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#BizTrends2017: The shift from the experience economy to the transformation economy
#BizTrends2017: The shift from the experience economy to the transformation economy

The world is in a silent revolution. Global consciousness is growing. Passion for mindless luxury is waning. Consumers are increasingly mindful of not only what their chosen product gives them, but how it makes them feel...

By Claudia Roth 11 Jan 2017

Lenovo launches 'home assistant' with Amazon Alexa
Lenovo launches 'home assistant' with Amazon Alexa

Chinese tech giant Lenovo announced on Tuesday it was launching a smart home assistant powered by Amazon's Alexa, becoming the latest firm to enter the market for voice-activated devices...

4 Jan 2017

Nigeria seizes smuggled plastic rice
Nigeria seizes smuggled plastic rice

Nigeria has seized over 100 bags of plastic rice smuggled into the country, where prices of the staple food are rocketing ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays...

23 Dec 2016

What are millennials spending their money on during this season?
What are millennials spending their money on during this season?

Retailers are hoping to attract all demographics during the holiday season, but millennials are a particularly coveted group...

Issued by Exponential 22 Dec 2016

Russian Bear releases Riky Rick limited edition bottle
Russian Bear releases Riky Rick limited edition bottle

Russian Bear has teamed up with local hip-hop icon, Riky Rick to release a fresh new limited edition Russian Bear x Riky Rick bottle. This new design displays the Russian Bear logo and bottle shape, with a bright red design, sporting Riky's lyrics and likeness...

20 Dec 2016

A four-point festive season survival plan for small businesses
A four-point festive season survival plan for small businesses

According to the Economics of Christmas report, consumer spending habits change over the festive season. Here are four ways to holiday-proof your business...

19 Dec 2016

Make the most of 2017 with impactful SEO
Make the most of 2017 with impactful SEO

E-commerce is the place to be! Today, the world has become a smaller place and everyone is connected online. The internet has become a booming and highly profitable platform for every big and small business...

By John Dion 16 Dec 2016

Standard Bank tables a power breakfast for women in retail
Standard Bank tables a power breakfast for women in retail

Standard Bank and Topco Media brought close to 100 businesswomen together at the forefront of South African retail to unpack opportunities for success in the retail industry sector...

Issued by Topco Media 14 Dec 2016

Team Vicinity Media.
Location-based ad accuracy beats scale with Vicinity Media

Vicinity Media's COO, Neil Clarence, explains the shocker that "huge scale and billions of impressions don't always benefit the advertiser". Watch out, Google and Facebook...

By Leigh Andrews 12 Dec 2016

The new smart car and Zando #UnfollowTheNorm campaign creates intrigue
The new smart car and Zando #UnfollowTheNorm campaign creates intrigue

In a first for South Africa, the new smart forfour is being introduced directly onto the pages of Africa's largest online retailer, Zando...

By Angie White 12 Dec 2016

#BestofBiz: Marketing & Media
#BestofBiz 2016: Marketing & Media

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2016 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

12 Dec 2016

The mobile landscape - looking at 2017 and what e-retailers could expect
The mobile landscape - looking at 2017 and what e-retailers could expect

Truth be told, we've been waiting for quite some time for the inevitable 'mobile boom' all the trend analysts, commentators and everyone in-between has been telling us about for the last six years...

By Graham Du Plessis 9 Dec 2016

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How to deliver the only exceptional value shoppers want these December holidays

The highly competitive December holiday marketing has no place for the pliant and weak marketers. It is a war room affair...

By Bandile Ndzishe 8 Dec 2016

The Russell Hobbs Rush.
Russell Hobbs Rush: Make a dash for it!

By the time December sneaks up on us, the average consumer is on the verge of Festive Fatigue. Branded content becomes white noise, and shelf liners and POS collateral of all shapes and sizes morphs into a solitary red blur of a fat man in a suit with a jolly grin, sans differentiation...

By Mike Sharman 8 Dec 2016

De Barros: Weekday marketer, weekend sun worshipper.
#BehindtheSelfie with... Tony de Barros

This week, we find out what's really going on behind the selfie with Tony de Barros, sales and marketing director for Lamelle Research Laboratories, which started in his garage and is now one of the leading skincare companies in SA...

