Retail Trends 2018

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Trade in second-hand goods the hidden boom in SA economy
Trade in second-hand goods the hidden boom in SA economy

While the formal South African economy is clearly struggling - the finance minister's grim budget on Wednesday confirmed that harsh truth - there is one key segment of the economy which is booming...

By Claire Cobbledick 1 day ago

Bidcorp reaps most of its profits from Australia and New Zealand
Bidcorp reaps most of its profits from Australia and New Zealand

Bid Corporation (Bidcorp) earns most of its revenue in Europe, but most of its profit from Australia and New Zealand...

By Robert Laing 1 day ago

Walmart shares dive as e-commerce growth slows
Walmart shares dive as e-commerce growth slows

Investors pummeled Walmart shares on Tuesday after the retail behemoth reported disappointing fourth-quarter earnings in results that revealed growing pains in its e-commerce buildout...

2 days ago

#Newsmaker: Esther Hoogstad steers Spree's customer journey
#Newsmaker: Esther Hoogstad steers Spree's customer journey

Newly appointed as head of customer interaction and marketing at Spree, Esther Hoogstad will be taking charge of the online retailer's end to end customer experience...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 days 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

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

How retailers and shopping centres can take advantage of the newly launched WhatsApp business app
How retailers and shopping centres can take advantage of the newly launched WhatsApp business app

Customers want the extra attention... and frankly, they deserve it...

Issued by Lemok Group 13 Feb 2018

South Africans are sentimental spenders - Mastercard Love Index
South Africans are sentimental spenders - Mastercard Love Index

South Africans continue to say "I love you" by investing in experiences over material goods, as new data shows sentimental spending has increased by 50% since 2015...

13 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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E-commerce penetration in Kenya ramping up travel

Travellers' resolve and ability to purchase services on the move has increased the reliance on mobile devices, thus giving service providers who invest in easy-to-use apps a rising edge...

By Josephine Wawira 9 Feb 2018

Amazon unveils grocery delivery via Whole Foods chain
Amazon unveils grocery delivery via Whole Foods chain

US online giant Amazon on Thursday unveiled plans to launch grocery delivery to a number of US cities for its Prime subscribers using its recently acquired Whole Foods supermarket chain...

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

Footwear and children's wear to remain key growth drivers in apparel market
Footwear and children's wear to remain key growth drivers in apparel market

Apparel and footwear industry performance in 2017 has seen value sales grow by 4% with sportswear the most dynamic growth area, closely followed by children's wear...

7 Feb 2018

Online searches for bottled water skyrocket as consumers stock up on Day Zero supplies
Online searches for bottled water skyrocket as consumers stock up on Day Zero supplies

In preparation for Day Zero, now predicted for mid-May, many Capetonians are scrambling to get their hands on bottled water and JoJo Tanks...

7 Feb 2018

The ongoing collision between tech and the transport and logistics sector
The ongoing collision between tech and the transport and logistics sector

Transport and logistics is fast gaining prominence as a sector to watch globally. Increased intercontinental trade has meant increased connection across different size economies...

By Mandisa Maketa 7 Feb 2018

Charles Murito, country manager of Google Kenya |
Google Kenya's Charles Murito on digital advertising and the age of assistance

Google SA hosted a media event earlier this week to bring media practitioners across Africa up to speed on the latest technological advancements in the digital advertising space, focusing on Google Ads in particular...

By Jessica Tennant 7 Feb 2018

Afghan delivery men feel pressure as online sales rise
Afghan delivery men feel pressure as online sales rise

Afghan courier Sarajuddin stops his motorbike on a dirt road in the heart of war-torn Kabul and calls his customer for directions: "I am in the second street. Which way should I go now?"

6 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

The modern marketer is a connected one
The modern marketer is a connected one

In the 1970s, people were served about 300 ads a day. Today it's about 5,000 ads a day. It's a product-polluted world with smart consumers, where it's no longer about differentiation, but about multiple and meaningful connections, says Carmen Murray, founder of Boo-Yah!...

By Jessica Tennant 2 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

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Amazon opens plant-filled 'The Spheres' buildings

Internet giant Amazon on Monday, 29 January, opened its plant-packed The Spheres buildings in its home city of Seattle...

31 Jan 2018

Taxify teams up with OrderIn
Taxify teams up with OrderIn

SA food delivery service, OrderIn, has teamed up with ride-hailing app Taxify, in a deal that is expected to expand the reach and offering of both companies...

30 Jan 2018

How to get in on the cross-border e-commerce trend
How to get in on the cross-border e-commerce trend

As technology continues to grow in power and popularity, it's becoming increasingly easier for e-commerce vendors to break past international borders to build truly global businesses...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 30 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail
#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail

If you're searching for proof that retail as we know it is changing, look no further than Shanghai's 24-hour, unstaffed, self-driving grocery store...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Jan 2018

Amazon drives a fifth city-shaping retail revolution
Amazon drives a fifth city-shaping retail revolution

As possibly the world's oldest economic activity, retailing didn't venture away from the traditional street, with its congestion, grime and weather exposure, until about 1800...

By Paul Drechsler 26 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

Cotton On Group launches online store and rewards programme
Cotton On Group launches online store and rewards programme

Fans of global retailer Cotton On Group will now be able to shop online via a dedicated online store, and earn rewards...

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

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