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#DesignMonth: Love local, love sustainable, Love Milo
#DesignMonth: Love local, love sustainable, Love Milo

As we slowly wise up to the negative effects our growing consumerism has on the environment, it could be argued that the most progressive design is that which is sustainable...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 day ago

#DesignIndaba2017: Emerging Creative Kgotso Letwaba
#DesignIndaba2017: Emerging Creative Kgotso Letwaba

Kgotso Letwaba, founder of fashion label The After Skool Life and one of Design Indaba's Emerging Creatives, creates activewear informed by his love of sport and street art. We chat to him about design and authentic storytelling for #DesignMonth.

By Ruth Cooper 1 day ago

#DesignMonth: What's in your lunch box?
#DesignMonth: What's in your lunch box?

FOODwelove aims to change how offices eat by offering desk jockeys the option to have a healthy and wholesome lunch delivered in a cleverly designed box, straight to their desk...

By Cari Coetzee 20 Feb 2017

#DesignMonth: Blush (Paper Company) is the colour of a beautiful planner
#DesignMonth: Blush (Paper Company) is the colour of a beautiful planner

When asked how you are, the typical response used to be ‘Fine, thanks'. These days, it's more often than not ‘So busy!'. All the more reason for a planner to help organise your life and keep your daily schedule in check, and one that you actually would make the time to use and, better still, enjoy...

By Jessica Tennant 17 Feb 2017

#DesignMonth: Clover Mama Afrika focuses on empowerment, sustainability
#DesignMonth: Clover Mama Afrika focuses on empowerment, sustainability

What started off as a humble project 13 years ago has blossomed into Clover's flagship CSI programme...

By Sindy Peters 16 Feb 2017

SA delivery startup Stockup pivots to on-demand model
SA delivery startup Stockup pivots to on-demand model

South African startup Stockup, which facilitates the online purchase and delivery of beverages and groceries, has pivoted to an on-demand model and added new products to its line.

By Tom Jackson 13 Feb 2017

Ambiente: Feedback from Frankfurt
Ambiente: Feedback from Frankfurt

Ambiente is one of the leading trade fairs showcasing design across dining, giving and living…

By Dave Nemeth 13 Feb 2017

Top safety tips to prevent shoplifting
Top safety tips to prevent shoplifting

Despite the prevalence of security cameras and high-tech alarm systems, shoplifting continues to be a concern for retailers across the country...

By Morné Stoltz 8 Feb 2017

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Google, H&M wants your phone to design your next dress

While our favourite garments aren't as unique as we believe them to be, how we combine these pieces defines our individual style...

By Andy Walker 8 Feb 2017

Samsonite and Uzwelo Luggage Cover
#DesignMonth: Turning excess fabrics destined for landfills into unique luggage covers

Uzwelo Bags has designed and manufactured unique, eye-catching luggage covers that will ensure that you never miss your bag on that overcrowded carousel ever again...

By Cari Coetzee 8 Feb 2017

#DesignMonth: Bold designs and bold moves with Zana
#DesignMonth: Bold designs and bold moves with Zana

Zana products have become increasingly recognisable and desirable, both locally and internationally. We chat to Melissa Lawrence, marketing, PR and social media manager, at Zana for #DesignMonth.

By Ruth Cooper 6 Feb 2017

#DesignMonth: Eat your (he)art out with LionHeart
#DesignMonth: Eat your (he)art out with LionHeart

Almost too pretty to eat, the cakes designed and created by “bake-tresses” and bffs, Nikki Albertyn and Karmen de Reuck, are true edible artworks. We got in touch with Nikki; confectionery queen and co-founder of online bakery LionHeart to chat delicious design for Bizcommunity's #DesignMonth.

By Ruth Cooper 2 Feb 2017

Starbucks SA launches rewards programme
Starbucks SA launches rewards programme

Starbucks South Africa launched its localised version of the global rewards programme, Starbucks Rewards at the Rosebank store...

By Jessica Tennant 1 Feb 2017

Why financial benchmarking in franchising is essential
Why financial benchmarking in franchising is essential

Financial benchmarking runs a financial analysis and compares the findings to other franchises in order to assess the competitiveness, productivity and efficiency...

By Eric Parker 1 Feb 2017

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How to achieve seamlessness if there's no structural overhaul

Global firms are looking to create seamless customer experiences for their customers, regardless of where they are, what language they speak, channel choice, or device choice. But, so far, are your customers far from convinced by your seamless experience? Here's why and what you can do about it...

