The year 2013 for most brands, especially the ones coping with saturated markets in developed countries, will be a decisive one. Incorporating Africa into their corporate brand strategy, if they haven't done so, will be the better part of valour, so to speak.
By Obaika Consulting Team 31 Jan 2013
No, the concepts of "tribalism", "gamification" and "engagement" aren't a promo for the latest computer game, but are in fact the trends that will characterise the way companies and consumers interact in 2013. The branding industry is constantly developing and. while the following trends are evolutions rather than dynamic, short-term changes, we believe there are 10 areas that will define the brandscape over the next year.
By HKLM Exco Team 31 Jan 2013
As 2013 commences, afro-pessimism seems to cede to afro-optimism. There is a global consensus: Africa is poised for a great future. What will be the impact of Africa's growth on our industry? What will be the major trends of the year? In the business world, predicting the future is a crucial exercise.
By Nandkishor Buty 30 Jan 2013
A billion Africans and 50 million bank accounts. In South Africa, credit cards are used by only 16.5% of the population (2008). No African country comes close to 1% of total retail spend spent online - the magic figure which constitutes the tipping point for digital retail growth. No wonder, then, that the ecommerce market in Africa hasn't bloomed.
By Herman Manson 12 May 2011
The recent global recession has changed our world forever. In a new digital age, characterised by oversupply and too many product types in almost every market, the challenge for companies will be to locate and capture pools of high-profit demand and be able to move with speed and flexibility to take advantage of them. Here are 11 trends for 2011.
By Gisèle Wertheim Aymés 18 Jan 2011
If 2010 could be summed up as soccer, vuvuzelas and national pride, 2011 will be all about the hard work of restoring the economy to sustainable growth, paying attention to environmental concerns and mastering the technologies that are changing the world. Here are a few trends to watch in 2011.
By Janice Spark 17 Jan 2011
The eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano had a massive impact on many spheres - from the airlines, to events, to travel, to health, import and exports, and more, and its impact is likely to be felt for a long time - and that's even should the eruption cease completely - which it hasn't!
By Rod Baker 29 Apr 2010
Zain Malawi has signed an agreement with Multichoice Malawi to enable customers to pay their monthly DStv subscriptions through Zain's mobile money transfer facility, ZAP Khusa M'manja. Zain Malawi finance director Longa Sipula hailed the deal as an example of what mobile phones can do to improve lives.
By Gregory Gondwe 28 Apr 2010
The 2010 FIFA World Cup is slowly but surely edging closer to a full stadium syndrome, with 2.2 million tickets sold so far. The remaining 500 000 tickets will go on sale on 15 April 2010 during the last ticket sale phase, which includes over-the-counter sales at designated FIFA ticketing centres nationwide, the organisers announced today, Friday, 9 April.
By Issa Sikiti da Silva 9 Apr 2010
Government, through its office of the director of public procurement (ODPP) has set up new procurement procedures, which will support small-to-medium enterprise (SMEs), other local manufacturers and producers.
By Gregory Gondwe 4 Feb 2010
Malawi has set up new exchange controls as a strategic way of ensuring adequate utilisation of its foreign exchange reserves.
By Gregory Gondwe 11 Jan 2010
Air Malawi CEO Wisdom Mchungula has confessed that the debt-riddled airliner is surviving by the mercy of Malawian public. The CEO made these confessions in the presence of the Malawi Parliamentary Committee on Budget and Finance in Lilongwe last week.
By Gregory Gondwe 15 Oct 2009
President Bingu wa Mutharika, on Monday, 14 September 2009, appointed a new govener of the country's reserve bank. Dr. Perks Ligoya, who was director of economics in the finance ministry and initially worked at the central bank for 20 years, has already accepted the challenge.
By Gregory Gondwe 16 Sep 2009
The Bankers Association of Malawi (BAM) has joined hands with Kenyan-based CRB-Africa to form the first of its kind Credit Reference Bureau (CRB-Malawi). BAM President George Partridge who is also the country's CEO for Malawi's largest bank by assets, the National Bank of Malawi (NBM) said the bureau would help commercial banks stop wasting time and resources trying to establish history of customers.
By Gregory Gondwe 14 Aug 2009
As a shortage of foreign currency threatens to derail Malawi's economic growth, authorities have clamped down on illegal dealers of foreign currency with the court fining a Chinese national who was caught trying to smuggle out thousands of US dollars and arresting two local businessmen found in possession of fake foreign currencies.
By Gregory Gondwe 11 Aug 2009
As Malawi is still struggling to get enough foreign currency on the market, its central bank, the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has unleashed its latest whip on forex bureaus for what it called non-compliance to rules set in the Exchange Control Regulations 2007.
By Gregory Gondwe 6 Aug 2009
Old Mutual, the sole foreign counter in the Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE), last week, jerked the Malawi All Share Index (Masi) into motion after months of inaction moving it upwards to 4954.28 points from 4952.11 representing a 2.17 points push.
By Gregory Gondwe 3 Aug 2009
Malawi's resident representative for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Maitland Macfarlan announced last week that Malawi will benefit from the body's rescue plan, to help countries fend off the world economic crisis.
By Gregory Gondwe 31 Jul 2009
Malawi's scale of trading on its Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE), the Malawi All Share Index (MASI) has not shown any activity for the last four weeks raising more fears on its performance; the local shares market has not registered significant share price gains since the beginning of this year.
By Gregory Gondwe 20 Jul 2009