5M2T data solution offers a deep-dive into SA's informal trade
5M2T data solution offers a deep-dive into SA's informal trade

5M2T aims to take the guesswork out of doing business in South Africa's dynamic informal sector by providing brands and wholesale distributors with detailed data analysis of informal retail...

3 days ago

Brace your business for the festive shopping season
Brace your business for the festive shopping season

2018 has been a year of great retail activity and by August we had reached a technical recession. A recession is two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth...

By Eben Esterhuizen 11 Oct 2018

Prepare your brand for retail disruption at Shopper Insights
Prepare your brand for retail disruption at Shopper Insights

The Shopper Insights briefing, set to take place in Johannesburg on 7 November 2018, will unpack the key shopper trends that brands should tap into to get ahead in the retail space...

5 Oct 2018

The paradox of choice. Why made-to-order might not solve the fashion industry's problems
The paradox of choice. Why made-to-order might not solve the fashion industry's problems

How could you go from winning awards for "Store Design of The Year" and "Best Shoe Ever" to selling nothing?

By Jessica Pallant and Sean Sands 4 Oct 2018

Guzzle launches B2B app for retail SMEs
Guzzle launches B2B app for retail SMEs

South African online retail aggregator Guzzle, which allows consumers to browse deals from the country's largest retailers, has just launched its business-to-business app...

4 Oct 2018

7 tips for providing top-class shopper support in-store
7 tips for providing top-class shopper support in-store

Customer service is one of the biggest drivers of sales and loyalty in retail, yet plenty of merchants continue to underestimate just how powerful it can be...

By Higor Torchia 3 Oct 2018

The modern store journey: integrated, informative and engaging
The modern store journey: integrated, informative and engaging

Despite challenging global economic conditions, retail sales in South Africa rose 1.3% year-on-year in July. Even though this is in line with expectations...

By Cecil Ungerer, Issued by Smart Media 1 Oct 2018

Smart checkout tech to exceed $45bn transactions by 2023
Smart checkout tech to exceed $45bn transactions by 2023

Retail spend at frictionless payment stores like Amazon Go will grow from an estimated $253 million in 2018 to over $45 billion by 2023, as retailers strive to eliminate queues...

25 Sep 2018

Krispy Kreme SA expands focus on off-premise sales
Krispy Kreme SA expands focus on off-premise sales

South Africans can now get Krispy Kreme doughnuts on the go in more areas, more often, as the company will be expanding its off-premise sales to 23 stores across Johannesburg, Pretoria and KZN...

25 Sep 2018

Growth in soft drinks expected for sub-Saharan Africa
Growth in soft drinks expected for sub-Saharan Africa

Despite the challenges presented by changing consumer habits, sugar taxation and increasing public pressure for healthier beverage options on the shelf, the soft drinks industry remains extremely optimistic...

19 Sep 2018

6 top tips for effective customer engagement on mobile
6 top tips for effective customer engagement on mobile

Speaking at this year's annual PriceCheck Awards ceremony, CEO Kevin Tucker noted that the Tech and E-commerce Awards are more important than ever before...

By Lynette Hundermark 18 Sep 2018

Drop in SA consumer confidence squeezes spending
Drop in SA consumer confidence squeezes spending

South Africans are under financial pressure, as indicated by the latest consumer confidence data...

18 Sep 2018

Uganda's 2ambale targets millennials with speedy e-commerce platform
Uganda's 2ambale targets millennials with speedy e-commerce platform

Ugandan e-commerce startup 2ambale is targeting people between the ages of 21 and 35 with its mobile app, which promises deliveries of orders within one hour...

By Tom Jackson 17 Sep 2018

Why and how retailers turn everyday items into 'must-have' collectables
Why and how retailers turn everyday items into 'must-have' collectables

Coles' recent "Little Shop collectables" promotion has proved a hit with consumers, with entire sets of the toy products selling online for exorbitant prices...

By Louise Grimmer and Martin Grimmer 14 Sep 2018

Retail sales decline in June, but clothing and pharmaceuticals perform positively
Retail sales decline in June, but clothing and pharmaceuticals perform positively

The clothing, pharmaceutical, medical goods, cosmetics and toiletry sectors outperformed the South African retail market for July 2018, showing year-on-year growth of 3.9% and 4.6% respectively...

