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As home of inventions such as Kreepy Krauly and the Cat scan, SA continues to compete on innovation

Despite a sobering picture of South Africa's competitiveness, showing performance in the 2017-2018 World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index to have slipped 14 positions from the 2016-2017 results, there are some bright spots - notably on the innovation front...

By Charl Bassil 1 day ago

This SA startup is taking the "braai" digital
This SA startup is taking the "braai" digital

For any of the non-South Africans reading this, a "braai" is a barbeque, and a vital part of the country's culture...

By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

New, street-food inspired eatery, Brocka opens
New, street-food inspired eatery, Brocka opens

New urban eatery, Brocka has just opened its doors at the Canal Walk shopping centre in Century City and we popped in at the launch last week to see what all the buzz is about and to sample what's on offer...

By Juanita Pienaar 3 days ago

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How to survive and prosper reselling goods from China

There is a lot of money to be made reselling goods from China. It takes a little bit of work to find the best quality and the right products, but the prices are amazing...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 3 days ago

#ATFexpo17: Challenges and opportunities facing SA's clothing retailers
#ATFexpo17: Challenges and opportunities facing SA's clothing retailers

While the demise of physical retail abroad is sure to cast a shadow on the plans of local counterparts, Brett Kaplan believes the long-term outlook for local apparel retail is a good news story...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 13 Dec 2017

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FYI: Google Home Mini works just fine in South Africa

Google hardware is notoriously tough to come by in South Africa, as we've found out over the past couple of years...

By Hadlee Simons 13 Dec 2017

#FreshOnTheShelf: New G+T premix distilled with the flavour of the Cape
#FreshOnTheShelf: New G+T premix distilled with the flavour of the Cape

Greenleaf + Terroir intends to shake up the pre-mixed alcoholic drink market, which has, for the most part, failed to truly win over consumers...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 8 Dec 2017

#GlobalFoodSecurity: Food Forward SA turns to digital solution in quest to reduce hunger
#GlobalFoodSecurity: Food Forward SA turns to digital solution in quest to reduce hunger

Food Forward South Africa has over the last two years developed a virtual platform that allows it to streamline how it carries out its mission...

By Sindy Peters 7 Dec 2017

Trends and opportunities for exhibitions in 2018
Trends and opportunities for exhibitions in 2018

The hottest exhibition trends forecast for the forthcoming year to ensure that your business will own the exhibition space in 2018...

By Adam Dembovsky 5 Dec 2017

#Newsmaker: Net#work's Brad Reilly on the multiple award-winning Vagina Varsity campaign
#Newsmaker: Net#work's Brad Reilly on the multiple award-winning Vagina Varsity campaign

Net#work BBDO's Vagina Varsity campaign for Libresse recently received its 14th award at the Epica Awards in the 'Health, Beauty and Fashion Digital Campaigns' category, and was the only South African campaign to be awarded at the prize giving ceremony in Berlin on 16 November...

By Jessica Tennant 4 Dec 2017

African expansion "massive focus" for SA's Quicket in 2018
African expansion "massive focus" for SA's Quicket in 2018

South African online ticketing startup Quicket has a "massive focus" on expanding to other African countries next year as it looks to create a truly pan-African solution for events...

By Tom Jackson 4 Dec 2017

#NewCampaign: Ocean Basket's latest campaign is a fine expression of food art
#NewCampaign: Ocean Basket's latest campaign is a fine expression of food art

Ocean Basket's unique 'Mediterrasian' sushi offering is on dazzling display in the recently launched #TheArtOfFusion brand campaign...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 4 Dec 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Building a true African haircare brand with AfroBotanics
#EntrepreneurMonth: Building a true African haircare brand with AfroBotanics

In six years South African natural haircare brand, AfroBotanics, went from being manufactured in founder Ntombenhle Khathwane's garage to a fully equipped factory in Midrand...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 30 Nov 2017

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Don't overlook these two small blips in your business

As a business owner, you want your processes and systems to run smoothly. If you experience the following blips in your business, finding the source will restore integrity and trust with your customers and your team...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 27 Nov 2017

Farm-fresh fare and artisanal wares at Windmeul Kelder's new neighbourhood market
Farm-fresh fare and artisanal wares at Windmeul Kelder's new neighbourhood market

Tapping into the growing appreciation for artisanal fare, Windmeul Kelder has introduced an on-site marketplace packed to the brim with locally-sourced homemade goods...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 27 Nov 2017

Black Friday rapidly gathering steam in SA
Black Friday rapidly gathering steam in SA

South African retailers are hoping to capitalise on the growing local interest in the annual Black Friday sale, taking place on 24 November this year...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Nov 2017

SA's WumDrop acquired by Makro
SA's WumDrop acquired by Makro

Cash and carry chain store Makro has acquired a majority stake in South African last mile delivery startup WumDrop, in a move that will allow it to speed up delivery of orders...

