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#ShopperInsights2019: I love you, but...
#ShopperInsights2019: I love you, but...

Despite retailers widening their repertoire, baskets are shrinking as tough times for shoppers dictate more planning and less impulse shopping...

By Danette Breitenbach 8 Nov 2018

#GoogleRetail: No room for silos in omnichannel retail
#GoogleRetail: No room for silos in omnichannel retail

We're in living in an omnichannel world. We use a number of different paths to get to the products, info and services that we want. Search has become intuitive...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 6 Nov 2018

Nielsen Smartstore: Keeping up with shoppers today and tomorrow
Nielsen Smartstore: Keeping up with shoppers today and tomorrow

Shoppers are changing at such a rapid pace, and while there are many methodologies to understand shoppers, a tool to help us move with the rapidly changing shoppers is needed...

By Danette Breitenbach 29 Aug 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

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

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

#ECMA18: Cracking e-commerce conversion
#ECMA18: Cracking e-commerce conversion

The proliferation of e-commerce essentially means that retailers are now more than ever competing in a global marketplace...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 16 Mar 2018

#SeamlessAfrica: An Afrocentric approach to store design
#SeamlessAfrica: An Afrocentric approach to store design

In the search to become 'more than a store', retailers in Africa need to put their customer at the heart of the operation, says Frans van der Colff...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 9 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: What does the travel store of the future look like?
#BizTrends2018: What does the travel store of the future look like?

The travel agency of tomorrow will blend a personal and human touch with digital technologies. Instead of travel agents, we'll see the emergence of...

By Jannine Adams 15 Jan 2018

Chris Weylandt
#BODJHB: Chris Weylandt on the basics of retail

On day two of the Johannesburg version of Business of Design, Chris Weylandt explained his tactics to competing or rather leading in the retail game...

By Jessica Tennant 20 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Chris Weylandt on the business of contemporary home decor design
#EntrepreneurMonth: Chris Weylandt on the business of contemporary home decor design

Chris Weylandt, founder and CEO of furniture and decor retailer Weylandts, forms part of the impressive line-up at this year's Business of Design conference...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 18 Oct 2017

Big data divide: what traditional retailers can learn from e-commerce
Big data divide: what traditional retailers can learn from e-commerce

The harsh reality is that local retailers are still very early on their journeys towards leveraging big data...

By Garth Meier 19 Sep 2017

#SACSCCongress: The artisanal food revolution and the modern retail space
#SACSCCongress: The artisanal food revolution and the modern retail space

Retail futurist Howard Saunders discusses some of the shifts in consumer mindset and retail brand innovation...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 14 Sep 2017

Coping under fire
Coping under fire

Janine Lazarus, founder and owner of Janine Lazarus media consultancy was a journalist for 31 years, and has worked across the board from newspapers to radio...

By Danette Breitenbach 3 Mar 2015

Anton Harber
Depth of Africa coverage improves

Coverage of the rest of Africa in our media provides an interesting gauge of our relationship with the continent since our borders opened up 20 years ago...

By Anton Harber 5 Dec 2014

Africa - the final frontier
Africa - the final frontier

In expanding and marketing products and services into Africa, business owners need to keep in mind that the continent of Africa has 53 countries, hundreds of languages and various cultures, making it a complex task.

By Sumesh Rahavendra 29 Sep 2014

Henry Buell
Redefining direct sales to reach Generation C

RIXEYVILLE, US: The direct sales industry has changed very little over the last few decades, incorporating new technologies as they have developed, rather than evolving their business practices to capitalise further on existing markets.

By Henry Buell 20 Jun 2014

Africa is the youngest continent in the world in terms of its people and is expected to have the largest workforce in the world by 2035. Consumer-facing industries will grow significantly between now and 2010. (Image: NASA)
Bottom line: It's about Africa

Africa is the story, actually the big story is Africa*. This was the message from Malcolm Horne, of Broll at the fourth South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) annual research conference.

By Danette Breitenbach 11 Apr 2014

[2014 trends] Fashionably late
[2014 trends] Fashionably late

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

(Image: NASA, via Wikimedia Commons)
'Beyond Retail' for Africa

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

Monika D'Agostino
Dare to be counter-intuitive

Recently, I finished reading a book written by one of the "Housewives of New York", Carole Razdiwill. Don't judge me, I love watching these shows. It's one of my guilty pleasures. Contrary to popular perception, this book is excellently written, riveting and it takes you on a journey that is both intriguing and sad. The author is the widow of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' nephew.

By Monika D'Agostino 4 May 2013

[2013 trends] Africa's dynamic markets
[2013 trends] Africa's dynamic markets

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

Massmart sells Zim stores to OK Zimbabwe
Massmart sells Zim stores to OK Zimbabwe

South Africa's Massmart, a sitting duck for a US$2 billion takeover bid by US retailer Wal-Mart Store Inc., has sold its Zimbabwe unit to retail group, OK Zimbabwe. The deal ends months of speculation over Massmart's planned disposal of Makro Zimbabwe and the identity of the buyer.

By Dumisani Ndlela 10 Dec 2010

Zim: An apparel shop and a funeral plan

There is a new signal that seasons have changed in Zimbabwe, and it is the apparel shops displaying "winter clearance sale" or "summer fashions just arrived" signs on their display windows.

By Dumisani Ndlela 23 Aug 2010

Pick n Pay to bailout Zim retailer
Pick n Pay to bailout Zim retailer

Meikles Ltd CEO Brendan Beaumont has confirmed negotiations with South Africa's Pick n Pay over Zimbabwe's TM Supermarkets, saying the supermarket chain requires US$21 million, or R167 million at the ruling exchange rate, in fresh capital.

By Dumisani Ndlela 24 May 2010

Pick n Pay to acquire Zim TM Supermarkets shares
Pick n Pay to acquire Zim TM Supermarkets shares

South Africa's retail group Pick n Pay was said to have reached an agreement on extending its shareholding in Zimbabwe's TM Supermarkets, currently majority-owned by Kingdom Meikles. The deal is said to be part of a recovery plan for the Kingdom Meikles group, whose retail operations need significant cash injections for refurbishment and restocking.

By Dumisani Ndlela 10 May 2010

Zim retailer plans to double customer base

Retail group OK Zimbabwe, is expecting to double its revenues after re-launching its grand challenge which had been suspended two years ago due to an unprecedented economic crisis in the country.

By Dumisani Ndlela 26 Apr 2010

Zim: Clothing retail giants endure tough market
Zim: Clothing retail giants endure tough market

Clothing retail giants are finding that the battle for the cash market is turning tougher due to a proliferation of informal retail shops stocking cheap but quality merchandise from abroad.

By Dumisani Ndlela 8 Mar 2010

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