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#BizTrends2019: Africa's consumers - connected, in control, and hungry for convenience
#BizTrends2019: Africa's consumers - connected, in control, and hungry for convenience

Shopping - love it or hate it, it's nearly impossible to escape the banality or adventure that competes for consumers' precious time. It takes us away from the things we would rather be doing...

By Ailsa Wingfield 14 Jan 2019

Pernod Ricard bets on Africa with Jumia investment
Pernod Ricard bets on Africa with Jumia investment

Pernod Ricard, the owner of Beefeater gin, Absolut vodka and Jameson whiskey, is strengthening its partnership with African e-commerce player Jumia by buying an unspecified stake...

19 Dec 2018

Visa and Vivo Energy partner to enhance digital payments
Visa and Vivo Energy partner to enhance digital payments

Visa and Vivo Energy have announced a pan-African agreement to provide digital payment services to consumers across 15 African countries, where both companies operate...

28 Nov 2018

Orange, MTN launch pan-African mobile money
Orange, MTN launch pan-African mobile money

Orange Group and MTN Group have announced a joint venture, Mowali, to facilitate mobile payments across Africa...

27 Nov 2018

Carrefour teams up with Jumia to sell groceries online in Africa
Carrefour teams up with Jumia to sell groceries online in Africa

African e-commerce player Jumia has signed a partnership agreement with global retailer Carrefour to introduce Carrefour products to millions on the continent via Jumia.com...

27 Nov 2018

Africa's first AR experience on Facebook Messenger
Africa's first AR experience on Facebook Messenger

Pan-African payments company, Celulant, has built the first augmented reality powered try-on experiences in Facebook Messenger...

20 Nov 2018

Mobile app launched to connect to African fashion designers
Mobile app launched to connect to African fashion designers

Lesela, meaning cloth or fabric in Sesotho and Swahili, is a new mobile app that provides access to African fashion designers...

19 Nov 2018

Jumia welcomes framework for e-commerce regulation in Nigeria
Jumia welcomes framework for e-commerce regulation in Nigeria

Juliet Anammah, CEO of Jumia Nigeria, has described the recent tripartite motion to develop a framework to regulate the activities of e-commerce platforms in Nigeria as a round peg in a round hole...

14 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

Top 10 trends in digital commerce
Top 10 trends in digital commerce

Much has changed since the first products were sold online in the 1990s...

By Sandy Shen 17 Oct 2018

Are retailers using tech correctly?
Are retailers using tech correctly?

The digital shift in retail does not refer only to the notion that customers will one day forgo physical stores and shop exclusively online...

By Sebastian Isaac 25 Sep 2018

Challenges in the rapid digitisation of Africa
Challenges in the rapid digitisation of Africa

African countries need to develop a policy response to the digital economy as it will have a profound impact on industrialisation...

18 Sep 2018

Demand for affordable, cross-border payments drives innovation in Africa
Demand for affordable, cross-border payments drives innovation in Africa

The future of payments ecosystems is taking shape in Africa as the continent paves the way for innovation that brings together retail, banking, financial services and mobile technology...

3 Sep 2018

7 ways to create in-store experiences that drive traffic and sales
7 ways to create in-store experiences that drive traffic and sales

Competition in the retail industry is fiercer than ever. Between e-commerce sites and subscription services, consumers have plenty of choices when it comes to where they spend their time and money...

By Higor Torchia 31 Aug 2018

#Loeries2018: Welcome to the hypermarket
#Loeries2018: Welcome to the hypermarket

The second speaker at the 2018 DStv Seminar of Creativity was Lethepu Matshaba, vice president of Homecare Southern Africa at Unilever SA, who spoke on the relevance of creativity in a hyper-fragmented world...

By Angie White 17 Aug 2018

Nigeria's WaraCake expands and launches WaraChow service
Nigeria's WaraCake expands and launches WaraChow service

Nigerian e-commerce startup WaraCake has expanded into 23 Nigerian states and has also announced the launch of a new food delivery service called WaraChow...

