South Africa's retailers will be under more pressure than ever this year to differentiate themselves in a cluttered and competitive environment. And this in a market where consumers are also under huge budget constraints.
By Pete Case, Issued by Gloo 12 Mar 2014 13:55
Humans are natural storytellers. From ancient cave paintings to Shakespeare's First Folio, people have always had an affinity for a well-told story. This is especially true in the world of commerce.
By Mark Porter 11 Mar 2014 14:27
There are a number of specialists who all contribute to analysing and interpreting big data. We'd like to add a less obvious specialisation into the mix, namely animation and gaming.
By Glenn Gillis 7 Mar 2014 06:54
Most companies have heard about big data, and are vaguely aware of the benefits. Unfortunately, it remains a 'nice idea' but one whose benefits are not well understood.
By Gerald Naidoo 6 Mar 2014 07:10
As the rand weakens and the pula strengthens, so consumers in Botswana find the gap in the cost of goods between South Africa and Botswana in Woolworths grows and not in their favour.
By Gwen Watkins 5 Mar 2014 16:02
The consequences of the shutdown were felt as far afield from the U.S. as here in South Africa, as was demonstrated by several of the reseller channels.
By Simon Campbell-Young 5 Mar 2014 14:30
Reward-based initiatives offer retailers a perfect way to link their digital marketing spend to their point of sale, closing the loop between the two, and making digital ROI easier to measure and optimise.
By Pete Case, Issued by Gloo 28 Feb 2014 11:49
Retailers need to understand and engage with their customers. Customers want relevant information sent to them and this translates into retailers sending them the right message at the right time.
By Danette Breitenbach 20 Feb 2014 11:39
Most people involved in ecommerce spend most of their time dealing with operations, inventory and policy. However, the most vital element of any business is the customer.
By Charles Mburugu 19 Feb 2014 09:49
Forecourts average 1,000 till transactions per day. If you look at the convenience market, the forecourt is today's 24/7 destination shop where you can buy anything from sweets to newspapers, ice to charcoal.
By Danette Breitenbach 12 Feb 2014 06:40
The most recent International Monetary Fund regional economic outlook for sub-Saharan Africa projects an accelerated GDP growth of 6% in 2014 from around 5% in 2013.
By Nick Schilperoort 7 Feb 2014 08:28
Why is it that you can only take a certain number of clothes into the changing room at a time? Do you really have to get dressed, go back out, fetch the other items you want and repeat the process again?
By Kelly Summerfield 6 Feb 2014 07:00
The South African retail landscape has undergone massive change and is becoming increasingly dynamic with the influx of new local and well-known international brands.
By Brett Kaplan 4 Feb 2014 08:20
I believe this will be one of the biggest trends to shape the marketing landscape in 2014...
By Mike Taberner 3 Feb 2014 06:27
Our selection of trends is broad - but cherry-picked - to give you a sense of what the trends are, across a wide variety of industries.
By Dion Chang and Raleen Bagg 29 Jan 2014 09:26
Any business looking to scale needs business processes. Good business processes take your company to the next level by automating functions that previously required management in the form of human capital.
By Aneesh Reddy 28 Jan 2014 14:35
I think that overall it's going to be a tough year for retailers, but those that truly embrace technology, focus on staff, their knowledge and deliver an authentic, world class experience could edge ahead of competitors.
By Doug Mayne 22 Jan 2014 06:22
Here's a question for all small business owners: Wouldn't it be nice to be a psychic, just for one day? To have the opportunity to peer inside the mind of employees, prospects and clients so you could exactly how to grow your customer base?
By Aneesh Reddy 21 Jan 2014 14:29
2013 was another banner year for self-service in South Africa. We have seen the online market grow in leaps and bounds, with more and more people using their tablets, smartphones and PCs to do everyday transactions rather than standing in queues and waiting on hold for call centre agents.
By Kevin Meltzer 17 Jan 2014 14:00
Having been a senior role-player in the e-commerce space for 13 years, these are some of my industry trend predictions for 2014.
By Gary Hadfield 17 Jan 2014 06:13
Given the pervasiveness of mobiles in South Africa, one would expect it to influence the retail sector greatly. However this is not the case says Jesse Green of Perk, a company that works with retailers to engage shoppers on their mobiles while in-store.
By Danette Breitenbach 16 Jan 2014 07:38
With consumers searching for shopping experiences and not merely driven by products and pricing, the face of retail is about to change drastically over the next few years. Here are just some of the trends we will start seeing from 2014.
By Dave Nemeth 15 Jan 2014 06:19
This year truly has been the year of the app. With iPhone, Android and tablets becoming the gadgets of the future, apps have exploded onto the scene with pretty much everything you could ask for.
By Beverley Klein 18 Dec 2013 08:23
Michael Wood, co-founder and director of Aperio, a business consulting company focused on accelerating growth of FMCG brands in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, looks back on 2013 to identify key learnings for brands.
By Michael Wood, Issued by Aperio 17 Dec 2013 12:09
Professional services firm, Deloitte was a title sponsor of the inaugural World Retail Congress Africa, held last month in Sandton. I spoke to Ilse du Toit, a manager within the Strategy & Innovation practice at Deloitte Consulting.
By Danette Breitenbach 17 Dec 2013 08:48
After a four-year battle with its competitor Nestle, the UK Appeals Court has refused the registration of Cadbury's trademark application for the specific colour purple that Cadbury has used for over 150 years in relation to its chocolate wrapping.
By Christophe van Zyl 11 Dec 2013 13:51
As of 6 December this year you will no longer see a nurturing mother feeding her happy baby a bottle of formula milk as an advertisement in any newspaper, magazine, on a website or on television.
By Lize Mills 11 Dec 2013 09:28
Since the global recession, spending behaviour has gone through various transitions, the consumer has become more and more budget savvy. Could it be that desperate times do indeed call for desperate measures?
By Tralone Khoza 10 Dec 2013 11:40
'2D is the opportunity to use data to communicate with the consumer on their smart phone. It is now viewed as part of our lives, mobility.'
By Danette Breitenbach 9 Dec 2013 10:10
Many a retailer will sing to the tune of "The customer is always right", but not a lot actually live the phrase, much less invest any time or innovation in it. Luckily for you and I, this age of short-term vision is drawing to a close.
By Sindy Peters 5 Dec 2013 10:35
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