SoLoMo: the glorious intersection of social, location and mobile that was going to superpower hyperlocal search and prove to be the holy grail, allowing retailers and other businesses to attract an army of smartphone-wielding customers. Pretty exciting stuff, especially during an economic downturn, right? In my opinion, quite the contrary.
By Vanessa Clark 23 Jan 2013 11:54
More than half of Africa's one billion population has a mobile phone - and not just for talking. The power of telephony is forging a new enterprise culture, from banking to agriculture to healthcare. Africa has experienced an incredible boom in mobile phone use.
By Richard Firth 18 Mar 2013 11:14
According to a report on Bulawayo 24, Shoprite has quit trading in Zimbabwe after the retail outlet was closed down on Monday.
19 Sep 2013 08:03
Turnover at Pick n Pay's Zimbabwean joint venture TM Supermarkets grew by 5% during the quarter period to the end of June as the supermarket chain continues to boost its presence in the country by adding more outlets.
By Tawanda Karombo 16 Aug 2013 12:56
African markets to the northern parts of SA are proving lucrative for local fruit and vegetable retailers, with business accounting for at least 10% of turnover for the sector.
By Shannon Sherry 16 Aug 2013 11:15
Some people seem to think that South Africa is the king of oddities and curiosities, particularly when it comes to the many schemes aimed at fleecing unsuspecting and gullible consumers of their money. But there are oddities all over Africa and there just as many crooks, thieves and scammers in other parts of Africa as there are in South Africa.
By Paddy Hartdegen 4 Jul 2013 12:25
Spark ATM Systems, South Africa's independent Automated Teller Machine (ATM) deployer, has expanded into Africa through the establishment of Spark ATM Systems in Zimbabwe, in partnership with CBZ Bank Limited, Zimbabwe's largest retail bank.
21 May 2013 16:23
Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, a telecommunications company listed in Zimbabwe, is to extend its footprint into South Africa, with plans to open a new shop in Johannesburg to serve its Zimbabwean clients.
7 Mar 2013 12:56
Microsoft has announced the opening of 21 web stores for apps and games across several African countries.
18 Dec 2012 12:19
Zimbabweans in South Africa can now enjoy reduced call rates to their country thanks to a new initiative by Econet Wireless and Econet Wireless South Africa.
By Marcus Mushonga 8 Nov 2012 12:33
HARARE, ZIMBABWE: Other powerhouse commercial beer industry players such as Brandhouse are likely to follow in the footsteps of global brewer‚ SABMiller‚ which has expanded its Chibuku brand into the rest of Africa.
16 Oct 2012 15:46
SABMiller has taken its traditional African beer brand‚ Chibuku - which is manufactured using either maize or sorghum - into ten other continental countries‚ a move the company says is motivated by its "affordability" and "product innovation" strategies.
By Billy Tawanda Karombo 11 Oct 2012 10:35
Telecel Zimbabwe, a mobile network operator, has outlined plans to cover upto 85% of the population by the end of 2012.
By Marcus Mushonga 19 Sep 2012 09:53
Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has reportedly become the first cell phone operator to offer its customers a free service to recharge their cell phones.
By Tapiwa Gurajena 12 Sep 2012 12:17
The third edition of the Good Living Expo, set to take place from 21-23 September 2012 at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC), Zimbabwe, is now calling on potential exhibitors to book stands.
14 Aug 2012 12:26
Digital satellite television company MultiChoice could be losing revenue running into hundreds of thousands of dollars a year as Magic Box - a free-to-air satellite receiver that can pirate DStv signals - is becoming popular in Zimbabwe.
18 Jun 2012 09:47
Reports that millions of viewers of free to air satellite television will not be able to watch their favourite programmes are very disturbing.
By Albert Nhamoyebonde 12 Mar 2012 12:26
The approval of the Wal-Mart/Massmart deal will go down as the highlight of the retail sector in 2011.
By Zeenat Moorad 6 Jan 2012 08:19
On 8 December 2011, the shareholders of TM Supermarkets voted unanimously to allow Pick n Pay to purchase an additional 24% of shares, bringing its holdings up to 49%. The Competition and Tariff Commission of Zimbabwe agreed, subject to certain conditions pertaining to labour and local procurement of goods.
12 Dec 2011 10:53
The Banker, a leading journal of the global banking industry, has named Standard Bank as the 2011 Bank of the Year in Africa and Best Bank in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
1 Dec 2011 16:01
NEW YORK, US: Global online consumer confidence fell for the seventh consecutive quarter as confidence in 31 of 56 global markets measured declined, according to from Nielsen, a leading global provider of insights and analytics into what consumers watch and buy.
9 Nov 2011 09:36
TransUnion, a global credit and information management organisation, has acquired majority shareholding in CRB Holdings Limited, signifying its bold expansion steps into Africa.
By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 28 Oct 2011 11:19
Irked by an influx of foreign products and commodities on the local market, Zimbabwe's business sector and concerned stakeholders have launched a Buy Zimbabwe Campaign to promote local products.
25 Jul 2011 12:52
Zimbabwean-born Nyasha Matonhodze, 16, is turning heads on high streets across the world after being chosen as one of the faces of Louis Vuitton's 2011 Autumn/Winter campaign.
By Ray Maota 30 Jun 2011 07:35
CAPE TOWN: The first phase of setting up a free trade area across 26 countries in Africa is expected to come into effect in three years, trade and industry minister Rob Davies said on Monday, 13 June 2011.
14 Jun 2011 12:00
Investor scepticism over policy fluctuations and an uncertain future being faced by foreign companies in Zimbabwe are some of the major constraints that have led to low activity in the country's construction sector, which employs about 30,000 workers.
By Tawanda Karombo 23 May 2011 07:30
A billion Africans and 50 million bank accounts. In South Africa, credit cards are used by only 16.5% of the population (2008). No African country comes close to 1% of total retail spend spent online - the magic figure which constitutes the tipping point for digital retail growth. No wonder, then, that the ecommerce market in Africa hasn't bloomed.
By Herman Manson: @marklives 12 May 2011 18:55
A strong rand is expected to increase the cost of imports from South Africa during the year 2011, giving respite to domestic producers who could capitalise on higher-priced imports to push their products into a competitive market, a research firm indicated.
By Staff reporter 1 Mar 2011 07:39
Zimbabwe's retail super-brand winner 2010, supermarket franchise Spar, and TM Supermarkets, the biggest supermarket by outlets, trailed rival OK Supermarkets as the most preferred outlet, with emerging Chinese-owned Afro-Foods Supermarkets taking the fourth spot.
By Staff reporter 21 Feb 2011 09:48
Country Bird Holdings had lost sales of 600 tons of chickens a month to Zimbabwe as a result of the reworked chicken controversy that broke out last month, financial director Robbie Taylor said Wednesday, 26 January 2011.
By Michael Bleby 28 Jan 2011 09:17
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