13 Aug 2018

Shop on Amazon from Ghana with startup Eazyloop
Shop on Amazon from Ghana with startup Eazyloop

Ghanaian startup Eazyloop is allowing users to shop on international platforms like Amazon and have their purchases delivered to their door within two weeks...

By Tom Jackson 13 Aug 2018

IoT and ERP combine for improved food traceability
IoT and ERP combine for improved food traceability

The Internet of Things (IoT) and its impact on food traceability will be instrumental in addressing everything from world hunger to improving food safety...

By Stuart Scanlon 8 Aug 2018

Kenyan e-commerce startup Sokowatch raises $2m seed round
Kenyan e-commerce startup Sokowatch raises $2m seed round

Kenyan B2B e-commerce startup Sokowatch has closed a $2 million seed round to further expand its customer base across East Africa while also piloting additional value-added services for shops...

By Tom Jackson 30 Jul 2018

#MobileCommerce: Embrace international markets
#MobileCommerce: Embrace international markets

Cross border e-commerce continues to provide significant growth opportunities for retailers and manufacturers with an international online product offering...

By Megan Roper 26 Jul 2018

(L-R): Allen Semboze, Regional Head Africa of Unimoni, and Promoth Manghat, Executive Director of Finablr.
Unimoni rebrand targets 14 African markets

The UAE Exchange has rebranded its Africa Operations as Unimoni and announced plans to invest USD 100 million to expand its Africa operations over the next decade...

23 Jul 2018

5 expectations of the African millennial consumer
5 expectations of the African millennial consumer

As the largest consumer group in the world today, it is impossible to ignore the impact millennials have had - and will continue to have for decades to come as they settle into their prime spending years...

19 Jul 2018

New Pan-African B2B marketplace "a one-stop-shop for all things African"
New Pan-African B2B marketplace "a one-stop-shop for all things African"

Afrimart, a Pan-African business to business (B2B) e-commerce platform for products made in Africa, has just been launched, offering growth prospects for the less exploited intra-Africa trade...

18 Jul 2018

AfricaCom.
AfricaCom 2018 launches conference, expos

Shaping Africa's digital future - AfricaCom launches free headliner conference tracks with worldclass speaker lineup...

16 Jul 2018

The future of retail: Clicks, bricks and data-driven insights
The future of retail: Clicks, bricks and data-driven insights

Over the last 15 years, technology has reshaped the face of global retail. With billions of people spending more time online each day, the way we buy things has evolved...

By Sarah Quinlan 13 Jul 2018

African entrepreneurs join Alibaba's eFounders Fellowship in China
African entrepreneurs join Alibaba's eFounders Fellowship in China

Twenty-nine (29) African entrepreneurs have completed the two-week eFounders Fellowship programme in China, an initiative run by Alibaba and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development...

By Gabriella Mulligan 6 Jul 2018

Visa partners Ivorian government to bring e-payment solutions
Visa partners Ivorian government to bring e-payment solutions

The Ivorian government has signed MOU with Visa with an aim to digitise government services and ensure financial services are accessible to more Ivorians...

5 Jul 2018

Juliet Anammah
AfCFTA will foster partnerships among e-commerce firms: Jumia CEO

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement will encourage partnerships among e-commerce firms within the continent, and impact Nigeria's growing economy significantly, believes the CEO of Jumia Nigeria...

27 Jun 2018

Harnessing the evolutionary power of smart packaging in Africa
Harnessing the evolutionary power of smart packaging in Africa

For the last few years, packaging industry professionals have been curious about the future of smart packaging. Whilst barcodes and QR codes were once considered the "next big thing", the acceleration of technology is transforming smart packaging...

15 Jun 2018

Kenya's Sip simplifies drinks distribution in Nairobi
Kenya's Sip simplifies drinks distribution in Nairobi

Kenyan startup Sip is simplifying the distribution of alcoholic beverages in the country's capital, and is eyeing growth in the B2B space...

By Tom Jackson 11 Jun 2018

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