this festive season

With millions of South Africans preparing to log on to do their shopping this festive season, gangs of cyber criminals are lying in wait to spoil the party by infiltrating networks and stealing money and identities. But you need not become one of the victims if you employ a pre-emptive practical strategy to mitigate the risks...

7 Dec 2015

Be vigilant over Christmas, RBS executive warns shoppers
Be vigilant over Christmas, RBS executive warns shoppers

As the year draws to a close, shopping malls begin to experience a significant rise in foot traffic as many South Africans and international tourists rush to complete their Christmas shopping...

25 Nov 2015

Card skimming fraud: who is liable?
Card skimming fraud: who is liable?

With a 23% year-on-year increase in card skimming fraud from R366 million to R453 million recorded last year, according to the Hawks, it is becoming increasingly important for both consumers and establishments to be vigilant about this type of fraud, especially during the busy festive season...

20 Nov 2015

Four tips on how retailers can protect themselves from data breaches
Four tips on how retailers can protect themselves from data breaches

MasterCard addressed various issues impacting retailers across Africa...

13 Nov 2015

Apple sees off bag-search US lawsuit
Apple sees off bag-search US lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple has defeated a class action lawsuit from its California store employees seeking back pay for the time taken to undergo checks of their bags when leaving for the day...

9 Nov 2015

SA online escrow service to exhibit at Web Summit in Ireland
SA online escrow service to exhibit at Web Summit in Ireland

TradeSafe, a South African online escrow payment startup, has been invited to exhibit at Web Summit in Ireland from 3 to 5 November...

4 Nov 2015

Apple pulls data snooping apps from online shop
Apple pulls data snooping apps from online shop

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple rid its App Store of some applications that it said could snoop on people's data and posed a security threat...

12 Oct 2015

Security, electricity costs hit Shoprite bottom line
Security, electricity costs hit Shoprite bottom line

CAPE TOWN - Armed robberies and Eskom's load shedding have cost SA's largest supermarket group Shoprite Holdings an additional R3bn in operating costs this year...

19 Aug 2015

Retail safety in a world of malls
Retail safety in a world of malls

South Africa has an ever-increasing number of shopping malls. While they offer consumers convenience and retailers good volumes of foot traffic, safety risks are a significant concern that need to be carefully managed and can be mitigated by using the right tools...

By Grant Dunnington 17 Aug 2015

Realmdigital explains how 3D Secure is affecting SA online stores
Realmdigital explains how 3D Secure is affecting SA online stores

Despite showing significant growth in 2014 and into 2015, the South African e-commerce market has had another challenge threatening its progress...

6 Aug 2015

Mobile fraud: it's on the rise and what you can do about it
Mobile fraud: it's on the rise and what you can do about it

Think that you are safe? Believe that your mobile device is secure and your transactions completely protected? You'd be wrong...

By Chad Fichardt 23 Jul 2015

South African start-up life hacks: the second hand goods act
South African start-up life hacks: the second hand goods act

Buying or selling means a certain amount of risk and you'd only have to speak to a friend to hear of an incident where a criminal has deployed their scam via a classified ad...

6 Jul 2015

Retail companies take 200 days to identify advanced cyber threats, survey reveals
Retail companies take 200 days to identify advanced cyber threats, survey reveals

The most serious security challenge retail organisations face are advanced cyber threats. According to a new Ponemon Institute Survey...

1 Jul 2015

[Source Africa 2015] Wearing your heart on your sleeve
[Source Africa 2015] Wearing your heart on your sleeve

Whether shopping for something as simple as a pair of jeans or that must-have fashion item, the average consumer doesn't give much thought to...

By Nicci Botha 10 Jun 2015

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