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4 golden packaging rules for digital nomads
4 golden packaging rules for digital nomads

If your business model is still trying to catch up with what millennials want in packaging, you are going to get left behind by a new generation of digital nomads...

10 Aug 2018

SA consumers consolidate spend by shopping less across fewer categories
SA consumers consolidate spend by shopping less across fewer categories

South African shoppers, beset by a storm of rising prices, are making fewer trips to grocery stores and have dropped an unprecedented three grocery categories from their shopping basket...

3 Aug 2018

Private label rises above SA's competitive trading environment
Private label rises above SA's competitive trading environment

Now that the 'Ramaphoria' dust has settled, retailers and manufacturers are needing to come to terms with the fact that GDP growth is stagnant, and as a result, consumer confidence and sales have remained low...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 Aug 2018

5 ways bricks-and-mortar shops can survive the onslaught of e-commerce
5 ways bricks-and-mortar shops can survive the onslaught of e-commerce

Rarely a week goes by without news of a household high street name shutting up shop or closing stores. The rise of online shopping is widely blamed for the demise of traditional retail...

By Claire McCamley 31 Jul 2018

#MobileCommerce: E-commerce starts to connect with South African consumers
#MobileCommerce: E-commerce starts to connect with South African consumers

With the rise of e-commerce in South Africa taking some bold steps during the last few weeks with the merger of Superbalist and Spree, it seems that mobile e-commerce may finally be on a path to reaching its full potential...

By Gareth Paterson 24 Jul 2018

#Apex2018: Are we human or are we brands?
#Apex2018: Are we human or are we brands?

Musa Kalenga, chief future officer at the House of Brave, opened the Association for Communication and Advertising's Apex 'Next Level of Thinking Masterclass' last week where he spoke about the shifts that are taking place and why he believes we ought to solve real human problems before we think like brands...

By Jessica Tennant 24 Jul 2018

#MobileCommerce: The growth of mobile shopping in South Africa
#MobileCommerce: The growth of mobile shopping in South Africa

E-commerce is going from strength to strength in South Africa, more and more consumers are gaining confidence in making online purchases that are not solely limited to the likes of books, CDs, electronics, airline tickets and the like...

By Graham Du Plessis 13 Jul 2018

The future of retail: Clicks, bricks and data-driven insights
The future of retail: Clicks, bricks and data-driven insights

Over the last 15 years, technology has reshaped the face of global retail. With billions of people spending more time online each day, the way we buy things has evolved...

By Sarah Quinlan 13 Jul 2018

#MobileCommerce: Understanding payment trends to ensure customers get what they want
#MobileCommerce: Understanding payment trends to ensure customers get what they want

Startup companies are faced with a number of challenges before they even begin trading. Market research and designing an excellent customer journey are important, but ensuring your customer has a payment option...

By Brendon Williamson 12 Jul 2018

#MobileCommerce: Step into the future with mobile
#MobileCommerce: Step into the future with mobile

When mobile phones hit the market in South Africa around 1994, there was a sentiment by many that, having lived life quite effectively without these devices, they simply did not need one...

By Dave Nemeth 4 Jul 2018

How technology is transforming the retail business
How technology is transforming the retail business

The world is in a grip of an entrepreneurial revolution, and with African startups raising in excess of $200 million in 2017, it's clear that the culture of innovation is alive and well on our continent...

By Andre Rosslee 3 Jul 2018

#MobileCommerce: The rise of mobile shopping and its impact on business
#MobileCommerce: The rise of mobile shopping and its impact on business

While retailers need to be geared for mobile, it is only a part of the shopping journey in South Africa. Omnichannel is where it is at...

By Robyn Cooke 2 Jul 2018

#SourceAfrica2018: What womenswear to look forward to in spring/summer 2019
#SourceAfrica2018: What womenswear to look forward to in spring/summer 2019

Trend forecaster WGSN reckons womenswear for spring/summer 2019 will lean towards a reclaiming of power dressing in a sassier, sexier aesthetic with an inclination for the '80s and '00s nostalgia...

By Maroefah Smith 2 Jul 2018

Retail tech innovation trends unpacked at annual RCS Summit
Retail tech innovation trends unpacked at annual RCS Summit

The latest technological innovations shaking up the retail sector across the globe were revealed at the second RCS Retail Summit, held in Cape Town and Johannesburg this week...

29 Jun 2018

#SourceAfrica2018: WGSN forecasts bright, hybrid menswear for spring/summer 2019
#SourceAfrica2018: WGSN forecasts bright, hybrid menswear for spring/summer 2019

WGSN's trend forecast for menswear spring/summer 2019 sees a focus on hybrid styling, mixing and matching, and bolder, brighter colours...

By Maroefah Smith 28 Jun 2018

#MFGIndaba: Business beyond 2020
#MFGIndaba: Business beyond 2020

For manufacturers to stay ahead they need to think consciously about the next thing and come up with the next thing...

By Danette Breitenbach 26 Jun 2018

#SourceAfrica2018: 3 macro trends for spring/summer 2019
#SourceAfrica2018: 3 macro trends for spring/summer 2019

WGSN's director of retail and buying Sara Maggioni presented a spring/summer 2019 trend forecast at Source Africa 2018, held in Cape Town last week...

By Maroefah Smith 25 Jun 2018

Experience, it's more than entertainment
Experience, it's more than entertainment

The future of retail, and indeed any business, is about selling solutions rather than products; creating an experience over an above an economic transaction...

By Bronwyn Williams 21 Jun 2018

Online shopping meshes with bricks and mortar
Online shopping meshes with bricks and mortar

Forbes' richest people in the world list says Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, earns $107.4 million per day, so he must be doing something right...

By Eben Esterhuizen 13 Jun 2018

The shopping centre is dead. Long live the shopping centre.
The shopping centre is dead. Long live the shopping centre.

Every year nine million people view the Mona Lisa. People still flock to live events at stadiums. Why; when they can see it on video, in HD and 3D and AR, etc...

By Danette Breitenbach 12 Jun 2018

Broll research details how tech is transforming the way we shop
Broll research details how tech is transforming the way we shop

There is no doubt that traditional brick-and-mortar shopping remains the backbone of the South African retail industry, but new ways of purchasing are fast becoming standard practice in retail markets...

31 May 2018

Sustainability trends shaping retail in 2018
Sustainability trends shaping retail in 2018

Sustainability issues are increasingly shaping trends in the retail sector. In this year's World Economic Forum Global Risks Report, three of the top global risks in terms of likelihood and impact are environmental...

By Feroz Koor 23 Apr 2018

Parcels delivered within two hours could be the norm by 2028
Parcels delivered within two hours could be the norm by 2028

In response to today's online-buying, smartphone-wielding consumer that expects a seamless, faster purchasing journey, 78% of logistics companies expect to provide same-day delivery by 2023...

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

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#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

Growing affinity among SA shoppers for specialist retailers
Growing affinity among SA shoppers for specialist retailers

A new report by IRI shows that South African shoppers are diversifying their grocery purchases among a growing number of channels...

22 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

Examples of retailers employing the new rules of attraction.
The new laws of attraction to survive the retail apocalypse

FCB Red Chicago's retail strategy group lead Curt Munk explains that retailers and marketers alike need to understand the new laws of attraction in order to survive what he dubs 'the retail apocalypse'...

By Leigh Andrews 13 Mar 2018

#SeamlessAfrica: Store 4.0 is an attitude, not a technology
#SeamlessAfrica: Store 4.0 is an attitude, not a technology

E-commerce may be where the retail industry is seeing growth, but the physical store is not dead. In fact, it may be more important than ever...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 12 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

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