By Herb van der Raad 30 Jan 2017

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#BizTrends2017: Emerging trends in merchant payments

I recently met with Catharina Eklof and Victor de Koc from Mastercard to discuss some of the emerging trends in merchant payments...

By Jessica Tennant 27 Jan 2017

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Are consumers checking out of traditional retail?

Poor performance over the festive season suggests shoppers are spending elsewhere...

By Julia Ahlfeldt 26 Jan 2017

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#BizTrends2017: Trends that will seal the deal for retailing in 2017

Retail success has become about constantly evolving to adapt, remain relevant and be appealing to customers. It's more competitive than ever before, which is driving exciting trends and innovation for shopping centres and retail...

By Amanda Stops 26 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Say hello to the new South African shopper
#BizTrends2017: Say hello to the new South African shopper

Think you know South African shoppers? Think again. Recent shopper insights* research reveals local consumers have changed. A lot. And this radically redefined identity is tipped to gain significant momentum in 2017...

By Gareth Pearson 25 Jan 2017

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#BizTrends2017: South Africa's new retail reality

Despite South Africans' roller-coaster sentiment during 2016, they've continued to spend, highlighting a clear disconnect between the South African psyche and actual purchase behaviour. This means that in 2017 more than ever a multi-dimensional approach will be required if retailers are to obtain a firm handle on South Africa's new retail reality...

By Ailsa Wingfield 23 Jan 2017

Black Badge revealed at new Rolls-Royce pop-up
Black Badge revealed at new Rolls-Royce pop-up

There's a new pop-up shop in the Mother City and the brand in question is as premium as they come...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 Jan 2017

In the category for new neighbourhood and convenience shopping centre smaller than 20,000m² in size, Dainfern Square scooped the top award at the 2016 SACSC Awards.
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#BizTrends2017: The year of the mixed-use mall

In the fiercely competitive South African retail sector, the retail and retail development space in 2017 and beyond will include a high-tech, interactive shopping environment in a bid to lure shoppers to centres for longer...

By Gavin Blows 20 Jan 2017

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Nine ways to slash e-commerce cart abandonment

Kyle Rozendo, CTO at SID puts forward nine simple ways to make sweeping changes to e-commerce website performance...

By Kyle Rozendo 18 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Four signs the economy of the future is built on mobile
#BizTrends2017: Four signs the economy of the future is built on mobile

Despite much hype and 'this is the year of mobile' predictions, the local market still hasn't quite reached its potential in terms of using mobile as a transacting tool...

By Peter Miller 17 Jan 2017

Trade mark registration: Truworths no longer has "the look"
Trade mark registration: Truworths no longer has "the look"

Ackermans has recently been successful in a precedent setting trade mark dispute against Truworths which was heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal. The trade mark at the centre of the dispute was “THE LOOK”...

By Janine Hollesen 16 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Craft spirits - the makers, the flavours, the stories
#BizTrends2017: Craft spirits - the makers, the flavours, the stories

Simone Musgrave, founder of Musgrave Gin, pioneered the pink gin trend in South Africa after finding a niche in the market whilst working as a trend forecaster...

By Simone Musgrave 13 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Why more than ever, sustainability is good business
#BizTrends2017: Why more than ever, sustainability is good business

South African companies, including those in the retail sector, continue to experience a significant change in mindset among customers. The reality is that doing business is no longer just about profit, but also about creating shared value and meeting responsibilities to contribute to inclusive economic development, and to give back to communities and our planet...

By Justin Smith 12 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Local franchise trends for 2017
#BizTrends2017: Local franchise trends for 2017

South Africa's economy is under significant pressure and does not promise a great deal of progress for business or consumers – with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicting only 0.8% growth...

By Dumisani Bengu 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Five steps to improve your lead conversion
#BizTrends2017: Five steps to improve your lead conversion

The inability for the automotive industry to embrace change is staggering. It's almost as if the only positive movement comes in the face of insurmountable evidence...

By David Sieff 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Defining sustainability for the bottling industry
#BizTrends2017: Defining sustainability for the bottling industry

Sustainability is the ultimate long-term goal of any company, which allows it to contribute to the development of the country where it operates. It is no longer merely about profitability, but a phenomenon that must support the goals of a company through the triple context of its social, environmental and economic aspects...

By Gaopaleloe Mothoagae 11 Jan 2017

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