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Retail marketing and point of purchase trends for 2019
Retail marketing and point of purchase trends for 2019

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.'s company thought leaders are peeking into their crystal balls to predict what the coming 365 days have in store for the retail and point-of-purchase industries...

By Leo Van De Polder 28 Feb 2019

Keeping on trend in digital retail
Keeping on trend in digital retail

As we approach the third month of 2019, some interesting trends are being predicted and already seen, in the retail and online market segment. Considering that December was a tough one for SA retailers...

27 Feb 2019

The staying power of 'click and collect'
The staying power of 'click and collect'

If you want to engage customers and drive foot traffic in your store, then an e-commerce presence is essential. It might sound counter-intuitive, but in this modern shopping environment, online and in-store work together...

27 Feb 2019

3 technology titans reshaping retail
3 technology titans reshaping retail

To say that Amazon has shaken up US retailing is almost a cliché at this point. Looking globally, we see powerful tremors from seismic shifts in retailing driven by Alibaba in China and MercadoLibre in South America...

By Stephen Dover, Dan Searle, Katherine Owen, Mary Ki 26 Feb 2019

The diversification of retail in Kenya
The diversification of retail in Kenya

Kenya's retail sector is diversifying with the entry of new players and international brands into the market. This is despite the retail sector growing at a "lethargic rate"...

22 Feb 2019

Boost sales with omnichannel retail in 3 simple steps
Boost sales with omnichannel retail in 3 simple steps

It's no secret that local retailers are having a torrid time. The economy remains in the doldrums with investors and consumers spooked by debilitating load shedding, ongoing job cuts...

By Gareth Hawkey 22 Feb 2019

Why data analytics can give retailers the edge
Why data analytics can give retailers the edge

With the buzz from Black Friday and the festive season now in the rear-view mirror, retailers are looking ahead to ensure the continuation of 'traffic' into malls, high streets, pop-up stores, websites, apps and other channels...

By Simon Shaw 19 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

Festival-goers can now shop and ship to Amazon lockers at Coachella
Festival-goers can now shop and ship to Amazon lockers at Coachella

Visitors to the USA's popular Coachella festival in April will now be able to shop festival essentials from Amazon to be delivered to an Amazon locker located inside the event...

14 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

SA retail sales slump in December
SA retail sales slump in December

Retail sales declined 1,4% year-on-year in December 2018, with five of the seven types of retailer reporting negative growth rates during the period, according to the latest figures from Stats SA...

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

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

Woolworths pulls "gender stereotyping" Valentine's Day campaign
Woolworths pulls "gender stereotyping" Valentine's Day campaign

#NEWSWATCH: Woolworths has pulled its in-store #LoveAlwaysWins Valentine's Day campaign following social media outrage, this just a few weeks after the retailer's Ubuntu Baba scandal...

5 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

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

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

#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

#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

Shift surplus stock in 5 smart steps
Shift surplus stock in 5 smart steps

Having excess stock can take up back-room or shelf space, tie up capital and prevent you from investing back into your business...

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

#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: 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

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

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

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