By Tom Jackson 22 Nov 2017

#ATFexpo17: The clothing, footwear and textile trade's one-stop shop
#ATFexpo17: The clothing, footwear and textile trade's one-stop shop

The ATF Trade Exhibition and co-located China Premium Tex expo provides local and international players in the apparel, footwear and textile trade with a space to connect...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 21 Nov 2017

#NewCampaign: SweepSouth gives back Friday
#NewCampaign: SweepSouth gives back Friday

Inspired by the global trend towards giving back instead of getting on Black Friday, local home cleaning company SweepSouth is transferring the savings it would usually give to its customers on a day like this and handing them back to its 'SweepStars'. Here's how it works...

By Jessica Tennant 21 Nov 2017

BBM Messenger's Adam Pattison on chat, dark social and the new mobile economy
BBM Messenger's Adam Pattison on chat, dark social and the new mobile economy

On his visit to South Africa for the MMA (Mobile Marketing Association) Forum in Johannesburg on 2 November and Mobile Monday in Cape Town on 6 November, Adam Pattison, vice president, Americas & EMEA at BBM Messenger, shared insights into chat or dark social and how this is shaping the mobile economy...

By Jessica Tennant 20 Nov 2017

Retailers to watch this Black Friday, Cyber Monday
Retailers to watch this Black Friday, Cyber Monday

Retailers and consumers alike are readying themselves for snaking queues and extended shopping hours in-store and online this Black Friday, falling on 24 November this year...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 Nov 2017

Democratising AR, bringing content to life with Zappar
Democratising AR, bringing content to life with Zappar

"Part of our mission in business has always been to democratise AR and truly make it a mass-market proposition."

By Cari Coetzee 20 Nov 2017

#Newsmaker: Amanda Dambuza named Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss 2017
#Newsmaker: Amanda Dambuza named Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss 2017

This year's deserving recipient of the Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss Award is Amanda Dambuza, founder and director of consulting company Uyandiswa, currently in its fourth year and already employing more than 70 people...

By Jessica Tennant 14 Nov 2017

SA's Wezart helps African artists sell to world
SA's Wezart helps African artists sell to world

South African art and fashion marketplace Wezart is helping African artists and designers sell to the rest of the world via its e-commerce platform...

By Tom Jackson 14 Nov 2017

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Ask Afrika Orange Index: Feeling customer service

Marketers need to understand the dynamics of emotions in marketing and how they relate to other factors such as attitudes, persuasion and brand loyalty...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Nov 2017

#NewCampaign: Be the 'slash' generation
#NewCampaign: Be the 'slash' generation

Rémy Martin recently launched the third edition of its annual 'One Life. Live Them.' campaign developed by local advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi BrandsRock, featuring influencers Sivu Madikana and Madoda Khuzwayo...

By Jessica Tennant 10 Nov 2017

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#AfricaCom: How Bitcoin made PnP sexy and other stories

One of the unplanned, but positive, spin offs from Pick n Pay's (PnP) Bitcoin experiment is that it has made retail sexier in attracting talent...

By Nicci Botha 9 Nov 2017

Using the right tools to scale for a Black Friday marketing campaign
Using the right tools to scale for a Black Friday marketing campaign

Black Friday is almost upon us, and it's the one day when savvy brands can genuinely anticipate ramping up their sales with a smart marketing campaign...

By Grant Fleming 9 Nov 2017

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The frozen food market is heating up

In the 1940s tinned foods were extremely popular as a means of preserving products for extended periods of time. However, given the fact that heavy rationing was imposed on these products during World War II, frozen food packaged in paperboard cartons began to emerge as a credible alternative...

By Michelle Newman 8 Nov 2017

#NewCampaign: It starts with...
#NewCampaign: It starts with...

Woolworths recently launched a digitally-led and multi-channel marketing campaign called the 'Starts With' challenge - a seven-week balanced living challenge facilitated through a Facebook event inviting participants to take part...

By Jessica Tennant 7 Nov 2017

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