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Rwandan startup Ared expands micro-franchising model to Uganda
Rwandan startup Ared expands micro-franchising model to Uganda

Rwandan PaaS (platform as a service) startup Ared has marked its first international expansion by setting up 10 women-run 'smart business in a box' solar-powered kiosks in Uganda...

13 May 2019

Small e-commerce companies ideally positioned to weather the slowdown
Small e-commerce companies ideally positioned to weather the slowdown

As South Africa continues its longest downward cycle in many decades, local business owners are actively looking for ways to shore up...

By Brendon Williamson 25 Apr 2019

Mr Price the first retailer to list on A2X
Mr Price the first retailer to list on A2X

Mr Price Group has been approved for a secondary listing on A2X Markets and its shares will be available for trade on A2X from 2 May 2019...

24 Apr 2019

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Bank customer loyalty eroded by vanilla offerings

Core banking products are largely undifferentiated across the various brands, resulting in customers who are becoming increasingly multi-banked...

11 Apr 2019

Student Village releases student spend report
Student Village releases student spend report

Youth agency Student Village has released the results of its 2019 Student Spend report, which paints an entirely different picture to previous years, as a new generation, Gen Z, enters the fray...

5 Apr 2019

PwC releases consumer insights survey for 2019
PwC releases consumer insights survey for 2019

Anton Hugo, retail & consumer leader for PwC Africa and associate directors Rashaad Fortune and Andries Geertsema presented PwC's 2019 Global Consumer Insights Survey at the Peech Hotel in Johannesburg on 3 April...

3 Apr 2019

#PowerofMom2019: Women transition from 'selfish' to 'conscious' spenders
#PowerofMom2019: Women transition from 'selfish' to 'conscious' spenders

Nielsen Bases director Esti Prinsloo, who spoke at the Power of Mom Conference, explained that women hold the power when it comes to purchase decisions and their choices change as they go through different life stages...

1 Apr 2019

How payments have impacted the growth of forecourt retail
How payments have impacted the growth of forecourt retail

Advancements made within the card payment technology space have allowed for more seamless card transactions, which in turn has driven the successful expansion of the forecourt retail sector...

By Hymie Marnewick 29 Mar 2019

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Customer experience will make or break traditional banks

This is a watershed year for the banking sector as traditional banks face intense competition and disruption from new entrants such as Discovery Bank, Bank Zero and TymeBank...

27 Mar 2019

#ECO19: Is your mobile commerce strategy excluding the mass market?
#ECO19: Is your mobile commerce strategy excluding the mass market?

When you design for mobile, consider who you're building for. For the small percentage with beautiful, high-end phones, or for 61% of the market?

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Mar 2019

#SeamlessSA: Strategic partnerships key to seamless payment ecosystem
#SeamlessSA: Strategic partnerships key to seamless payment ecosystem

Strategic partnerships between payment services are crucial in ensuring that the payment ecosystem is seamless...

By Maroefah Smith 15 Mar 2019

8 trends driving innovation in sub-Saharan Africa
8 trends driving innovation in sub-Saharan Africa

Across all consumer industries, innovation in sub-Saharan Africa is seeing new products and services offered to address challenges the continent faces...

12 Mar 2019

Mindset matters more than income when it comes to consumer prosperity - Nielsen
Mindset matters more than income when it comes to consumer prosperity - Nielsen

When it comes to feeling prosperous, mindset matters more than income, according to the results of Nielsen's new 2019 Changing Consumer Prosperity Report...

11 Mar 2019

Kobus du Plooy, CEO of Celbux
Mobile wallets still have a way to go

Mobile wallets just haven't lived up to expectations...

6 Mar 2019

Extra Smart Shopper rewards for TymeBank users
Extra Smart Shopper rewards for TymeBank users

In conjunction with the official launch of TymeBank today, Pick n Pay has announced that Smart Shopper customers with TymeBank accounts will be able to earn extra points - including rewards outside of Pick n Pay...

