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Facebook introduces new shopping ad format to showcase products
Facebook introduces new shopping ad format to showcase products

Marketers want better ways to visually inspire mobile shoppers to purchase, and so Facebook is introducing a new ad format called 'collection'...

7 hours ago

China's Alibaba to set up logistics hub in Malaysia
China's Alibaba to set up logistics hub in Malaysia

Alibaba and Malaysia announced on Wednesday that they will set up a logistics and e-commerce hub in the Southeast Asian country to boost small and medium-sized companies...

15 hours ago

How to hack Pinterest to market your business
How to hack Pinterest to market your business

Marketing is a dense arena with many companies adopting the same stale approach. But, there is a new strategy you can implement focusing on the sleeping giant of the social media realm...

16 hours ago

#SeamlessAfrica: Tackling the omnichannel retail reality
#SeamlessAfrica: Tackling the omnichannel retail reality

‘Omnichannel' is not merely a business buzzword, it's the new retail reality. Amanda Herson, e-commerce director for the Cape Union Mart Group, shared her thoughts...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 days ago

How to build an e-commerce website that works
How to build an e-commerce website that works

According to Kissmetrics, e-commerce-related metrics will change the very approach to marketing. It has become a powerful reference point that defines the way many businesses are modelled...

Issued by Naija Writers’ Coach 3 days ago

Luxury online shopping platform Italist launches in SA
Luxury online shopping platform Italist launches in SA

Italist, a large online shopping portal dedicated to selling luxury goods from Italy's multi-brand independent fashion retailers, has launched in SA...

3 days ago

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Urban farming project to deliver Harvest of Hope

UCook will contribute a portion of its gross profits to Abalimi Bezekhaya, its preferred supplier of organic produce, to support the organisations upskilling urban farming project, Harvest of Hope...

3 days ago

#SeamlessAfrica: A masterclass in millennial engagement and retention
#SeamlessAfrica: A masterclass in millennial engagement and retention

Millennials are known to be tech-savvy, socially engaged, have zero tolerance for delays and are always on the go...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 Mar 2017

Adopt an omnichannel retail strategy or risk closure
Adopt an omnichannel retail strategy or risk closure

Italist.com CEO, Diego Abba, was one of the opening keynote speakers at the Seamless Africa conference (future of payments, e-commerce & retail) in Cape Town...

16 Mar 2017

Why everyone is afraid of Amazon
Why everyone is afraid of Amazon

How do we survive in an Amazon landscape? With the inevitable adoption of e-commerce across the globe, Amazon has had a staggering impact...

By Sue Morris 16 Mar 2017

Moving South Africa to 5% e-commerce
Moving South Africa to 5% e-commerce

E-commerce experts believe it is possible to take South African e-commerce from 1% of total retail to 5%...

15 Mar 2017

Shirley Maltz, CEO of HomeChoice. Credit: Financial Mail
HomeChoice increases its revenue despite challenging year

Home-shopping and digital retailer HomeChoice International declared a dividend of 87c per share on Tuesday in the release of its financial statements...

By Matthew Stevens 15 Mar 2017

Ringier, Silvertree end JV; Silvertree gets DealDey
Ringier, Silvertree end JV; Silvertree gets DealDey

Switzerland's Ringier Africa has exited its recently formed joint venture with South Africa's Silvertree Internet Holdings, with Silvertree taking full ownership...

By Gabriella Mulligan 13 Mar 2017

The value of rewards in building consumer trust online
The value of rewards in building consumer trust online

Trust, throughout the e-commerce ecosystem, was the number one topic taking up headspace for those in the industry...

By Carlos Simões 9 Mar 2017

South Africans value ease and efficiency of online retail
South Africans value ease and efficiency of online retail

South African consumers are increasingly turning to e-commerce platforms when looking for, comparing and purchasing a variety of items...

8 Mar 2017

E-commerce: South Africans' new way of window-shopping
E-commerce: South Africans' new way of window-shopping

Emerging markets can gain almost 20/20 hindsight from the failures and successes of developed markets. Unfortunately, very few companies cast their eyes beyond the borders...

By Charl van Rooyen, Issued by MediaCom 7 Mar 2017

A story of success: The road from startup to a worldwide e-commerce phenomenon
A story of success: The road from startup to a worldwide e-commerce phenomenon

Retargeting.Biz, the Romanian startup that caught the attention of many important online retailers like Fashion Up, Floria, Zorile Store, Glittio, Meli Melo and Evolio, is constantly growing and developing overseas...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 7 Mar 2017

Six tips to select the right e-commerce fulfilment service
Six tips to select the right e-commerce fulfilment service

In e-commerce, order fulfilment involves managing inventory, packaging orders, shipping to customers and handling returns. Many e-commerce businesses are outsourcing...

By Charles Mburugu 6 Mar 2017

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The consequences of this week's Amazon outage

On Tuesday, 28 February at 11:53am PST Amazon's S3 web-based storage service went down across the US-EAST-1 region, a four-hour outage causing major issues for millions of AWS users across the US...

3 Mar 2017

#eComConfex: Become digitally intelligent, or go home
#eComConfex: Become digitally intelligent, or go home

If your business does not have digital intelligence at its core by 2020 you may as well go home. This is according to James McCormick...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 Mar 2017

Rising e-commerce trends in South Africa for the year 2017
Rising e-commerce trends in South Africa for the year 2017

Experts hold that consumer uptake and the popularity of e-commerce is going to see a significant local growth in 2017. Let's now check out some of the trends that we will see in terms of online business growth this year...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 3 Mar 2017

Massive growth predicted for cross-border e-commerce in sub-Saharan Africa
Massive growth predicted for cross-border e-commerce in sub-Saharan Africa

Cross-border online retail volumes are predicted to increase at an annual average rate of 25%...

28 Feb 2017

Sex toys high on South African web searches
Sex toys high on South African web searches

A special report, released by StatisticsBrain last year, indicated South Africans were third in the world for sex toy searches...

27 Feb 2017

#eComConfex: A crash course in cross-border e-commerce
#eComConfex: A crash course in cross-border e-commerce

As the CEO of the continent's largest online shopping platform, Nigeria-born Chris Folayan knows a thing or two about creating online experiences...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 27 Feb 2017

Air Cargo Africa panel discusses continent's e-commerce potential
Air Cargo Africa panel discusses continent's e-commerce potential

On the first day of the fourth edition of the biennial trade fair, ACA 2017, organised by STAT Media Group at the Emperors Palace last week, Air Cargo Africa 2017...

27 Feb 2017

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Bidcorp open to acquisitive and organic growth opportunities

Food services group Bid Corporation (Bidcorp), which was unbundled from industrial conglomerate Bidvest Group, grew its interim revenue 5% to R67.8bn...

By Pericles Anetos 24 Feb 2017

#DesignMonth: Love local, love sustainable, Love Milo
#DesignMonth: Love local, love sustainable, Love Milo

As we slowly wise up to the negative effects our growing consumerism has on the environment, it could be argued that the most progressive design is that which is sustainable...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Feb 2017

Starting your own e-commerce retail store – transparency is key
Starting your own e-commerce retail store – transparency is key

A few years ago, South Africans were sceptical about shopping online but, with improved security systems, better access to technology, a wider range of choice...

21 Feb 2017

Alibaba unit invests $200m in South Korea's Kakao Pay
Alibaba unit invests $200m in South Korea's Kakao Pay

Alibaba's payment affiliate Ant Financial will invest $200 million in a unit of South Korean messaging giant Kakao, the companies said on Tuesday...

21 Feb 2017

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