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#WomensMonth: Adding glamour and sparkle to the agro-processing sector
#WomensMonth: Adding glamour and sparkle to the agro-processing sector

Silvana Dantu and Shareen Parker are the producers of Zari Sparkling Grape juice, a local brand which has set out to disrupt the male-dominated agro-processing sector with its sparkling, alcohol-free beverage brand...

By Terry Levin 1 day ago

#NewCampaign: Shield is going for gold at the Sport Industry Awards
#NewCampaign: Shield is going for gold at the Sport Industry Awards

Shield announced yesterday that it has been nominated for 'Best New Sponsorship' and 'Campaign of the Year' at this year's Sport Industry Awards taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre this Friday, 17 August...

By Jessica Tennant 1 day ago

Mensa merges wine quaffing with digital storytelling
Mensa merges wine quaffing with digital storytelling

With South Africa being home to a host of world-class wine brands, newly released expressions can easily go unnoticed because consumers are faced with so many quality options...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 days ago

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu. Photo: Antonio Fiorente
#WomensMonth: An entrepreneur with a lot of heart and sole

Whether its shoes, leather goods, coffee or healthy snacks, serial entrepreneur, Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, has the Midas touch when it comes to transforming quintessential Ethiopian products into global brands...

By Nicci Botha 2 days ago

Shop on Amazon from Ghana with startup Eazyloop
Shop on Amazon from Ghana with startup Eazyloop

Ghanaian startup Eazyloop is allowing users to shop on international platforms like Amazon and have their purchases delivered to their door within two weeks...

By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

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A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: East of the sun (Part 1)

One cannot write about Maltese lifestyle without weighing in about the Maltese obsession with cars. So, this column is long overdue...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 10 Aug 2018

Meet the Maker: Jacqueline Grobler
Meet the Maker: Jacqueline Grobler

Meet Jacqueline Grobler, owner of Angel Heart Liqueur, Ginifer gin, Westcliff gin, Luvoa Vodka and Venom Moonshine as well as a set of all natural bitters; quite the repertoire for just one lady. Here, Samantha Snedorf sits down and experiences a day in the life of this master distiller...

By Samantha Snedorf 10 Aug 2018

Jane Raphaely encourages women to ask 'Why not?'
Jane Raphaely encourages women to ask 'Why not?'

In her opening keynote at the Marie Claire Power Summit, Jane Raphaely noted that every day should be Women's Day. "Yesterday we lived in a man's world. Today we live in a woman's world... I've seen many things happen and I am yet to see women achieving true equality..." Here's what she believes we ought to do about it...

By Jessica Tennant 9 Aug 2018

FNB lets South Africans pay for groceries with their watch
FNB lets South Africans pay for groceries with their watch

Fitbit Pay is now available in South Africa. The wireless payments service which works through Fitbit's range of wearable devices is now compatible with FNB and RMB VISA bank cards.

By Andy Walker 7 Aug 2018

Lady Bonin's Tea Bar
Lady Bonin's Tea Bar

Bree Street may be the cool kid on the block, but Cape Town's Long Street is home to the country's first dedicated tea bar...

By Eugene Yiga 6 Aug 2018

#FreshOnTheShelf: Designer chocolate, gourmet pizza, summery rosé and healthy crisps
#FreshOnTheShelf: Designer chocolate, gourmet pizza, summery rosé and healthy crisps

In #FreshOnTheShelf, we round up some of our favourite food and beverage products that have hit the retail shelves recently...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 Aug 2018

Meet the Maker: Triple Three Distillery
Meet the Maker: Triple Three Distillery

Tucked away in Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, is a lovely little distillery that produces a top quality gin. Most people visit the estate for the grape-based alcohol but Samantha Snedorf's sole purpose was juniper based - as usual...

By Samantha Snedorf 3 Aug 2018

Private label rises above SA's competitive trading environment
Private label rises above SA's competitive trading environment

Now that the 'Ramaphoria' dust has settled, retailers and manufacturers are needing to come to terms with the fact that GDP growth is stagnant, and as a result, consumer confidence and sales have remained low...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 Aug 2018

SA's Picadoo formalising the African haircare industry
SA's Picadoo formalising the African haircare industry

Johannesburg-based startup Picadoo is bidding to formalise Africa's haircare industry via its online marketplace that helps users find local salons and book appointments...

By Tom Jackson 1 Aug 2018

Maximising ROI without compromising on CX - top tips
Maximising ROI without compromising on CX - top tips

Business-wide strategies are complex - each department operates with structured KPIs that may include boosting profitability, customer feedback ratings, or a host of other criteria - the trick is to ensure that all these departments operate in concert with each other...

