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Santa opts for gadgets, Barbie and biscuits
Santa opts for gadgets, Barbie and biscuits

Speciality products such as well-priced tablets and smartphones and digital toys will dominate Christmas sales.

By Adele Shevel 22 Dec 2014 12:36

UN awards Unilever for sustainable and water neutral investment
UN awards Unilever for sustainable and water neutral investment

The Investment Promotion Award has been presented by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) on behalf of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development to Unilever for its sustainable and water neutral investment at the Indonsa factory in Durban.

22 Dec 2014 12:04

Brazilian billionaire Diniz buys stake in Carrefour
Brazilian billionaire Diniz buys stake in Carrefour

PARIS, FRANCE: French retail giant Carrefour said on Thursday, 18 December 2014, it has sold 10% of its Brazilian subsidiary to local billionaire Abilio Diniz for 525 million euros ($650 million).

22 Dec 2014 11:04

Standard Bank gets #appy and awarded by turning to customer-centric marketing
Standard Bank gets #appy and awarded by turning to customer-centric marketing

You might have noticed 'Standard Bank' storylines woven into Isidingo, Muvhango and Isibaya this year. This wasn't just a happy coincidence but rather a well-thought out strategy, which also saw the launch of a new Standard Bank-specific radio soapie called Iketsetse-Zenzele or Do It Yourself, broadcast on SABC and community radio in 10 languages...

By Leigh Andrews 22 Dec 2014 08:58

Santa Claus is real... Adverts say so
Santa Claus is real... Adverts say so

'Santa isn't real." There it was, in white lettering on an orange background on a prominent site on Witkoppen Road, Johannesburg...

By Sarah Britten 22 Dec 2014 07:35

Economic instability and its effect on the franchising industry
Economic instability and its effect on the franchising industry

In today's turbulent economic times, both franchise brands and franchisees need to understand the key fundamentals driving today's operating environment. What's more, they need to embrace them.

By Val Bourdos Nichas 19 Dec 2014 13:22

The year e-commerce grew up
The year e-commerce grew up

Online shopping hit the mainstream in South Africa during 2014, says e-commerce payment services provider PayGate, and the growth is set to continue during 2015.

19 Dec 2014 12:31

WWF-SA releases report on marine protected areas
WWF-SA releases report on marine protected areas

WWF South Africa's latest marine assessment has indicated that the country's 24 marine protected areas (MPAs) are critical for the health of future fish stock. However, their significance is not fully appreciated.

19 Dec 2014 10:41

Three simple rules for your online store this festive season
Three simple rules for your online store this festive season

The festive season is the most profitable time of year for many online businesses with a surge not only in the number of placed orders but in the basket size as well, according to Neil Watson, CEO and founding partner of Digital Planet, a leading South African e-commerce and logistics solutions partner.

19 Dec 2014 07:28

LP Gas installation rules - not just hot air

The South African power grid is severely strained and is impacting both consumers and industry. Apart from Eskom rolling out regular load shedding in order to manage the power grid, electricity prices continue to rise and it is unlikely that they will decrease to what the country has been used to for the past 20 years.

18 Dec 2014 15:35

Do's and don'ts for crime prevention over Christmas
Do's and don'ts for crime prevention over Christmas

The festive season is a time of the year that many South Africans look forward to the most. Unfortunately, it is also a period that is associated with an increase in criminal activity.

By Annelie Smith 18 Dec 2014 12:51

Sandwich Baron Soweto - a new profit frontier

In 2013, Sandwich Baron, in association with the Franchise Association of Southern Africa (FASA), announced the competition to give one, hardworking, driven and passionate entrepreneur the opportunity of owning and managing his or her own store.

18 Dec 2014 12:41

Magnum to pop up in Cape Town
Magnum to pop up in Cape Town

The Magnum Pleasure Store pops up at Cavendish Square, Claremont on 17 January 2015 in celebration of the brand's 25th Birthday, giving you the chance to customise your own Magnum and share the glamour of a quarter century of pleasure with some of the country's hottest celebrities.

18 Dec 2014 12:34