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#YouthMonth: Q&A with Palesa Mokubung
#YouthMonth: Q&A with Palesa Mokubung

Award-winning designer and creator of Afro-chic fashion label Mantsho, Palesa Mokubung chats to us for #YouthMonth about her newly opened store, as well as fashion and youth culture in SA.

By Ruth Cooper 3 days ago

SA retailers: incredulous, insane and in deep trouble
SA retailers: incredulous, insane and in deep trouble

Retailers are fond of telling us their special offers are incredible or crazy. How right they are! Because in many respects the current spate of retail price cuts really is unbelievable, if not downright insane...

By Aki Kalliatakis 22 Jun 2016

#CGFsummit: Reasons to believe in Africa
#CGFsummit: Reasons to believe in Africa

There are many reasons to invest in Africa and even more reasons to believe in Africa, international delegates were told at the Consumer Goods Forum global summit in Cape Town...

By Louise Marsland 17 Jun 2016

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#YouthMonth: Marketing to the next generation

The Sunday Times Youth Marketing Conference, which took place on Friday, 10 June, opened with a keynote by Jason Levin, MD of HDI Youth Marketeers, providing an overview of the 12th Sunday Times Generation Next survey...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Jun 2016

All pics from Grand Designs.
Powering the consumer

As part of its headline sponsorship of Grand Designs this year, that took place recently at the TicketPro Dome, north of Johannesburg, Stanley Black & Decker hosted a number of DIY workshops...

By Danette Breitenbach 9 Jun 2016

Images all courtesy of Design Partnership & ABSA.
ABSA, by Design Partnership

If you have ventured to the brand new Mall of Africa you may have seen the new ABSA bank branch. Creating a stir with the images and video that are doing the rounds on social media, it's an ongoing project by Design Partnership...

By Dave Nemeth 7 Jun 2016

Wimpie van Rensburg
Riverbed Retail Therapy Week comment

More and more people are choosing to purchase their goods virtually, leading to online sales in Europe forecast to reach £182.80bn in 2016. During Retail Therapy Week, which took place last month, a high volume of people indulged in online shopping and retailers battled for the hearts and minds of customers...

By Wimpie van Rensburg 6 Jun 2016

Burger King promotion
[Shopper Marketing] Brand groupies and the death of friction

Latest shopper marketing trends and how retailers and brands need to target shoppers in this digital age, where disruption is transforming the retail landscape...

By Louise Marsland 6 Jun 2016

#YouthMonth: iFixing the quick-throwaway culture
#YouthMonth: iFixing the quick-throwaway culture

Do SA consumers have an always-upgrading, quick-throwaway culture when it comes to electronic devices? Or is it just that there hasn't been enough reliable service providers around to repair one's precious gadgets?...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 Jun 2016

Menlyn Park concierges
[Shopper Marketing] Menlyn Park raises stakes in retail innovation

Menlyn Park shopping centre in Pretoria is undergoing a R2bn redevelopment, which will include futuristic retail innovations...

By Louise Marsland 1 Jun 2016

[Shopper Marketing] Customers gravitate to the 'Third Place'
[Shopper Marketing] Customers gravitate to the 'Third Place'

Shopper marketing is being driven by a shopper revolution powered by our digital world. It has led a "seismic change in marketing"...

By Louise Marsland 31 May 2016

Kayoola Solar Bus
#AfricaMonth: Driving Ugandan vehicle manufacturing

Kiira Motors Corporation is a presidential initiative for automotive manufacturing in Uganda. The company has three successful...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 25 May 2016

The Chewbacca mask and the power of social media in retail
The Chewbacca mask and the power of social media in retail

Social media can be retail brand building - and sales - gold. Just look at the case of the Chewbacca mask that Candace Payne bought from Kohl's last week...

By Sarah Britten 25 May 2016

Forget cost management, think value management
Forget cost management, think value management

As a business, it has always been wise to regularly look back and reflect on progress (or the lack thereof), and to then take stock of the current trajectory...