26 Feb 2019

Mastercard: South Africans buy into Valentine's Day experiences
Mastercard: South Africans buy into Valentine's Day experiences

For Valentine's Day, South Africans spend more on romantic experiences like travel and dining out rather than traditional gifts. This is according to the latest Mastercard Love Index...

14 Feb 2019

Mike Brown, Nedbank CEO and Vuyani Jarana, CEO: SAA
Nedbank, SAA expand Voyager Mile programme to cheque cards

Nedbank customers can now earn South African Airways (SAA) with every swipe of their cheque card...

14 Feb 2019

Scaling e-commerce in Africa
Scaling e-commerce in Africa

At present, e-business in Africa remains a challenge. It may be better than it ever has been, but the truth is that lower literacy and internet penetration levels continue to limit the growth on the continent...

By Dean McCoubrey 13 Feb 2019

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Listen up! Why Mastercard is becoming a sonic brand

Get ready to recognise the Mastercard brand not only with your eyes but also your ears. That's right, the latest phase of its brand evolution involves sonic melody that's set to form part of your Mastercard brand experience in the future...

By Leigh Andrews 8 Feb 2019

Transactional sector is about to be transformed
Transactional sector is about to be transformed

This year will be a big one for the next-generation transactional sector, with disruption increasingly coming to market and long-standing challenges being overcome...

7 Feb 2019

#FairnessFirst: Will the shift towards a cashless society finally decrease inequality?
#FairnessFirst: Will the shift towards a cashless society finally decrease inequality?

We're closer to functioning as a global cashless society than ever before, yet an Oxfam report warns that equality between the haves and have-nots is higher than ever before. Read on for the impact on females and the unbanked in particular...

By Leigh Andrews 28 Jan 2019

FNB enables QR code payments on its banking app
FNB enables QR code payments on its banking app

FNB has introduced QR code payments for consumers and sole proprietor businesses via the FNB Banking App...

23 Jan 2019

Mark Schech, Innervation.
#BizTrends2019: Payments, engagement, partnership - African retail trends for 2019

With two key retail periods - Black Friday and festive season - now behind us, retailers are looking for new ways to increase revenue, grow market share, and boost profits...

By Mark Schech 22 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: The digitalisation of payment providers in 2019
#BizTrends2019: The digitalisation of payment providers in 2019

Corrie Bakker, head of strategy and business development for Africa at PayU talks about what we can expect in the payment provider front in 2019...

By Evan-Lee Courie 21 Jan 2019

Evolving from banking to bAInking
Evolving from banking to bAInking

Banks are turning to the likes of automation, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) to respond to customers' demand for an always-on, immediately responsive customer experience...

By Vishal Barapatre 9 Jan 2019

Virgin Money enables merchant payments on money transfer app
Virgin Money enables merchant payments on money transfer app

Virgin Money customers can now use its digital peer-to-peer (P2P) payment app, Virgin Money Spot, to pay for goods and services from a growing list of South African retailers...

8 Jan 2019

Uptick in consumer spending ahead of festive season
Uptick in consumer spending ahead of festive season

Consumers are ringing in the holiday season with a solid start to retail sales, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which looks at overall retail spending trends across all payment types...

18 Dec 2018

Zimbabweans stock up in SA to beat inflation at home
Zimbabweans stock up in SA to beat inflation at home

As Christmas approaches, Zimbabweans in South Africa are preparing to send groceries to families battling inflation at home...

By Bernard Chiguvare 18 Dec 2018

#BestofBiz 2018: Retail
#BestofBiz 2018: Retail

Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Retail site over the past year below...

18 Dec 2018

Will the 2018 festive season deliver for SA retail?
Will the 2018 festive season deliver for SA retail?

Retailers, brands and shopping centres across South Africa are gearing up to make the most of 2018's festive season...

12 Dec 2018

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