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Leo van de Polder on expanding the Shop network in South Africa
Leo van de Polder on expanding the Shop network in South Africa

With a presence in more than 20 countries, the Shop Association's purpose is to empower its members with ongoing education, networking opportunities and real-world insights...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 days ago

Digital investment, transformation vital for a profitable future in retail
Digital investment, transformation vital for a profitable future in retail

As consumer expectations heighten and e-commerce sales continue to rise, businesses too slow to adapt to a digital world have a tough road ahead...

3 days ago

Euromonitor's top 10 global consumer trends for 2019
Euromonitor's top 10 global consumer trends for 2019

Euromonitor International has released its annual list of top emerging trends that provide insights into consumers' changing values and explores how their behaviour is disrupting business...

15 Jan 2019

Elevated sensorial experiences drive shoppers back to stores
Elevated sensorial experiences drive shoppers back to stores

According to a new global report by in-store media company Mood Media, sensory experiences drive 9 out of 10 shoppers back to stores...

15 Jan 2019

#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

Reclaiming retail relevance with IoT
Reclaiming retail relevance with IoT

Retail buzzwords like 'personalisation' and 'omnichannel' are no longer just concepts and strategies that companies are working toward. Today, more retailers are actively deploying new technologies...

By Nathan Clevenger 14 Jan 2019

Organic, free-range, fairtrade or vegan: how ethical consumption got so selective
Organic, free-range, fairtrade or vegan: how ethical consumption got so selective

Are you an organic shopper? Into fairtrade? A greenhouse gas warrior? All about free-range and animal welfare?

By Michal Carrington 8 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: From mobile e-commerce to AI - the top 5 trends driving SA consumers in 2019
#BizTrends2019: From mobile e-commerce to AI - the top 5 trends driving SA consumers in 2019

In all our years of watching and researching consumer trends, this is the first time that the evidence we are gathering points to an overwhelming digital influence...

By Gareth Pearson 7 Jan 2019

Yes, retailers exploit Christmas, but their decorations still evoke religious spirit
Yes, retailers exploit Christmas, but their decorations still evoke religious spirit

Christmas trees in the aisles. Baubles hanging from the ceiling. Carols playing on the in-store speakers. Tinsel around the cash register...

By Joshua Newton 3 Jan 2019

Top 10 food and bev trends for 2019
Top 10 food and bev trends for 2019

Innova Market Insights from Arnhem in the Netherlands, said targeting increasingly adventurous consumers set on new discoveries and experiences, will be key to developments in the food and beverage industry in 2019...

3 Jan 2019

How to avoid overspending: uncover the psychology behind why people buy
How to avoid overspending: uncover the psychology behind why people buy

Between 40% and 80% of purchases are impulse buys. Marketers often get blamed for this, but while marketing tactics may be cynical, manipulative, and even deceptive, shoppers are generally wise to their ways.

31 Dec 2018

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Côte d'Ivoire's economy booms after opening of shopping mall

Côte d'Ivoire's most extensive shopping and leisure centre sees record footfall in opening weeks...

24 Dec 2018

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Unmeltable chocolate and bean-to-bar: A cocoa expert highlights 3 sweet trends

'Tis the season to eat chocolate. And for the chocolate industry, there's nothing sweeter, since this is the time of year when it enjoys a spike in sales and, at least for some, rising profits...

By Kristy Leissle 21 Dec 2018

Environmental concerns drive sales of reusable water bottles
Environmental concerns drive sales of reusable water bottles

The market for reusable water bottles is expected to grow 3.1% year-on-year over 2017 to exceed $8,347 million by the end of 2018...

19 Dec 2018

Nicola Cooper, senior trend analyst and cultural strategist at Nicola Cooper & Associates.
#BizTrends2019: South African business, meet your future consumer

With the majority of South African consumers being under the age of 21, we cannot look to Gen Z or those younger as our 'future' consumer. Gen Z is already entering varsity and/or the work environment, which means our 'future' consumers are even younger...

By Nicola Cooper 18 Dec 2018

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

#BestofBiz 2018: Retail
#BestofBiz 2018: Retail

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

18 Dec 2018

Why is this line so long?
Why is this line so long?

Warning: After reading this article, you will never again stand in a line without thinking about how to make your wait time shorter...

By Joost Vles 14 Dec 2018

Smartphone sales growth stalls while panel TVs soar during Black Friday week 2018 - GfK data
Smartphone sales growth stalls while panel TVs soar during Black Friday week 2018 - GfK data

Panel television sales soared in South Africa during Black Friday week, climbing by 66% to just over 93,000 units when compared to the same week in 2017...

Issued by GfK South Africa 13 Dec 2018

Will festive retail sales echo disappointment of Black Friday?
Will festive retail sales echo disappointment of Black Friday?

While more South Africans participated in the Black Friday shopping event in 2018 compared to the preceding year, the average spend dropped...

By Lullu Krugel, Christie Viljoen, Maura Feddersen an 13 Dec 2018

October retail trade sales up 2,2% y/y
October retail trade sales up 2,2% y/y

Retail trade sales increased by 2,2% year-on-year in October 2018, after a contraction of 0.7% in September, according to Statistics South Africa...

13 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

Stellenbosch University student develops first gut probiotic for broiler chickens
Stellenbosch University student develops first gut probiotic for broiler chickens

A PhD student in microbiology at Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Science has successfully developed and patented a probiotic for broiler chickens. This based on microbiota from the guts of free-range chickens.

12 Dec 2018

Better connected staff could improve in-store customer experience
Better connected staff could improve in-store customer experience

Two-thirds (66%) of retail store associates surveyed by Zebra Technologies Corporation believe that if they are equipped with tablets, they could provide better customer service and improve the shopping experience...

11 Dec 2018

Global food commodity prices drop in November
Global food commodity prices drop in November

The Food and Agriculture Organisation's Food Price Index, an indicator of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities, is now at its lowest level since May 2016...

7 Dec 2018

No presents, please: how gift cards initiate children into the world of 'credit'
No presents, please: how gift cards initiate children into the world of 'credit'

Faced with a glut of children's toys at home, more and more parents are presenting gift cards in lieu of presents...

By Louise Grimmer and Martin Grimmer 5 Dec 2018

Private Label surges ahead with R49.3bn in annual sales
Private Label surges ahead with R49.3bn in annual sales

The latest research from global measurement and data analytics expert Nielsen reveals that sales of Private Label products in South Africa now equate to R49.3bn annually...

Issued by Nielsen 5 Dec 2018

Single R6m transaction recorded on Black Friday 2018
Single R6m transaction recorded on Black Friday 2018

Online sales over the extended Black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend exceeded figures for 2017. This is according to BankservAfrica, which processed a total of 581,189 online transactions...

3 Dec 2018

Deflated in-store spending over Black Friday weekend: Vend
Deflated in-store spending over Black Friday weekend: Vend

In-store retail spending over the Black Friday shopping period this year dropped by 10% compared to 2017, while sales volumes decreased by 2%...

28 Nov 2018

Black Friday momentum a boon to retail SMEs
Black Friday momentum a boon to retail SMEs

While it's tempting to relegate Black Friday as just another marketing gimmick, the reality is that it signifies the start of a month-long consumer spending frenzy that significantly boosts retail revenues...

27 Nov 2018

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