By Kate Stubbs 24 May 2016

Catterbox
#TRENDING: Best new products this year

I think I've discovered my Best New Product of the Year for 2016 already: a cat collar that makes your cat 'talk' back...

By Louise Marsland 23 May 2016

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#InTouch2016: Digital opportunity in the automotive arena

Michael Frans, head of business operations: automotive at T-Systems South Africa...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 23 May 2016

KoAnn Skrzyniarz
#SB16CPT: Sustainable Brands welcomes CT to the fold

KoAnn Skrzyniarz, founder and CEO of Sustainable Brands, set the scene for the conference that kicked off this past weekend.

By Sindy Peters 16 May 2016

What marketers need to know about mobile & search and how that changes retail
What marketers need to know about mobile & search and how that changes retail

At any given moment (micro moment) people are searching for content online based on their intent. It's no longer about the best TV campaign, the best banner campaign, homepage takeover, the best AD campaign...

By Dee Stephens 11 May 2016

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When retailers and brands tell the biggest lies

The most powerful currency that cuts through all of the world's most lucrative business deals and transactions is the value of trust, not money. Money is a by-product of creating trust...

By Bandile Ndzishe 10 May 2016

Good old-fashioned customer care tips that will set your franchise apart
Good old-fashioned customer care tips that will set your franchise apart

There's a great story about how an employee at one of the famous American Trader Joe's stores went the extra mile in terms of service, not because they had to, but because it was the right thing to do...

By Aki Kalliatakis 10 May 2016

Boris Dzhingarov
Using big data to stay ahead in the retail industry

Not wanting to lose customers to online shopping, traditional retailers around the world are turning to big data and analytics to employ technology that will give them an advantage in a competitive industry...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 6 May 2016

Using Magento in order to increase online sales
Using Magento in order to increase online sales

Whenever talking about en e-commerce website, the main focus that a business owner has is to increase conversions to a maximum. More sales automatically mean an increase in revenue...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 3 May 2016

#AfricaMonth: Van Schaik Bookstore expands into Southern Africa
#AfricaMonth: Van Schaik Bookstore expands into Southern Africa

The expansion of Van Schaik Bookstore into neighbouring countries dates back to 2006 when it opened its first store in Windhoek at the University of Namibia...

By Jessica Tennant 3 May 2016

#CommerceMonth: Online sales vs in-store sales
#CommerceMonth: Online sales vs in-store sales

The digital landscape is booming, but now that it seems possible to do and buy almost everything online, what's happening to our counterparts out there in the 'real' world?

By Angie White 29 Apr 2016

#CommerceMonth: online bookings scaled to grow
#CommerceMonth: online bookings scaled to grow

We spoke to Tom Williams, COO of online booking site SafariNow, to find out how e-commerce has changed the way business works...

By Cari Van Wyk 28 Apr 2016

#CommerceMonth: The wallets are emptier than the stomachs
#CommerceMonth: The wallets are emptier than the stomachs

We spoke to Kevin Lovell, CEO of the South African Poultry Association about the state of commerce in the poultry industry...

By Cari Van Wyk 28 Apr 2016

George Mienie
#CommerceMonth: The rise of the 24-hour digital showroom

From a 24-page magazine in 1992 to a trusted digital showroom with a loyal online community, AutoTrader...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 28 Apr 2016

#CommerceMonth: Riding the wearable tech wave
#CommerceMonth: Riding the wearable tech wave

Inspired by the Internet of Things, Quantifi caters to the wearable tech market the sales and distribution...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 26 Apr 2016

#CommerceMonth: ACSA elements for e-commerce success
#CommerceMonth: ACSA elements for e-commerce success

ACSA hopped on the e-commerce bandwagon (or should we say flight) and took Duty Free Shopping online, with their own portal. We spoke to Shethal Badal about ACSA's e-commerce journey...

By Cari Van Wyk 20 Apr 2016

Jaco Marais
#CommerceMonth: Speeding things up with KaChing

We asked Jaco Marais, co-founder and managing director, to tell us more about KaChing, how it facilitates commerce and how it has been influenced by e-commerce...

By Cari Van Wyk 18 Apr 2016

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