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Carrefour optimises supply chain using AI
Carrefour optimises supply chain using AI

French retail giant Carrefour is using artificial intelligence to optimise its inventory management and reduce waste by integrating software developed by advanced analytics company SAS into its supply chain...

1 day ago

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 2 days ago

#BizTrends2019: Selling to the other 98% - the move to physical retail
#BizTrends2019: Selling to the other 98% - the move to physical retail

We believed that e-commerce was such an obviously better way of shopping. We were wrong...

By Andrew Smith 3 days ago

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...

3 days ago

#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

#BizTrends2019: Don't miss out on Google Shopping power because of poor feeds
#BizTrends2019: Don't miss out on Google Shopping power because of poor feeds

Google Shopping and Facebook Dynamic Product Ads are a powerful way for retailers to reach new customers and drive sales...

By Andrew Smit 14 Jan 2019

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Woolworths, Ubuntu Baba saga contains digital lessons for brands of all sizes

South African social media has been in an uproar following allegations that Woolworths had stolen the design of a baby carrier made by a local entrepreneur. This a typical David vs Goliath story. While that may be true, the saga contains digital lessons for brands of all sizes...

By Vumani Ncube 10 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: 4 niche e-commerce stores driving innovation in online shopping
#BizTrends2019: 4 niche e-commerce stores driving innovation in online shopping

Service is the new selling. This dedication towards offering tailored service is what differentiates mass from niche online retailers. We're no longer selling things, but the experience of buying them...

By Graham van der Merwe 10 Jan 2019

Woolworths apologises for copycat Ubuntu Baba carrier
Woolworths apologises for copycat Ubuntu Baba carrier

Woolworths has removed a line of baby carriers from its shelves following a meeting with Cape Town entrepreneur Shannon McLaughlin, who claimed the retailer had copied the design of her Ubuntu Baba carrier...

9 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: 5 trends stirring the liquor business
#BizTrends2019: 5 trends stirring the liquor business

There has been a seismic shift in consumer behaviour over the past few decades, and we're seeing it in the world of drinks too...

By Rowan Leibbrandt 9 Jan 2019

Woolworths accused of copying baby carrier design
Woolworths accused of copying baby carrier design

Woolworths has once again been accused of plagiarising the product design of a smaller business. This time, the item in question is a Woolworths baby carrier, which entrepreneur Shannon McLaughlin claims is a copy...

9 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: 4 key trends that will continue to shape convenience retail in 2019
#BizTrends2019: 4 key trends that will continue to shape convenience retail in 2019

As convenience retail continues to grow as an industry sector, retailers must remain focused on the most significant trends that will see their businesses flourish...

By Joe Boyle 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

#BizTrends2019: Will South African e-commerce take the step up in 2019?
#BizTrends2019: Will South African e-commerce take the step up in 2019?

We've been sitting on the cusp of a huge wave of growth in online retail for many years now. The deluge of new customers has still not arrived, but consistent organic growth has been relatively good...

By Kevin Tucker 7 Jan 2019

Edgars campaign celebrates self-expression and creative collaboration
Edgars campaign celebrates self-expression and creative collaboration

As part of Edgars' refreshed branding strategy, the department store chain is collaborating more with South African creatives. The recently released Sho Madjozi Collection is one of the fruits of the approach...

4 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

Considered curation at online lifestyle store Jimnojean
Considered curation at online lifestyle store Jimnojean

Jimnojean is a new online retail destination founded by Keagan Carlin, focused on offering shoppers a curated selection of decor, art, beauty and lifestyle products...

20 Dec 2018

Turkish fashion retailer LC Waikiki eyes growth in South Africa
Turkish fashion retailer LC Waikiki eyes growth in South Africa

Turkish-based global fashion chain LC Waikiki has just opened its third South African store. The new branch, located at Tyger Valley Shopping Centre, follows store openings in Menlyn Park and Sandton City...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 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

#BestofBiz 2018: Retail
#BestofBiz 2018: Retail

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

18 Dec 2018

RunwaySale's runaway success
RunwaySale's runaway success

RunwaySale was born from a love of affordable designer brands. The two dynamos behind this business combined their international experience to give South Africans access to premium brands...

By Eugene Yiga 13 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 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

Armitage Outfitters: KZN's new one-stop-shop for men's grooming and apparel
Armitage Outfitters: KZN's new one-stop-shop for men's grooming and apparel

After working in the retail trade for 23 years, Neville Armitage has realised his dream of opening his own store...

11 Dec 2018

Shoprite Group honours its top suppliers
Shoprite Group honours its top suppliers

The Shoprite Group's annual Supplier of the Year Awards recognises the company's top suppliers and the valuable contribution they make to the success of the Shoprite Group...

10 Dec 2018

5 retail trend predictions for 2019
5 retail trend predictions for 2019

With this year coming to a close, what must retailers do to prosper in 2019?

7 Dec 2018

Repurposed plastic shines in Xmas window display
Repurposed plastic shines in Xmas window display

Large flower artworks made from recycled plastic waste are the focal point of Woolworths' Christmas window displays in the retailer's top 15 stores...

7 Dec 2018

Load shedding threatens festive retail profit
Load shedding threatens festive retail profit

The cost of load shedding to the South African economy is becoming apparent as whole shopping malls close for hours at a time at the height of the December shopping season...

7 Dec 2018

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