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SA consumers benefit from lower inflation in February as rand strengthens
SA consumers benefit from lower inflation in February as rand strengthens

The latest Mastercard SpendingPulse report shows moderate growth in consumer spending, but general dealer sales continue to underperform...

1 day ago

The role of mobile in building brand loyalty
The role of mobile in building brand loyalty

With falling consumer confidence and a slow economic growth outlook, brands are intensifying the fight for consumer loyalty...

By Nicholas Bednall 3 days ago

RTD sports drinks gaining market share
RTD sports drinks gaining market share

Ready to drink (RTD) sports drinks were one of the few segments of the non-alcoholic beverage categories that recorded positive growth for the year 2017...

2 days ago

Kenya's MoBar Delivery brings alcohol to your door
Kenya's MoBar Delivery brings alcohol to your door

Kenyan startup MoBar Delivery is connecting consumers with suppliers via couriers using a mobile app, streamlining and simplifying distribution of goods, starting with alcohol...

By Tom Jackson 12 Apr 2018

Location and voice technology are the future of retail
Location and voice technology are the future of retail

Retailers, struggling to connect with their customers, have been trialling new technologies to blend in-store and digital experiences...

By Gary Mortimer and Louise Grimmer 11 Apr 2018

Mobile and social are dominant forces in SA retail
Mobile and social are dominant forces in SA retail

Virtual shopping is becoming the norm. Using our mobile devices to window shop and find the best price, product reviews, and advice through social media has reinvented the shopping experience...

By Kerry Hope 6 Apr 2018

Mobile culture fertile ground for online retail growth
Mobile culture fertile ground for online retail growth

South Africa has a population 56 million, but the number of cellphones in the country exceeds the number. 22.5 million of these mobile owners are online users and many of them shop online using their cellphones...

5 Apr 2018

The role of EFT payments in enhancing online retail revenue
The role of EFT payments in enhancing online retail revenue

According to Effective Measure's 2017 E-commerce Industry Report, 54% of South Africans have not yet shopped online. Just like consumers who already shop online, shoppers sticking to in-store retailers say that a payment method they can trust would encourage them to shop online...

4 Apr 2018

Easter weekend spending patterns
Easter weekend spending patterns

The VAT increase on 1 April could cause a run on bigger-ticket items as consumers attempt to beat paying the taxman extra...

29 Mar 2018

Zando launches zero-rated shopping for Vodacom subscribers
Zando launches zero-rated shopping for Vodacom subscribers

Online fashion retailer Zando has initiated zero-rate data for both contract and prepaid Vodacom subscribers in SA. This means that all Vodacom users can browse and transact on Zando's app and mobile website and no longer pay for data...

29 Mar 2018

Nicholas Haralambous
#ECMA18: It's not an apocalypse, it's a retail revolution

As store closures continue across the globe, we're witnessing the demise of physical retail as we know it...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 26 Mar 2018

Online retail potential will soon be realised in SA - Spree
Online retail potential will soon be realised in SA - Spree

After a few years hovering around the 1% mark, Spree predicts online shopping's share of total retail sales in South Africa will increase exponentially over the next three years...

26 Mar 2018

Analysts point to mixed signals for retail
Analysts point to mixed signals for retail

While retail sales are expected to remain firm in the coming months, consumers will be more subdued than they were in the second half of 2017, when exceptionally strong spending was recorded...

By Sunita Menon 23 Mar 2018

Classism in South Africa: What's happening in our shops?
Classism in South Africa: What's happening in our shops?

As much as we hate to admit it classism is still very much alive and well in South Africa, particularly within our retail sector. Devan Moonsamy unpacks the term classism and how organisations can train it out so that they are able to be a more inclusive...

By Devan Moonsamy 20 Mar 2018

Zara and H&M shore up defences as internet threatens
Zara and H&M shore up defences as internet threatens

Logistics investments, new technology ... Faced with fierce online competition from the likes of Amazon, affordable fashion giants Zara and H&M are shoring up their defences, trying to use their stores to boost internet sales...

19 Mar 2018

Chicken sales continue to rise as world demand grows
Chicken sales continue to rise as world demand grows

Demand for chicken meat is showing no signs of declining, as poultry overtakes red meat consumption in markets around the world - including the United States and South Africa...

Issued by USA Poultry & Egg Export Council 19 Mar 2018

Healthy growth in retail spending for January as inflation trends downwards
Healthy growth in retail spending for January as inflation trends downwards

South African consumer spending for January 2018 climbed 3.8% year-on-year after removing the effects of inflation, marking the same pace of growth the retail industry saw during the December peak season...

15 Mar 2018

Africa's smartphone market expected to reverse declines
Africa's smartphone market expected to reverse declines

Economic recovery in Nigeria and South Africa, two of Africa's biggest markets for smartphones, is expected to have a positive impact on consumer confidence and sales...

14 Mar 2018

Traditional retail alive and well
Traditional retail alive and well

'Online shopping blasting holes in traditional retailer profits.' 'Retailers acknowledge the threat of online retail on physical stores.' Headlines like these appear regularly in the South African press...

By Simon Van der Merwe 14 Mar 2018

Payment trends in Africa - driven by tech with an African twist
Payment trends in Africa - driven by tech with an African twist

Technology developments will continue to revolutionise payment in both the real and virtual worlds across the globe. As always, though, local conditions will dictate exactly how global trends affect local markets...

By David Noel Lardin 13 Mar 2018

Lego posts first drop in revenue since 2004
Lego posts first drop in revenue since 2004

Danish toy maker Lego, known for its iconic coloured plastic bricks, saw profits shrink last year as the company struggled on its main markets, posting its first drop in revenue since 2004...

8 Mar 2018

PayPal upbeat about digital sales
PayPal upbeat about digital sales

PayPal expects sales from SA of R53bn in 2018 as more and more South Africans use their cellphones as digital wallets...

6 Mar 2018

Change in VAT has retailers scrambling
Change in VAT has retailers scrambling

A month before higher value added tax (VAT) rates take effect, retailers are scrambling to adjust their systems and ensure compliance...

By Nick Hedley 5 Mar 2018

E-commerce automation and personalisation ushers in new era of retail in SA
E-commerce automation and personalisation ushers in new era of retail in SA

With the ceaseless advancement of technology, the retail sector is inescapably looking down the barrel at change. Serious change...

By Chad Fichardt 1 Mar 2018

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 22 Feb 2018

ANC change to boost retailers
ANC change to boost retailers

The outlook for consumer goods companies appears upbeat as a changing political landscape provides some impetus to a stuttering economy...

By Michelle Gumede 16 Feb 2018

Retail sales grow more than analysts expect in December
Retail sales grow more than analysts expect in December

December's retail sales grew 5.3%, beating economists' consensus forecast of 4%...

By Robert Laing 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

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

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