Retail news

Subscribe to industry newsletters

Biz Takeout's

Episode 114: Green PR and employee training strategies

Date: 20 Nov 2014
Get the Flash Player to play this.

Episode 113: Pete Case on the Gloo, Ogilvy SA merger

Date: 13 Nov 2014
Get the Flash Player to play this.

Episode 112: Will Green, Mammoth BI and the Work Your Wealth event

Date: 6 Nov 2014
Get the Flash Player to play this.

Bizcommunity has over 400 industry contributors and we always welcome further contributions and contributors.

Share us


Advertise with us
Advertise & RatesMy Account
Company press officeList company
Recruitment packagesSubmit job ad
Download ratecard
New distribution channel for MTN Mobile Money
New distribution channel for MTN Mobile Money

The MTN Group last week announced that its MTN Mobile Money service will now be available through the MTN agent network and BancABC branch network in Zambia, improving accessibility to financial services via mobile telephony for thousands of customers in Zambia.

Warid Mobicash launches in Congo
Warid Mobicash launches in Congo

Warid Congo S.A, a telecommunication operator in Congo, on Wednesday, 15 February 2012, announced the launch of Warid Mobicash across its network. This offer is based on the Mobile Money technology from Mobicash.

17 Feb 2012 11:39

FNB's mobile money grows in Africa
FNB's mobile money grows in Africa

Mobile banking is set to take off in Africa, with FNB recording a 150% jump in transaction growth for its cellphone banking service and 1384% growth for eWallet for the month of December 2011 when compared to December 2010.

15 Feb 2012 13:21

Thebe Tourism Group signs shareholder agreement
Thebe Tourism Group signs shareholder agreement

The South African tourism group, Thebe Tourism Group have announced the signing of a shareholders' agreement between its subsidiary FX Africa and global foreign exchange providers Travelex. FX Africa has operated a Travelex Retail Foreign Exchange Travelex franchise in Southern Africa for over four years.

6 Dec 2011 11:52

Southern Sun opens StayEasy Lusaka
Southern Sun opens StayEasy Lusaka

Southern Sun Hotels has announced the latest addition to its hotels in Africa, the StayEasy Lusaka. The new StayEasy Lusaka hotel caters for the business traveller who value expediency and convenience and is centrally located in the newly developed, Levy Business Park in Lusaka.

30 Nov 2011 12:27

Consumer Confidence Survey: Economy again top global concern
Consumer Confidence Survey: Economy again top global concern

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 expands into Africa
TransUnion expands into Africa

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

Fresh Living now available in Mauritius
Fresh Living now available in Mauritius

Fresh Living, the food magazine on South African shelves, continues to expand on its African footprint as it goes on sale this month in Mauritius.

10 Oct 2011 11:27

How to contribute to Bizcommunity, from op-ed pieces to news - Bizcommunity.com
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 14:57

Rwanda: Airtel appoints country manager
Rwanda: Airtel appoints country manager

On Friday 23 September 2011, Airtel announced the appointment of Marcellin Paluku as the country manager in Rwanda, following the licensing of Bharti Airtel to operate 2G and 3G GSM mobile services in Rwanda earlier this month.

26 Sep 2011 10:01

Bizcommunity launches new dedicated sectors, newsletters - Bizcommunity.com
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 15:45

Brand Africa Forum to present first Brand Africa 100 awards
Brand Africa Forum to present first Brand Africa 100 awards

Pan-African consumers can now vote for their most admired and valued brands in the inaugural Brand Africa 100 Awards, which coincides with the second annual Brand Africa Forum. The continent's most valued brands will be revealed at an awards ceremony on Thursday, 29 September 2011 at Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa .

15 Sep 2011 14:25

Bharti Airtel to operate 2G, 3G in Rwanda
Bharti Airtel to operate 2G, 3G in Rwanda

Bharti Airtel, a global telecommunications company with operations across Asia and Africa, has been awarded a license by the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency to operate 2G and 3G GSM mobile services in Rwanda.

9 Sep 2011 10:59

Cutting Edge PR get appointed by FNB Zambia

FNB Zambia announced yesterday, 6 September 2011, that it will again partner with Cutting Edge PR to handle its communication affairs in Zambia. The agency will guide and assist FNB in all its local strategic communications issues, internally and externally and will include media relations management on behalf of FNB in the country.

