Zando's coming of age
Zando's coming of age

Zando launched in 2012 as an online shoe retailer when e-commerce in SA was very much in its infancy. Fast-forward to 2019, the business has transformed into an ever-expanding fashion marketplace...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 15 Feb 2019

How an efficient warehouse operation could save you a sale
How an efficient warehouse operation could save you a sale

One of the biggest frustrations instore shoppers face is not being able to find products they're looking for - whether they are sold out, hard to find or simply not practical to keep in stock...

By Mark Thomson 15 Feb 2019

5 businesses you'd be smart to start in 2019
5 businesses you'd be smart to start in 2019

These are the business opportunities set to grow exponentially in 2019, according to SA investor Manuel Koser...

12 Feb 2019

10 ways to win over customers' hearts this Valentine's Day
10 ways to win over customers' hearts this Valentine's Day

Happy (almost) Valentine's Day, retailers! Since the day of hearts is upon us, we thought it's high time to remind merchants about the things they can do to spread the love...

By Higor Torchia 12 Feb 2019

4 CRM marketing trends to ignite 2019
4 CRM marketing trends to ignite 2019

Never has the emphasis on customer centricity been more rampant than it is in the era of the connected customer who, thanks to technology, has become more powerful and vocal than ever before, marking only the beginning of an era where failure to listen equals a rapid demise of your brand...

By Sugeshni Subroyen 12 Feb 2019

The coming shopping centre ecosystem apocalypse
The coming shopping centre ecosystem apocalypse

The shopping centre ecosystem is facing an apocalypse. Why? Because shops are middlemen and the internet is killing middlemen...

By Alan Knott-Craig 11 Feb 2019

6 ways to win with CX
6 ways to win with CX

Branding and selling is about knowing what and how technology can assist in the CX experience but it's also about ensuring that there's a human and emotional connection with the consumer every step of the way...

By Eben Esterhuizen 8 Feb 2019

The brands leading, challenging and exploring in 2019
The brands leading, challenging and exploring in 2019

Coca-Cola dividing their products into three categories - leaders, challengers and explorers - is a good way of defining the future of any brand...

By Jainita Khatri 5 Feb 2019

Rethinking the relevance of big data
Rethinking the relevance of big data

With consumers manipulating the way they come across on social media as well as online channels, marketing campaigns using data to reach them can go awry and mess with your CX strategy...

By Wynand Smit 1 Feb 2019

3 business non-negotiables for 2019
3 business non-negotiables for 2019

Value in the form of quality interactions and ethics are the biggest priority for consumers in 2019, and this will shape how companies design solutions, deliver services and communicate...

By Leigh Whiting 31 Jan 2019

Keeping physical retail alive, and growing
Keeping physical retail alive, and growing

Is the bricks and mortar ship really going down? Not for those that innovate and adapt, says Vend's Higor Torchia...

By Higor Torchia 30 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Shop defines 6 trends shaping the future of retail
#BizTrends2019: Shop defines 6 trends shaping the future of retail

Technology and changing customer demographics have set a new stage for retail. Success today is defined by the ability to keep up, or get out in front of, trends that are driving consumer purchases...

By Leo Van De Polder 30 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: 2019, a definitive year in FMCG
#BizTrends2019: 2019, a definitive year in FMCG

IRI's Marylee Townshend predicts 7 trends that will influence the future of FMCG...

By Marylee Townshend 29 Jan 2019

Brick-bait: 3 tricks up retailers' sleeves to lure you back to physical shops
Brick-bait: 3 tricks up retailers' sleeves to lure you back to physical shops

Bricks-and-mortar retail stores are under intense pressure from online competition. Feeling the most heat are clothes shops and department stores...

By Eloise Zoppos 28 Jan 2019

Eben Esterhuizen, general manager, OnShelf Pharma.
#BizTrends2019: Five customer engagement technology trends we can't ignore

With a sobering 0% growth reported in May 2018 by Nielsen for the global Top 20 manufacturers and a 2.4% growth for the Top 200 manufacturers within the last year, retailers need to know what the top tech customer engagement trends are and incorporate them where possible into their 360' touch point marketing strategy...

By Eben Esterhuizen 28 Jan 2019

Consumerism in crisis as millennials stay away from shops
Consumerism in crisis as millennials stay away from shops

Christmas may seem like a distant memory, but retailers won't forget it in a hurry: it was the worst on the UK high street since 2008...

By Brendan Canavan 25 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Single-use plastic, circular economy, ethical supply chains and climate action to drive retail in 2019
#BizTrends2019: Single-use plastic, circular economy, ethical supply chains and climate action to drive retail in 2019

More than ever before, in 2018 we saw sustainability playing a major role in shaping trends in the retail sector...

By Feroz Koor 25 Jan 2019

Bradley Elliott, founder, Platinum Seed.
#BizTrends2019: Customer centricity - The only trend that matters in 2019 and beyond

Customer centricity will be the raison d'ĂȘtre for digital leaders who authentically embrace this strategy. And those visionaries who fully embrace this strategy will leap ahead of the pack...

By Bradley Elliott 24 Jan 2019

The power to know: How data science is transforming retail
The power to know: How data science is transforming retail

The trick is turning data into information that retailers can use to improve performance...

By Marko Salic 23 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: If 'toxic' was the word of 2018, could 'trust' be the word for 2019?
#BizTrends2019: If 'toxic' was the word of 2018, could 'trust' be the word for 2019?

The Oxford Dictionaries chose 'toxic' as its annual "Word of the Year". For 2019, the winning brands will be those that work to restore consumers' trust in a toxic environment...

By Rachel Thompson 23 Jan 2019

Chantel Botha, head of customer experience strategy and consulting at BrandLove.
#BizTrends2019: The brand promise chasm is widening for consumers

At the end of every year I take out my crystal ball, dust it off and think about the future...

By Chantel Botha 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: 5 trends shaping the fresh produce sector
#BizTrends2019: 5 trends shaping the fresh produce sector

The fresh produce industry's characteristics can easily be defined by those of its products - quick turnaround and short shelve life. It is definitely not an easy game...

By Lindie Stroebel 21 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: The future of the South African in-store retail experience
#BizTrends2019: The future of the South African in-store retail experience

Even though online shopping is getting significant attention in the digital world, South African consumers still rely on in-store purchases for their shopping experience...

By Cecil Ungerer 18 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Shopping the future, right now
#BizTrends2019: Shopping the future, right now

Technology is the single most important investment that retailers need to make, in order to ensure that their fashion stores stay relevant...

By Robyn Cooke 17 Jan 2019

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 16 Jan 2019

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...

16 Jan 2019

#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 16 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

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