By Leigh Andrews 7 Dec 2016

Mokoena in the Goodbye Malaria store at OR Tambo airport, which features Shweshwe pyjama pants, hats and bowties as well as handmade teddies, bracelets and more...
#Behindtheselfie with... Lebohang Mokoena

This week, we find out what's really going on behind the selfie with Lebohang Mokoena: 28-year-old entrepreneur selected in a 'Dragon's Den-style interview to spearhead Goodbye Malaria's merchandising and fundraising effort at their new pop-up stores at airports, which launched on 23 November...

By Leigh Andrews 30 Nov 2016

Cyber Monday fails to generate excitement, as Black Friday soars
Cyber Monday fails to generate excitement, as Black Friday soars

Despite efforts by retailers to keep the momentum going past the weekend, Cyber Monday fell flat, says CEO of online marketing agency 25AM, Andre Steenekamp...

30 Nov 2016

#BlackFriday sparks social conversations
#BlackFriday sparks social conversations

With South African consumers hyped for #BlackFriday, local e-commerce players and traditional retailers are set to reap the rewards of the global Black Friday sales craze...

25 Nov 2016

'Yule' struggle without solid Christmas sales
'Yule' struggle without solid Christmas sales

Mid-year seems a little early for Christmas planning, but retailers hoping to put the ho-ho-ho back into yuletide sales are well advised to start early...

By Aki Kalliatakis 25 Nov 2016

Why is Friday black after giving thanks?
Why is Friday black after giving thanks?

South Africa and Africa have so many special cultural and commemorative days, so where does 'Black Friday' come from - the African continent?..

By Teresa Jenkins, Issued by Litha Communications 25 Nov 2016

Ted Baker's spy thriller ad hints at next-level retail marketing
Ted Baker's spy thriller ad hints at next-level retail marketing

Executive-produced by Guy Ritchie of British crime thriller Layer Cake fame, British retailer Ted Baker's shoppable film is a riveting game-changer for those in the realm of e-tail...

By Spero Patricios, Issued by Launch Factory 21 Nov 2016

Five steps to an effective omnichannel marketing effort
Five steps to an effective omnichannel marketing effort

One trap that many traditional businesses fall into when figuring out their online presence is failing to optimise their customer experience for both online and offline channels...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 18 Nov 2016

Screengrabs from the respective TVCs.
How Ackermans' latest TVCs celebrate a centenary of customer connection

Agency 99C used real-life Ackermans' customers' views on their relationship to the retail brand over the past 100 years. Here's why the emotive angle works...

By Leigh Andrews 17 Nov 2016

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Deals predictions, stores to watch and business case for SA retailers who adopt US Black Friday

The annual retail price slashing marathon and shopping bonanza - Black Friday - falls on Friday, 25 November this year. Just like in 2014 and 2015, queues are expected to start gathering before store opening times in almost all retail stores...

By Bandile Ndzishe 9 Nov 2016

Stage Audio Works selects EpiserverCommerce to launch new retail brand
Stage Audio Works selects EpiserverCommerce to launch new retail brand

Bluegrass Digital has recently been selected to design and develop a new e-commerce website for the retail brand, MiTech Direct, a leader in professional music, audio, broadcasting, lighting and consumer electronic equipment...

Issued by Bluegrass Digital 8 Nov 2016

Despite digital convenience, customers want personal contact
Despite digital convenience, customers want personal contact

Verint Systems has published a report on a large-scale study of more than 24,000 consumers in 12 countries, including South Africa, that indicates that despite the rise in digital customer service channels and options..

28 Oct 2016

Updates on Pick n Pay Stores, Naspers and more - Win a R20,000 trading account with Sharebox
Updates on Pick n Pay Stores, Naspers and more - Win a R20,000 trading account with Sharebox

Sharebox provides a short summary and update on this week's latest JSE-listed results...

Issued by Analytix BI 21 Oct 2016

#BeyondRetail2016: Readying for retail saturation or a complete revolution?
#BeyondRetail2016: Readying for retail saturation or a complete revolution?

E-commerce is set for more uptake, but traditional retailers need not worry about a loss of overall sales as a result. Here's how they can avoid extinction by keeping ahead of retail trends...

By Leigh Andrews 21 Oct 2016

#BeyondRetail2016: Prepare for self-service and personalised promotions
#BeyondRetail2016: Prepare for self-service and personalised promotions

Two retailers delighted attendees at this year's Beyond Retail event by speaking of what may sound like futuristic plans but in reality is already on offer locally - the self-service checkout and the true power of private label products...

By Leigh Andrews 20 Oct 2016

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