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Online sales of technical consumer goods soar as South Africans seek bargains
Online sales of technical consumer goods soar as South Africans seek bargains

E-commerce retailers grew their share of the South African technical consumer goods market by 52% in 2017, accounting for 6.9% of total consumer spending by rand value for the year...

Issued by GfK South Africa 3 days ago

Experience, it's more than entertainment
Experience, it's more than entertainment

The future of retail, and indeed any business, is about selling solutions rather than products; creating an experience over an above an economic transaction...

By Bronwyn Williams 21 Jun 2018

mPOS transactions to represent 24% of all POS transactions by 2023
mPOS transactions to represent 24% of all POS transactions by 2023

Mobile point-of-sale devices will account for almost 1 in 4 POS transactions by 2023, according to a new study from Juniper Research...

20 Jun 2018

Harnessing the evolutionary power of smart packaging in Africa
Harnessing the evolutionary power of smart packaging in Africa

For the last few years, packaging industry professionals have been curious about the future of smart packaging. Whilst barcodes and QR codes were once considered the "next big thing", the acceleration of technology is transforming smart packaging...

15 Jun 2018

Entries now open for Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards
Entries now open for Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards

Entries are officially open for the third annual Tech and E-commerce Awards hosted by price comparison website Pricecheck...

15 Jun 2018

Will Amazon do to the grocery industry what it did to e-commerce?
Will Amazon do to the grocery industry what it did to e-commerce?

Amazon has been busy lately. After entering the grocery delivery market with Amazon Fresh< and

By Ralf W. Seifert and Richard Markoff 14 Jun 2018

Online shopping meshes with bricks and mortar
Online shopping meshes with bricks and mortar

Forbes' richest people in the world list says Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, earns $107.4 million per day, so he must be doing something right...

By Eben Esterhuizen 13 Jun 2018

This is what customer management tools should do for your business
This is what customer management tools should do for your business

Do you remember your first car? That great feeling of freedom that came with the ability to drive yourself wherever you wanted or needed to go...

By Edward Carbutt 13 Jun 2018

Kenya's Sip simplifies drinks distribution in Nairobi
Kenya's Sip simplifies drinks distribution in Nairobi

Kenyan startup Sip is simplifying the distribution of alcoholic beverages in the country's capital, and is eyeing growth in the B2B space...

By Tom Jackson 11 Jun 2018

Using CO2 to green SA's cooling systems
Using CO2 to green SA's cooling systems

Cooling plays a vital role in daily life, from cooling people in office buildings and hospitals, to cooling products like food and data. Cooling is necessary in our modern society but it also consumes a vast amount of energy...

7 Jun 2018

Global digital commerce spend forecast to reach $14.7tn by 2022
Global digital commerce spend forecast to reach $14.7tn by 2022

Global consumer spend on digital commerce will reach $14.7tn by 2022, up by 60% on last year's figure of $9.2tn. It's expected to approach $15tn annually...

6 Jun 2018

Four ways technology delivers a personalised retail customer experience
Four ways technology delivers a personalised retail customer experience

Across the competitive landscape of the retail industry, we are starting to see a massive trend as retailers adopt more technological practices in order to enhance their customer experience...

Issued by Interact RDT 6 Jun 2018

Kenyan startup Tanda launches inventory-management solution
Kenyan startup Tanda launches inventory-management solution

Kenyan startup Tanda, which makes it easier to run a shop by allowing shop owners to order and manage their inventory, has formally launched after a four-month pilot...

By Tom Jackson 6 Jun 2018

Designing the future of self-adapting sportswear using bacteria
Designing the future of self-adapting sportswear using bacteria

Puma and MIT Design Lab have been collaborating on a research project that looks at how bacteria can be used within sportswear design to improve performance and sustainability...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 5 Jun 2018

Taking telecoms to the next level: Who needs a long-term contract?
Taking telecoms to the next level: Who needs a long-term contract?

The average South African has experienced the sheer frustration that comes as part of the service provider package once you sign on the dotted line, especially when it comes to telecoms service providers...