By Wynand Smit 31 Jul 2018

Kenyan e-commerce startup Sokowatch raises $2m seed round
Kenyan e-commerce startup Sokowatch raises $2m seed round

Kenyan B2B e-commerce startup Sokowatch has closed a $2 million seed round to further expand its customer base across East Africa while also piloting additional value-added services for shops...

By Tom Jackson 30 Jul 2018

#MobileCommerce: The rise of mobile shopping and its impact on business
#MobileCommerce: The rise of mobile shopping and its impact on business

With smartphone usage in SA as high as an estimated 29.2 million (51% of the population), more and more shoppers are making purchases on their mobile phones...

By Sven Schoof 30 Jul 2018

Meet the Maker: De Vry Distillery
Meet the Maker: De Vry Distillery

Samantha Snedorf explores Johannesburg-based distilleries and visits De Vry Distillery, where she chats to Gerrit Du Plooy, one of three brothers who founded the company...

By Samantha Snedorf 27 Jul 2018

A conscious conversation with Roberta Thatcher of La Mano and The Pantry Market
A conscious conversation with Roberta Thatcher of La Mano and The Pantry Market

The Pantry Market, offering ethically produced, sustainable products in a plastic-free zone, is the newest neighbour on the Keyes Art Mile, Rosebank's art and design district...

By Jessica Tennant 27 Jul 2018

#Apex2018: How to build a global brand with a local insight
#Apex2018: How to build a global brand with a local insight

Veteran marketer Sharon Keith shared four basic principles in explaining how to build global brands at the local level and examples to demonstrate these at the ACA SA's Apex 'Next Level of Thinking Masterclass'...

By Jessica Tennant 26 Jul 2018

7 small details to improve the retail customer's experience (Infographic)
7 small details to improve the retail customer's experience (Infographic)

The customer's experience is one of the major factors that can make or break your retailing business if not managed properly. With the increasing competition in the market nowadays, it is only important to keep your customers happy and satisfied with product and service to keep them loyal to your business...

By Frank Ouyang 26 Jul 2018

Five S-words to make your store site pay for itself
Five S-words to make your store site pay for itself

Cost effective and customer friendly make a site right for your business...

By Richard Mukheibir 24 Jul 2018

#Apex2018: Are we human or are we brands?
#Apex2018: Are we human or are we brands?

Musa Kalenga, chief future officer at the House of Brave, opened the Association for Communication and Advertising's Apex 'Next Level of Thinking Masterclass' last week where he spoke about the shifts that are taking place and why he believes we ought to solve real human problems before we think like brands...

By Jessica Tennant 24 Jul 2018

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A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The summer of your smile

Malta International Airport (MIA) has published its traffic results for June 2018. Passenger movements were up by 14.6% over the previous June. It proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that summer here is a thing.

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 20 Jul 2018

#MobileCommerce: From search to checkout, the top 5 features likely to make your user tap "buy now"
#MobileCommerce: From search to checkout, the top 5 features likely to make your user tap "buy now"

Mobile, and increasingly apps, are core to the success of any retailer's strategy through all stages of the path to purchase or shopping customer's experience...

By Lynette Hundermark 20 Jul 2018

Meet the Maker: Pienaar and Son Distillery
Meet the Maker: Pienaar and Son Distillery

What do the erstwhile indie band- Ashtray Electric and my favourite juniper spirit have in common? Andre Pienaar of course!

By Samantha Snedorf 20 Jul 2018

The digital landscape of South Africa
The digital landscape of South Africa

Ellen De Matos Silva shares her thoughts on the digital landscape of South Africa as well as the rise of e-commerce...

By Ellen De Matos Silva 19 Jul 2018

#MobileCommerce: The right product, to the right customer, at the right time
#MobileCommerce: The right product, to the right customer, at the right time

As Cape Union Mart Group's director of e-commerce, Amanda Herson has the mammoth task of ensuring a seamless online experience for some of South Africa's most loved retail brands...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 18 Jul 2018

LG's InstaView fridge and TwinWash are models of efficiency
LG's InstaView fridge and TwinWash are models of efficiency

Home appliances have always been designed to make our lives easier. And as consumers become increasingly time-poor, the need for 'convenience' is driving more and more of our purchasing decisions...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 Jul 2018

Meet the Maker: Love-Gin
Meet the Maker: Love-Gin

Sam Snedorf introduces mother and son duo, Sandra and Heinrich Swanepoel, who owns Love-Gin - a product that gets you to create your very own juniper spirits...

By Samantha Snedorf 13 Jul 2018

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