12 Sep 2018

SA's growing appetite for convenience an opportunity for retailers, manufacturers
SA's growing appetite for convenience an opportunity for retailers, manufacturers

South African consumers are facing an increasingly stressful, time-starved lifestyle which has created a burgeoning demand for convenient solutions that can help simplify their lives...

12 Sep 2018

Smartphones and panel TVs lift South Africa's consumer tech market in Q2 2018
Smartphones and panel TVs lift South Africa's consumer tech market in Q2 2018

Revenues in South Africa's technical consumer goods market climbed 8% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2018...

Issued by GfK South Africa 11 Sep 2018

Online spend in SA will hit R45bn in 2018, and consumers are shopping the globe
Online spend in SA will hit R45bn in 2018, and consumers are shopping the globe

South Africans are forecasted to spend over R45 billion online this year, with over 60% making a purchase from an overseas retailer...

11 Sep 2018

SA's second-hand trading industry a trillion rand economy - Gumtree
SA's second-hand trading industry a trillion rand economy - Gumtree

South Africa's second-hand trading industry has a potential value of R1.4 trillion, according to a survey conducted by Gumtree...

5 Sep 2018

Grassroots trading to luxury leather leader: The journey of Jekyll and Hide
Grassroots trading to luxury leather leader: The journey of Jekyll and Hide

Jekyll and Hide founder Bernard Bultemeier talks luxury leather, global expansion, the challenges facing independent retail today and why we'll all be wearing backpacks soon...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 4 Sep 2018

Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards 2018 winners revealed
Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards 2018 winners revealed

Takealot cleaned up at this year's Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards, bagging four of the 14 awards presented, including the coveted E-commerce Service of the Year...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 31 Aug 2018

7 ways to create in-store experiences that drive traffic and sales
7 ways to create in-store experiences that drive traffic and sales

Competition in the retail industry is fiercer than ever. Between e-commerce sites and subscription services, consumers have plenty of choices when it comes to where they spend their time and money...

By Higor Torchia 31 Aug 2018

Greater need for retail innovation as hard times bite
Greater need for retail innovation as hard times bite

Retailers and shopping centres need to work harder at enticing shoppers as shrinking salaries, a VAT increase, petrol price hikes, escalating food costs and soaring electricity fees are contributing to mounting financial pressure...

30 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: The woman behind PayU South Africa
#WomensMonth: The woman behind PayU South Africa

Karen Nadasen, CEO of PayU South Africa, is regularly described as one of South Africa's most inspiring women in tech, nominated for IT Personality of the Year 2017...

By Evan-Lee Courie 30 Aug 2018

The "end" of the shopkeeper (and other retail trends)
The "end" of the shopkeeper (and other retail trends)

Self-service retail is swooping across the globe; from online shopping to self-checkout, there's a growing trend in retail environments that focuses on driving efficient and seamless processes to enhance service and CX...

By Wynand Smit 29 Aug 2018

Trendzilla alert: Tech builds tailor-made trust
Trendzilla alert: Tech builds tailor-made trust

The hyper-connected multiverse of tomorrow is today. Brands can get washed away, overwhelmed by the virtual trend wave, or they can surf the possibilities in this era of omni-channeling.

By Daniella Shapiro 27 Aug 2018

Leveraging strategic partnerships to move from bricks to clicks
Leveraging strategic partnerships to move from bricks to clicks

To mirror the success of newer, online stores, large retailers are looking to modernise by establishing parallel online presences...

By Jaqueline van Eeden 23 Aug 2018

Why online marketplaces can be catalysts for SME growth
Why online marketplaces can be catalysts for SME growth

In the modern business environment, one of the biggest make-or-break factors for small to medium-sized companies is creating and maintaining a strong online presence...

21 Aug 2018

5 ways e-commerce startups can take advantage of Black Friday
5 ways e-commerce startups can take advantage of Black Friday

According to Google Trends, last year South Africa registered the largest Black Friday search interest of any country, even ahead of the US where the retail mega-event was conceived...

16 Aug 2018

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