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A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: West of the moon (Part 2)

Maltese drivers have a terrible reputation, even amongst themselves. I had presumed that if everyone drove badly, that would come to be regarded as the new normal, but no...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 1 day 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

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

#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

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

#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

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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

#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

#MobileCommerce: The growth of mobile shopping in South Africa
#MobileCommerce: The growth of mobile shopping in South Africa

E-commerce is going from strength to strength in South Africa, more and more consumers are gaining confidence in making online purchases that are not solely limited to the likes of books, CDs, electronics, airline tickets and the like...

By Graham Du Plessis 13 Jul 2018

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DJI Ronin-S launches in SA

Orms hosted a launch event, showcasing the latest in gimbal technology with the release of the DJI Ronin-S in SA. This new innovation is DJI's first single-handed stabiliser promising professional quality...

By Juanita Pienaar 11 Jul 2018

Edcon bids farewell to Boardmans and Red Square brands
Edcon bids farewell to Boardmans and Red Square brands

Boardmans and Red Square cosmetics stores will soon be no longer as Edcon intensifies its focus on the Edgars brand in a bid to win back shoppers...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 9 Jul 2018

#MobileCommerce: Step into the future with mobile
#MobileCommerce: Step into the future with mobile

When mobile phones hit the market in South Africa around 1994, there was a sentiment by many that, having lived life quite effectively without these devices, they simply did not need one...

By Dave Nemeth 4 Jul 2018

#IFE2018: In the business of franchising, talk to the numbers
#IFE2018: In the business of franchising, talk to the numbers

What really counts is money. It is why people are in business and for franchisers, this means guiding their franchisee on the franchise runway to achieving their goals...

By Danette Breitenbach 4 Jul 2018

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

While retailers need to be geared for mobile, it is only a part of the shopping journey in South Africa. Omnichannel is where it is at...

By Robyn Cooke 2 Jul 2018

#YouthMonth: Zaid Osman on his sneaker hustle turned roaring success
#YouthMonth: Zaid Osman on his sneaker hustle turned roaring success

Entrepreneur and social innovator Zaid Osman is one of the driving forces behind South Africa's vibrant sneaker culture...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Jun 2018

Glamit's Inge Peacock on the unstoppable power of good hair
Glamit's Inge Peacock on the unstoppable power of good hair

Serial entrepreneur Inge Peacock has always been passionate about running a business that helps people look and feel their best...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Jun 2018

The shopping centre is dead. Long live the shopping centre.
The shopping centre is dead. Long live the shopping centre.

Every year nine million people view the Mona Lisa. People still flock to live events at stadiums. Why; when they can see it on video, in HD and 3D and AR, etc...

By Danette Breitenbach 12 Jun 2018

Kenyan startup Tanda launches inventory-management solution
Kenyan startup Tanda launches inventory-management solution

Kenyan startup Tanda, which makes it easier to run a shop by allowing shop owners to order and manage their inventory, has formally launched after a four-month pilot...

By Tom Jackson 6 Jun 2018

#AfricaMonth: How Shoprite trailblazed trading in Africa
#AfricaMonth: How Shoprite trailblazed trading in Africa

The Shoprite Group has trailblazed trading in Africa in many respects. Since kicking off its expansion into the continent in 1990, the retailer now has its footprints firmly planted in over 460 locations across 14 African countries...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 24 May 2018

Designing a great customer journey can help even the smallest digital offering
Designing a great customer journey can help even the smallest digital offering

From the moment they click onto an e-commerce site, customers develop a lasting impression of your brand...

By Brendon Williamson 18 May 2018

Push for H&M to support SA suppliers
Push for H&M to support SA suppliers

Since launching in South Africa in October 2015, H&M has become a dominant force in the local clothing retail industry...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 15 May 2018

The innovative independent retail trade
The innovative independent retail trade

The independent retail trade is a robust environment and one that has grown three times faster than the corporate channel...

By Danette Breitenbach 3 May 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Attention shoppers, isle one!
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Attention shoppers, isle one!

Where do you find Europe's most avid shoppers? Living on the island of Malta, according to findings released comparing EU28 nations...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 27 Apr 2018

CNA and Edgars stores to sport new look
CNA and Edgars stores to sport new look

A rebrand is on the cards for CNA and Edgars stores as part of Edcon's turnaround strategy to win back shoppers...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Apr 2018

The big dreams of Skinny Sbu
The big dreams of Skinny Sbu

A sock collector from a tender age, Sibusiso Ngwenya started his own homegrown accessories brand, Skinny Sbu Socks, with just R70, his mother's encouragement and the desire to be Africa's answer to Tom Ford...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Apr 2018

Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing
Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing

Kenyan agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has partnered IBM Research to extend access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system...

By Tom Jackson 19 Apr 2018

Oolala Collection Club answers the call for 'clean' beauty
Oolala Collection Club answers the call for 'clean' beauty

Consumers are wising up to the far-reaching environmental, ethical and health benefits of conscious consumption, and a review of our beauty routines are an important part of the lifestyle audits we're undertaking...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 Apr 2018

Mobile and social are dominant forces in SA retail
Mobile and social are dominant forces in SA retail

Virtual shopping is becoming the norm. Using our mobile devices to window shop and find the best price, product reviews, and advice through social media has reinvented the shopping experience...

By Kerry Hope 6 Apr 2018

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