By Ilse van den Berg 4 Jun 2018

Innovative e-commerce approaches can help small businesses in Africa
Innovative e-commerce approaches can help small businesses in Africa

Africa's growing digital economy is fast changing how business is done on the continent. Trading of goods and services online is estimated to be worth $24bn...

By Mercy Mpinganjira 4 Jun 2018

New Neo display puts premium products back in the aisle
New Neo display puts premium products back in the aisle

With its new interactive aisle display, Quattro Management Systems aims to quell retailer woes relating to shrinkage of small but high-value brands and personal products, while also improving the purchasing experience of the shopper...

1 Jun 2018

Broll research details how tech is transforming the way we shop
Broll research details how tech is transforming the way we shop

There is no doubt that traditional brick-and-mortar shopping remains the backbone of the South African retail industry, but new ways of purchasing are fast becoming standard practice in retail markets...

31 May 2018

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Gartner report: smartphones yield sales growth

According to a report by Gartner, global sales for smartphones returned to growth in the first quarter of 2018. The report shows a 1,3% increase over the same period in 2017...

31 May 2018

What to look forward to at Frigair 2018
What to look forward to at Frigair 2018

The triennial HEVAC&R trade exhibition, Frigair Expo, will be held at the Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg from 6 to 8 June 2018...

29 May 2018

Scanning system could simplify shoe-shopping
Scanning system could simplify shoe-shopping

As we all know, finding a pair of shoes that fits isn't as simple as knowing your shoe size. Depending on the footwear, you might go half a size either way, or the shoes may simply not fit no matter what...

By Ben Coxworth 24 May 2018

Huawei crowned Vodafone Supplier of the Decade
Huawei crowned Vodafone Supplier of the Decade

Vodafone has named Huawei Supplier of the Decade at its Supplier Awards event which recognises companies that have performed outstandingly in supporting the group's continuous drive for operating efficiency...

24 May 2018

Sahmeer Alli
#AfricaMonth: The need for value chain transparency

Sahmeer Alli is SAP Africa's industry advisor and value engineer for travel and logistics in Africa. He has over 15 years' experience in the software and management consulting industry. We chat to Alli in light of #AfricaMonth...

By Ilse van den Berg 22 May 2018

Why the High Street should better harness digital technology - inside its shops
Why the High Street should better harness digital technology - inside its shops

It has become almost fashionable to predict doom and gloom for high street clothes shops. And the outlook can indeed seem bleak...

By Anthony Kent 18 May 2018

Designing a great customer journey can help even the smallest digital offering
Designing a great customer journey can help even the smallest digital offering

From the moment they click onto an e-commerce site, customers develop a lasting impression of your brand...

By Brendon Williamson 18 May 2018

Kenya's Wagon Shopping posts strong growth as it seeks funding
Kenya's Wagon Shopping posts strong growth as it seeks funding

Kenyan e-commerce startup Wagon Shopping processed KES405,000 ($4,000) worth of orders in the first quarter of this year, up 675% from last year, as it positions itself for a funding round...

By Tom Jackson 17 May 2018

How technology is driving the millennial retail market
How technology is driving the millennial retail market

Over the last decade, the retail industry has seen a shift in how it operates. The exponential increase in online shopping has had a significant impact on how we buy our products...

By Mark Thomson 16 May 2018

Moroccan e-commerce platform Hmizate expands into fintech
Moroccan e-commerce platform Hmizate expands into fintech

Moroccan company Hmizate, which since 2011 has provided an e-commerce platform offering users access to goods, food, travel services and deals, has expanded into fintech with the launch of HmizatePay...

By Tom Jackson 16 May 2018

Overcoming customer aversion to innovative retail technologies
Overcoming customer aversion to innovative retail technologies

In a dynamic business world, characterised by shorter product life cycles, growing customer demands and intense competitive rivalry, innovation is increasingly being considered a key element in a business's strategy to attract and maintain customers.

By E van Tonder and DJ Petzer 15 May 2018

Image credit: Zapper
Mastercard to announce new collaboration with Zapper

Zapper will soon be compatible with Mastercard's Masterpass payments system, after the companies on Monday announced a new possible collaboration...

By Andy Walker 14 May 2018

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