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SA florist startup Petal&Post plans nationwide expansion
SA florist startup Petal&Post plans nationwide expansion

South African online florist Petal&Post is planning expansion across the country after its offering met with significant success in Cape Town and Durbanville...

By Tom Jackson 10 Oct 2018

SA deliveries startup Droppa launches retail gateway
SA deliveries startup Droppa launches retail gateway

South African on-demand delivery startup Droppa has launched Droppa Retail, a gateway for retail stores, warehouses and distribution centres to make deliveries to their customers...

By Tom Jackson 26 Sep 2018

Fleur le Cordeur: a business in bloom
Fleur le Cordeur: a business in bloom

Fleur le Cordeur is about blessing people on their special occasions - especially on their wedding day. The company loves everything about anything that grows from soil, and especially using these gifts from nature to bless people...

By Eugene Yiga 3 Sep 2018

#WomensMonth: The woman behind PayU South Africa
#WomensMonth: The woman behind PayU South Africa

Karen Nadasen, CEO of PayU South Africa, is regularly described as one of South Africa's most inspiring women in tech, nominated for IT Personality of the Year 2017...

By Evan-Lee Courie 30 Aug 2018

On-demand grocery concierge startup OneCart eyes national expansion
On-demand grocery concierge startup OneCart eyes national expansion

OneCart.co.za, a Johannesburg-based startup that's been described as an 'Uber for groceries', has just reached over 1,000 active users on its multi-store online shopping platform...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 21 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

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

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

Taking telecoms to the next level: Who needs a long-term contract?
Taking telecoms to the next level: Who needs a long-term contract?

The average South African has experienced the sheer frustration that comes as part of the service provider package once you sign on the dotted line, especially when it comes to telecoms service providers...

By Ilse van den Berg 4 Jun 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

Tiger Brands' failed attempt to manage the listeriosis crisis is costing them severely
Tiger Brands' failed attempt to manage the listeriosis crisis is costing them severely

Failing to plan for a reputational crisis happens more often than it is comfortable to think about. Lunice Johnston writes about what steps are crucial to successfully handling a reputational crisis...

By Lunice Johnston 27 Mar 2018

Nicholas Haralambous
#ECMA18: It's not an apocalypse, it's a retail revolution

As store closures continue across the globe, we're witnessing the demise of physical retail as we know it...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 26 Mar 2018

Classism in South Africa: What's happening in our shops?
Classism in South Africa: What's happening in our shops?

As much as we hate to admit it classism is still very much alive and well in South Africa, particularly within our retail sector. Devan Moonsamy unpacks the term classism and how organisations can train it out so that they are able to be a more inclusive...

By Devan Moonsamy 20 Mar 2018

#SeamlessAfrica: Store 4.0 is an attitude, not a technology
#SeamlessAfrica: Store 4.0 is an attitude, not a technology

E-commerce may be where the retail industry is seeing growth, but the physical store is not dead. In fact, it may be more important than ever...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 12 Mar 2018

#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail
#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail

If you're searching for proof that retail as we know it is changing, look no further than Shanghai's 24-hour, unstaffed, self-driving grocery store...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Cross border trade set to grow e-commerce in SA
#BizTrends2018: Cross border trade set to grow e-commerce in SA

More and more, consumers in sub-Saharan Africa are looking beyond their borders to get the products and services they need...

By Efi Dahan 12 Jan 2018

New era of retail an opportunity for enhanced customer experience
New era of retail an opportunity for enhanced customer experience

In the mid to late 90s the number of internet businesses grew exponentially. Since consumers were getting connected in their millions, this space was ideal for entrepreneurs to create hype around projected profitability...

By Wynand Smit 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Is franchising future-proof?
#BizTrends2018: Is franchising future-proof?

Modern-day franchising has been with us since the mid-1950s when it made its presence felt in the USA. Subsequently, expansion was swift and within a few short years, the concept had conquered the world.

By Tony Da Fonseca 9 Jan 2018

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Shopping with tweens

Maria Berrios-Carter writes about what she thinks is a golden marketing opportunity that businesses can implement to target parents shopping with tweens...

By Maria Berrios-Carter 22 Dec 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

Google Shopping showing exponential growth for early adopters
Google Shopping showing exponential growth for early adopters

Google Shopping is making its mark, with some retailers showing a return on investment percentages measured in the thousands...

By Adriaan Strydom 6 Nov 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: A nurturing approach to non-surgical aesthetics
#EntrepreneurMonth: A nurturing approach to non-surgical aesthetics

Amy Bowie is the founder and heart of Pulse Dermatology and Laser in Kenridge, Cape Town. From anti-ageing injectables, bespoke peels and advanced fat removal...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 27 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Go out there and do something that you love
#EntrepreneurMonth: Go out there and do something that you love

A startup born in a dorm room in 2007 is now a successful business with 36 stores around the country. To date, weFix has expertly repaired smartphones as well as tablets, laptops, and DJI drones for over 700,000 customers...

By Ilse van den Berg 20 Oct 2017

#PricecheckAwards: Travelstart named E-commerce Service of the Year
#PricecheckAwards: Travelstart named E-commerce Service of the Year

Travelstart was the overall winner of the PriceCheck Tech & E-commerce Awards 2017, claiming the title of E-commerce Service of the Year...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 15 Sep 2017

#WomensMonth: Convenient home-style meals with Why Cook
#WomensMonth: Convenient home-style meals with Why Cook

Why Cook is a Gauteng-based catering company that focuses on delivering modern home-style cooking made from fresh ingredients directly to one's door...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 31 Aug 2017

#WomensMonth: SweepSouth's Aisha Pandor keeps on climbing
#WomensMonth: SweepSouth's Aisha Pandor keeps on climbing

SweepSouth's Aisha Pandor has been named one of the top 50 most inspiring women in tech...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Aug 2017

#CSIMonth: Imbalie Beauty Academy opens doors into the industry
#CSIMonth: Imbalie Beauty Academy opens doors into the industry

South African beauty franchise group Imbalie Beauty has become a key player in South Africa's robust franchising industry...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 24 Jul 2017

Franchising industry shows resilience amid economic challenges
Franchising industry shows resilience amid economic challenges

Franchising is one industry that has proven in many countries to be resilient even in the face of extensive macroeconomic difficulties...

By Dumisani Bengu 12 Jul 2017

Allen Ambor
Burger special wasn't financially viable: Spur founder

When Spur ended its popular Monday Buy One Get One Free burger special at the end of March this year, cash-strapped diners mourned the loss...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 27 Jun 2017

Allen Ambor, founder and executive chairman of Spur Corporation.
Spur founder Allen Ambor's tough love approach to business

Iconic SA restaurant chain, Spur Steak Ranches, will be 50-years-old in October this year and has grown into an internationally-recognised brand...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 26 Jun 2017

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