7 Sep 2011 11:32

Milk for Schools pilot programme launches in Zambia
Milk for Schools pilot programme launches in Zambia

Tetra Pak has partnered with Parmalat Zambia, the World Food Programme (WFP), the Zambian Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development and the Swedish International Cooperation Development Agency (Sida) to bring milk to 15 000 school children in 39 schools in Zambia's Eastern Province in a bid to stem malnourishment and poor school attendance.

23 Aug 2011 12:46

Davies maps route for free trade area

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

Herman Manson
[Netprophet 2011] African ecommerce market has a long way to go

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

Out of the fire, into the frying pan for Shoprite
Out of the fire, into the frying pan for Shoprite

SA's biggest grocer, Shoprite, told I-Net Bridge/BusinessLIVE on Tuesday (29 March 2011) that as far as it was aware there was never a formal investigation by Zambian competition authorities regarding allegations that it was threatening to delist its suppliers who entered into agreements with Pick n Pay.

By Zeenat Moorad 31 Mar 2011 09:27

Fitch awards Zambia B+

LUSAKA: Internationally-recognised credit ratings agency Fitch has assigned Zambia a B+ sovereign rating in recognition of the economic strides the country has taken under President Rupiah Banda. Zambia received the fourth-highest non-investment grade rating supported by a "stable" outlook from Fitch.

4 Mar 2011 10:01

Unemployment, inflation worries hit consumer confidence
Unemployment, inflation worries hit consumer confidence

NEW YORK, US: Consumer confidence fell in 25 out of 52 countries in Q4 2010 as hope for a global economic recovery evaporated at the end of last year, according to the latest edition of the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index, which tracks consumer confidence, major concerns and spending intentions among online consumers.

27 Jan 2011 11:00

[2011 trends] Ever-changing ad industry, constantly developing trends
[2011 trends] Ever-changing ad industry, constantly developing trends

So what we can expect to see in 2011? The industry is always changing and new trends are constantly developing and therefore it is crucial to keep the following top of mind.

By Adene van der Walt 18 Jan 2011 15:13

[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 14:17

[2011 trends] A year of hard work for brands
[2011 trends] A year of hard work for brands

If 2010 could be summed up as soccer, vuvuzelas and national pride, 2011 will be all about the hard work of restoring the economy to sustainable growth, paying attention to environmental concerns and mastering the technologies that are changing the world. Here are a few trends to watch in 2011.

By Janice Spark 17 Jan 2011 15:27

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 16:25

FIFA fears impact of marketing agent's collapse

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND: World football's governing body FIFA said on Thursday, 23 December 2010, that it feared the financial impact of the collapse of its main product licensing agent, Singapore-based Global Brands Group (GBG).

24 Dec 2010 09:42

Hope for full global economic recovery in 2010 diminishes
Hope for full global economic recovery in 2010 diminishes

NEW YORK, US: After an upbeat start to the year with two consecutive quarters of increases in optimism, global consumer confidence fell three points in September to an Index of 90 as consumers' hopes for a full economic recovery this year fades in most parts of the world, according to the latest edition of the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index.

27 Oct 2010 06:22

UK sued over DRC "conflict minerals"

A London-based campaign group plans to sue the United Kingdom government for allegedly failing to tell the UN about companies and individuals involved in the trade of "conflict minerals" from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

28 Jul 2010 09:20

Game still in the pink of health
Game still in the pink of health

Game Stores has come a long way since it opened its first store in Durban in 1970 in cramped premises in the city's CBD, ringing up sales of R78 000 in its first month of trading. Its founders believed that shopping had become a tedious and boring pastime. They wanted to create a fun shopping environment and so conceptualised retailing as a game. The signature bright pink prevails to this day.

19 Jul 2010 08:43

Chemical company gets Best Global Business in Africa award
Chemical company gets Best Global Business in Africa award

Yara International ASA, one of the world's leading chemical companies that convert energy, natural minerals and nitrogen from the air into essential products for farmers and industrial customers, has won the 'Best Global Business in Africa' award. Other nominees were BMW, Barclays, Anglo American and Diageo.

23 Jun 2010 08:46

DRC "short-changed" in oil deals

Proposed oil deals between foreign companies and the Democratic Republic of Congo would cut the government's revenues by over 10 billion US dollars, an advocacy organisation claims. London-based group Platform published a report on Wednesday (12 May 2010) criticising leaked confidential contracts for UK oil companies Tullow and Heritage to jointly operate on the DRC side of Lake Albert.

17 May 2010 07:35

Show more