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Uber sets 'Uber Elevate' launch for 2020
Uber sets 'Uber Elevate' launch for 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, US: Uber wants to launch a system of flying cars to move people around cities, with a goal of putting demonstration projects in place by 2020...

2 days ago

Gumtree turns over a new leaf
Gumtree turns over a new leaf

From today, 20 April, Gumtree South Africa sports its new logo, as part of an ongoing and comprehensive redesign...

20 Apr 2017

Tiger Wheel & Tyre breaks new ground with online shopping option
Tiger Wheel & Tyre breaks new ground with online shopping option

On 6 April, Tiger Wheel & Tyre went live with a brand new e-commerce website - an industry-first for a large South African retail wheel and tyre chain...

Issued by Tiger Wheel & Tyre 18 Apr 2017

Digital disrupter Sportal launches into SA sports industry
Digital disrupter Sportal launches into SA sports industry

Freshly launched, Sportal is a game-changer that assists local sporting bodies to bring their properties into the digital age. One of South Africa's biggest sports brands, Orlando Pirates, is on board and using Sportal to turn on its e-commerce solutions and drive commercial value...

Issued by Sportal 12 Apr 2017

Naspers invests an additional R960m in Takealot
Naspers invests an additional R960m in Takealot

Takealot Online (Pty) Ltd today announced a R960m investment from Naspers, highlighting the media group's continued commitment to the online retailer and its confidence in the potential of South Africa's e-commerce sector...

11 Apr 2017

Sachin Bansal, co-founder & executive chairman, Flipkart speaks during a press conference on ‘Model GST Law (TCS) for the e Commerce Sector’ in New Delhi on February 9, 2017 ()
India's Flipkart raises US$1.4bn from Microsoft, eBay, Tencent

MUMBAI, India: India's top e-commerce company Flipkart announced on Monday it had raised $1.4 billion in a record funding round that shores up the online retail giant in its fight against Amazon...

11 Apr 2017

Brent Curry
Why TFG partners with startups

Here, a Q&A with TFG CIO Brent Curry on the retailer's strategy for partnering with startups for mutual gain...

11 Apr 2017

New Glenn: Reusable, vertical-landing booster, 3.85 million pounds thrust.
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Bezos sells US$1bn in Amazon stock yearly to pay for rocket firm

WASHINGTON - Billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos said he is selling $1 billion in stock of his retail giant Amazon each year to finance his rocket company, Blue Origin, which aims to carry tourists to space by 2018...

10 Apr 2017

New online store offers local merchants ‘space' to increase sales
New online store offers local merchants ‘space' to increase sales

South African online retail store, Rabaki, aims to extend opportunities for growth to beyond the e-commerce industry, by including individual or small business...

7 Apr 2017

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eBay founder pledges US$100m for global journalism

WASHINGTON - eBay founder Pierre Omidyar's philanthropic foundation pledged Wednesday to donate $100 million over three years to support "independent media and investigative journalism" worldwide, while tackling "misinformation and hate speech"...

6 Apr 2017

Ralph Lauren to close flagship Polo store in Manhattan
Ralph Lauren to close flagship Polo store in Manhattan

Ralph Lauren Corp. plans to shut its flagship Polo store on New York's Fifth Avenue and cut some staff as it shifts more resources to e-commerce...

5 Apr 2017

Local e-commerce industry can fast-track economic growth
Local e-commerce industry can fast-track economic growth

The growing local e-commerce industry presents an exciting solution for fast-track growth in the SMME sector...

5 Apr 2017

Leveraging the rise of voice search
Leveraging the rise of voice search

There is a large amount of current data and predictions on how voice search is on the rise. Now, 40% of US adults are searching by voice at least once a day...

By Tich Savanhu 4 Apr 2017

Boris Dzhingarov
The advantages of starting an online e-book store

In case you are thinking about starting an online e-book store, maybe it's the right time to read more about the advantages that this specific type of business brings...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 4 Apr 2017

Shoppers desire degree of control over retail technology
Shoppers desire degree of control over retail technology

Consumers are most willing to engage brands with new technology if they feel that they are in control of their experience...

3 Apr 2017

Understanding today's omnishopper
Understanding today's omnishopper

It's been a long time since the general store was the go-to place for consumers to pick up everything they needed from week to week...

30 Mar 2017

#Bookmarks2017: Digital download with... Spree
#Bookmarks2017: Digital download with... Spree

Local digirati shone at the recent IAB Bookmark Awards 2017. Here's some feedback from Spree's marketing manager, Kim Hawkins...

By Leigh Andrews 27 Mar 2017

SA e-courier startup Pargo raises $1.2m
SA e-courier startup Pargo raises $1.2m

South African e-courier startup Pargo has closed a R15 million ($1.2 million) funding round led by SAAD Investment Holdings...

By Gabriella Mulligan 24 Mar 2017

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'...

23 Mar 2017

Retailers ready for smart technology adoption
Retailers ready for smart technology adoption

According to recent international research, nearly 70% of retail decision makers are ready to make changes to adopt the Internet of Things...

23 Mar 2017

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

KUALA LUMPUR, 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...

23 Mar 2017

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...

23 Mar 2017

#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 20 Mar 2017

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 20 Mar 2017

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...

20 Mar 2017

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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...

20 Mar 2017

#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

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