Visa partners Ivorian government to bring e-payment solutions
Visa partners Ivorian government to bring e-payment solutions

The Ivorian government has signed MOU with Visa with an aim to digitise government services and ensure financial services are accessible to more Ivorians...

5 Jul 2018

Kenyan startup Tanda launches inventory-management solution
Kenyan startup Tanda launches inventory-management solution

Kenyan startup Tanda, which makes it easier to run a shop by allowing shop owners to order and manage their inventory, has formally launched after a four-month pilot...

By Tom Jackson 6 Jun 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

#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail
#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail

If you're searching for proof that retail as we know it is changing, look no further than Shanghai's 24-hour, unstaffed, self-driving grocery store...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Jan 2018

New research: How employee emotions' impact on customer experience
New research: How employee emotions' impact on customer experience

The latest Ask Afrika Orange Index provides customer service trends based on 13 years of data, across 32 industries and 155 companies...

4 Mar 2015

The responsive brand: how to handle social media
The responsive brand: how to handle social media

It took six months after the first reporting of the rear windows of Opel Corsa Lites shattering for the manufacturer to issue a recall. Today, this matter would have been handled very differently...

By Danette Breitenbach 3 Nov 2014

India's Beyond Squarefeet to manage Nigeria's largest mall
India's Beyond Squarefeet to manage Nigeria's largest mall

India's first mall management company, Beyond Squarefeet, is to manage 'Ado Bayero Mall', described as the first ultra-modern shopping mall in Kano, northern Nigeria, and the largest mall in the country.

5 Feb 2014

How to find best daily deals on online shopping that meet your budget
How to find best daily deals on online shopping that meet your budget

Shoppers are always on the lookout for ways to save on their purchases. One method that they find effective is the use of daily deal coupon codes and promo codes.

By Matthew Samuel 2 Jan 2014

(Image: NASA, via Wikimedia Commons)
'Beyond Retail' for Africa

Professional services firm, Deloitte was a title sponsor of the inaugural World Retail Congress Africa, held last month in Sandton. I spoke to Ilse du Toit, a manager within the Strategy & Innovation practice at Deloitte Consulting.

By Danette Breitenbach 17 Dec 2013

[2013 trends] Africa's dynamic markets
[2013 trends] Africa's dynamic markets

The year 2013 for most brands, especially the ones coping with saturated markets in developed countries, will be a decisive one. Incorporating Africa into their corporate brand strategy, if they haven't done so, will be the better part of valour, so to speak.

By Obaika Consulting Team 31 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] Out-of-the-box branding
[2013 trends] Out-of-the-box branding

No, the concepts of "tribalism", "gamification" and "engagement" aren't a promo for the latest computer game, but are in fact the trends that will characterise the way companies and consumers interact in 2013. The branding industry is constantly developing and. while the following trends are evolutions rather than dynamic, short-term changes, we believe there are 10 areas that will define the brandscape over the next year.

By HKLM Exco Team 31 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] SA's youth trend-o-meter
[2013 trends] SA's youth trend-o-meter

Young South Africa is savvier than ever before. If you are looking for a smart and discerning prosumer, this group of kids, teens and young adults will give you more kicks than you've ever bargained for. They know just what they are looking for from any brand, and this makes them that much more satisfying to please. Here are a few trends to look out for in 2013.

By HDI Youth Marketeers Team 31 Jan 2013

Retail rewind - a year in review 2011
Retail rewind - a year in review 2011

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

Issa Sikiti da Silva
Africa's five major trends for potential growth

Population growth, rapid urbanisation, adoption of new technologies, unlocking of abundant resources and the deepening of the financial sector are the five major trends that are set to drive Africa's economic growth, Simon Freemantle, Standard Bank Africa senior analyst, told a media roundtable in Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday, Thursday 6 October 2011.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 7 Oct 2011

How to contribute to Bizcommunity, from op-ed pieces to news
How to contribute to Bizcommunity, from op-ed pieces to news

Bizcommunity.com has now expanded its operations into 16 new sectors and will soon venture into another 17, providing a whole new range of target audiences for advertisers. The most critical aspect of this is the quality of content and this is a formal invitation to you to become a recognised contributor on Bizcommunity.

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 3 Oct 2011

Bizcommunity launches new dedicated sectors, newsletters
Bizcommunity launches new dedicated sectors, newsletters

Bizcommunity.com - South Africa's largest online B2B publisher - is set to grow even more with the introduction of 16 new content channels, with weekly newsletters, as from last week Tuesday, 20 September 2011.

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 20 Sep 2011

[2011 trends] It's a Wild. Wired. Wellthy. World!
[2011 trends] It's a Wild. Wired. Wellthy. World!

The recent global recession has changed our world forever. In a new digital age, characterised by oversupply and too many product types in almost every market, the challenge for companies will be to locate and capture pools of high-profit demand and be able to move with speed and flexibility to take advantage of them. Here are 11 trends for 2011.

By Gisele Wertheim Aymes 18 Jan 2011

Training essential in IT sales environment
Training essential in IT sales environment

I am a good example of a connected, discerning customer who already has done most of his research even before entering a store and I usually shop around looking for the best deals from different vendors. Therefore, I was armed with all the information I needed and I knew the different offerings from the two major outlets selling the new Apple iMac. I was setting the outlets up for a bit of healthy competition by visiting both just before making my decision where to lay down my credit card.

By Daniel Silke 29 Dec 2010

Research shows entertainment banners impact box office revenues
Research shows entertainment banners impact box office revenues

NEW YORK, US: A recent joint study from MediaMind and comScore provides insights into ad effectiveness and user behaviour in entertainment verticals.

23 Jul 2010

Investment in speech analytics in call centres set to double

GLOBAL: Call centre spending on speech analytics is set to double worldwide, growing from around US$95 million in 2009 to US$180 million (about R720 million to about R1.36 billion, respectively) by 2014 according to Ovum.

By Published by Ovum, part of the Datamonitor group 23 Jun 2010

A healthy brand is a healthy business

Brands are not inanimate products we pick off the shelf. Like man, they are living entities with extendable organic identities that exist in the hearts and minds of everyone they touch. They evolve like embryonic creatures and grow to take on human personalities that make them powerful forces that control our desires.

By Bayo Adekanmbi 14 Nov 2008