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...

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#BizTrends2019: Social marketing, and true word (of mouth) power

When Marian Salzman, one of the world's top trendspotters, invited me to discuss all things social marketing trend-related over coffee at the end of 2018, I jumped at the chance. This is the first of three overviews of our talking points...

By Leigh Andrews 1 day 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 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

#BizTrends2019: Africa's new creative direction
#BizTrends2019: Africa's new creative direction

It is an exciting time for African creativity. A lot of fresh, new thinking is being injected into the sector, bringing with it strong, contemporary ideas that look to the future while honouring the continent's traditional past...

By Gary Harwood 10 Jan 2019

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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

Take care when hitching customers' emotions to your brandwagon
Take care when hitching customers' emotions to your brandwagon

If a customer ties an emotion to your brand, they're much more loyal and less likely to switch due to functional factors like price increases or shifts in the market...

By Estelle Nagel 21 Dec 2018

Pernod Ricard bets on Africa with Jumia investment
Pernod Ricard bets on Africa with Jumia investment

Pernod Ricard, the owner of Beefeater gin, Absolut vodka and Jameson whiskey, is strengthening its partnership with African e-commerce player Jumia by buying an unspecified stake...

19 Dec 2018

Pizza Hut opens in Nigeria
Pizza Hut opens in Nigeria

Pizza Hut has continued its expansion across the African continent by opening its first restaurant in Nigeria, with two more expected by the end of the year...

18 Dec 2018

#AEC2018: Accelerating AfCFTA to create growth for Africa
#AEC2018: Accelerating AfCFTA to create growth for Africa

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) aims to create a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments...

7 Dec 2018

Coca-Cola pledges $38m towards recycling initiatives in Africa
Coca-Cola pledges $38m towards recycling initiatives in Africa

Coca-Cola Africa has committed to investing $38million over three years to stimulate recycling industries across Southern and Eastern Africa, and also announced its new PET bottle...

6 Dec 2018

#AEC2018: Africa's integration is no longer a choice
#AEC2018: Africa's integration is no longer a choice

African countries must leverage their strengths to accelerate drive towards integration...

5 Dec 2018

New CEO for Coca-Cola Beverages Africa
New CEO for Coca-Cola Beverages Africa

Jacques Vermeulen has been appointed group CEO of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), effective from 1 December 2018...

3 Dec 2018

New doll Hunadi speaks English, Sesotho, isiXhosa and isiZulu
New doll Hunadi speaks English, Sesotho, isiXhosa and isiZulu

South African company Afro Girl has just released the multilingual Hunadi doll, which speaks speaks in 4 of South Africa's 11 official languages...

29 Nov 2018

Visa and Vivo Energy partner to enhance digital payments
Visa and Vivo Energy partner to enhance digital payments

Visa and Vivo Energy have announced a pan-African agreement to provide digital payment services to consumers across 15 African countries, where both companies operate...

28 Nov 2018

Orange, MTN launch pan-African mobile money
Orange, MTN launch pan-African mobile money

Orange Group and MTN Group have announced a joint venture, Mowali, to facilitate mobile payments across Africa...

27 Nov 2018

Carrefour teams up with Jumia to sell groceries online in Africa
Carrefour teams up with Jumia to sell groceries online in Africa

African e-commerce player Jumia has signed a partnership agreement with global retailer Carrefour to introduce Carrefour products to millions on the continent via Jumia.com...

27 Nov 2018

#EntrepreneurMonth: Meet SA's pioneer of biodegradable food packaging
#EntrepreneurMonth: Meet SA's pioneer of biodegradable food packaging

Packaging that lasts as long as it's needed, not longer...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Nov 2018

Africa's first AR experience on Facebook Messenger
Africa's first AR experience on Facebook Messenger

Pan-African payments company, Celulant, has built the first augmented reality powered try-on experiences in Facebook Messenger...

20 Nov 2018

Mobile app launched to connect to African fashion designers
Mobile app launched to connect to African fashion designers

Lesela, meaning cloth or fabric in Sesotho and Swahili, is a new mobile app that provides access to African fashion designers...

19 Nov 2018

#AfricaCom2018: How to leapfrog when improving customer experience
#AfricaCom2018: How to leapfrog when improving customer experience

On the second day of AfricaCom 2018, Indranil Das, VP and head of Ericsson digital services for EMEA explained the importance of asking if the customer experience exceeds the customer expectation...

By Leigh Andrews 14 Nov 2018

Jumia welcomes framework for e-commerce regulation in Nigeria
Jumia welcomes framework for e-commerce regulation in Nigeria

Juliet Anammah, CEO of Jumia Nigeria, has described the recent tripartite motion to develop a framework to regulate the activities of e-commerce platforms in Nigeria as a round peg in a round hole...

14 Nov 2018

Customer expectations outpace brand experiences
Customer expectations outpace brand experiences

Acceleration of digitisation raises the bar for companies to innovate - or be left behind...

By Hans Zachar 12 Nov 2018

#ShopperInsights2019: I love you, but...
#ShopperInsights2019: I love you, but...

Despite retailers widening their repertoire, baskets are shrinking as tough times for shoppers dictate more planning and less impulse shopping...

By Danette Breitenbach 8 Nov 2018

#GoogleRetail: No room for silos in omnichannel retail
#GoogleRetail: No room for silos in omnichannel retail

We're in living in an omnichannel world. We use a number of different paths to get to the products, info and services that we want. Search has become intuitive...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 6 Nov 2018

What Nestlé's attempt to trademark the shape of a KitKat teaches us about design
What Nestlé's attempt to trademark the shape of a KitKat teaches us about design

For many people there is something irresistible about chocolate. But in the hungry rush to make it part of our bodies there is a missed opportunity to meditate on different gestural experiences...

By Tom Lee and Stefan Lie 2 Nov 2018

SANParks buys Foxbat light aircraft to combat rhino poaching in KNP
SANParks buys Foxbat light aircraft to combat rhino poaching in KNP

A whopping R2,940,000 was raised over the past year for the MyPlanet Rhino Fund thanks to 34,000 supporters...

2 Nov 2018

Using innovation to improve livelihoods in Africa
Using innovation to improve livelihoods in Africa

There is an accelerating pace of change as Africa begins to reshape its economic destiny - Coca Cola explains its innovation strategy on the continent...

By Jacques Vermeulen 25 Oct 2018

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