Retail Trends 2018

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#StartupStory: Whizzky app goes big in SA, Europe, US
#StartupStory: Whizzky app goes big in SA, Europe, US

Whizzky is a homegrown mobile app for whisky lovers conceptualised and developed by Craig Stockden of Evolve IT, in partnership with Whisky Live...

By Ilse van den Berg 1 day ago

FarEye introduces Drop&Pick parcel shop technology
FarEye introduces Drop&Pick parcel shop technology

Drop&Pick is a new parcel shop technology launched by FarEye, a digital logistics platform. Launched in January 2017 the technology facilitates paperless, high-speed, and secure dispatch/delivery of parcels through its parcel shop network...

19 Feb 2018

App delivery boom shakes up China food sector
App delivery boom shakes up China food sector

Guo Bonan has opened several new branches of his "8Peppers" spicy Sichuan-style restaurants across Shanghai since last year, and not one has a dining room...

16 Feb 2018

Industry 4.0 at the heart of Manufacturing Indaba 2018
Industry 4.0 at the heart of Manufacturing Indaba 2018

This year's Manufacturing Indaba is set to explore the impact of Industry 4.0 and IoT on transformation in the manufacturing industry...

15 Feb 2018

Harnessing tech to sustain the brick and mortar store
Harnessing tech to sustain the brick and mortar store

Online shopping has never been easier or more intuitive. You're at work or laying in bed, and with a simple click of the mouse you can book a dream vacation or the latest curved smart television...

14 Feb 2018

Kenya's Sokowatch to expand after revenue growth
Kenya's Sokowatch to expand after revenue growth

Kenyan startup Sokowatch, a mobile-based ordering and delivery network for small shops, has revealed plans to expand to Mombasa in the third quarter of this year...

By Tom Jackson 13 Feb 2018

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FlySafair enables cashless transactions in-flight

FlySafair has officially launched AviaPay, a new mobile POS system, which enables passengers to use their credit and/or debit cards to purchase refreshments in-flight...

9 Feb 2018

Digital dynamism: A new world of retail opportunities
Digital dynamism: A new world of retail opportunities

Like their international counterparts, South African retailers would traditionally run specials where discounts or 'two for the price of one' offers are given for a period of between a few days and a few weeks...

By Garth Meier 8 Feb 2018

Mall for Africa expands to 11 new markets
Mall for Africa expands to 11 new markets

Mall for Africa, an e-commerce and m-commerce platform present in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda, has expanded to 11 new countries in Africa...

5 Feb 2018

Game-changing trends for the manufacturing industry in 2018
Game-changing trends for the manufacturing industry in 2018

When you think 'IoT', is your first thought newly affordable, available sensors being added to products after they've been manufactured? If it is, well I believe 2018 will change that...

By Antony Bourne 5 Feb 2018

Africa's consumer goods and retail sectors driven by expanding middle class, tech development
Africa's consumer goods and retail sectors driven by expanding middle class, tech development

In Africa and the Middle East, the value of mergers and acquisitions transactions is expected to rise to $6.4 billion in 2018 and will continue to rise in 2019, to $6.6 billion...

1 Feb 2018

Retailer spend on AI to reach $7.3bn by 2022
Retailer spend on AI to reach $7.3bn by 2022

As retailers target new avenues to increase personalisation of the customer experience, global retailer spending on AI is predicted to reach $7.3 billion per annum by 2022...

1 Feb 2018

#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 2
#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 2

In Part 1 of the Trade Intelligence Retail Trends 2018 report, we described how globally and locally, we are in the beginning stages of a game-changing revolution in how products are made and sold...

By Maryla Masojada 25 Jan 2018

SA's Airbuy launches e-commerce payment gateway
SA's Airbuy launches e-commerce payment gateway

South African startup Airbuy has rolled out its alternative payment gateway that allows e-commerce sites to accept payments without their customers exposing their banking details...

By Tom Jackson 25 Jan 2018

What's holding SA retailers back from achieving the omnichannel vision?
What's holding SA retailers back from achieving the omnichannel vision?

Many South African retailers remain steadfast in their traditional business models, characterised by high-touch, 'bricks-and-mortar' engagements, as they try to create the best possible in-store experiences...

By Lindy Lee 24 Jan 2018

How the filling station will evolve in a high-tech future
How the filling station will evolve in a high-tech future

The petroleum retail industry has evolved over the past three decades - in terms of structure, layout, ownership and technologies...

By Louise Steenekamp 24 Jan 2018

Bulk of retailers brace to transform customer experience through IoT
Bulk of retailers brace to transform customer experience through IoT

By 2021, smart technologies will provide shoppers with new levels of personalisation, speed and convenience...

23 Jan 2018

Amazon to open first cashierless shop to public on Monday
Amazon to open first cashierless shop to public on Monday

Online giant Amazon on Monday plans to open a convenience store in Seattle where hungry customers will be able to grab sandwiches and go...

22 Jan 2018

Digital skills, smart technology could transform SA manufacturing
Digital skills, smart technology could transform SA manufacturing

The manufacturing industry's role in the South African economy has seen a long and sustained decline...

By Daniel Schwartzkopff 19 Jan 2018

Top five trends for convenience retail in 2018
Top five trends for convenience retail in 2018

According to Joe Boyle, director at FreshStop, these are the trends that will continue to strategically shape the future of convenience retailing...

19 Jan 2018

Microwave ovens are cooking the environment: study
Microwave ovens are cooking the environment: study

Small electrical appliances such as microwave ovens, kettles and hair dryers harm the environment in a dozen different ways...

19 Jan 2018

Cross-border retail in the digital age
Cross-border retail in the digital age

E-commerce has changed the way the world conducts business, and the rise in technology has made it easier to interact with customers quickly and across borders...

17 Jan 2018

Logistics profitability lags due to skills shortage
Logistics profitability lags due to skills shortage

A shortage of specialised skills that operate the technology optimising the distribution of goods to customers is threatening even the best efforts at scaling operational capability...

17 Jan 2018

Investment into African tech startups hit record high in 2017
Investment into African tech startups hit record high in 2017

Investment into African tech startups hit the highest levels since records began in 2017, with 159 startups raising in excess of $195 million...

17 Jan 2018

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Man's best friend goes high tech at gadget fest

High-end gadgetry showcased at this week's Consumer Electronics Show offered ways that smart devices can improve the lives of animals and their human friends...

15 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Cross border trade set to grow e-commerce in SA
#BizTrends2018: Cross border trade set to grow e-commerce in SA

More and more, consumers in sub-Saharan Africa are looking beyond their borders to get the products and services they need...

By Efi Dahan 12 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 1
#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 1

In this two-part report, Trade Intelligence reveals the drivers and trends shaping grocery retail in South Africa in the short to medium term...

By Maryla Masojada 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The king's demand dictates
#BizTrends2018: The king's demand dictates

Throughput is imperative in business. The challenge is to mitigate barriers negatively impacting throughput...

By Harry van Huyssteen 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Tight budgets, customer demand and African pride driving retail competitiveness
#BizTrends2018: Tight budgets, customer demand and African pride driving retail competitiveness

Budgets are tight, with rising electricity and petrol prices driving many households to tighten their purse strings. In response, the retail industry is becoming increasingly competitive...

By Lindy Lee 11 Jan 2018

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