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How NetFlorist pivoted to essential goods in 36 hours
How NetFlorist pivoted to essential goods in 36 hours

Ryan Bacher, co-founder and MD of NetFlorist, says he's never worked harder than he has during the last two months...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 day ago

#LockdownLessons: Offer customers value for money, says The Crazy Store's Kevin Lennett
#LockdownLessons: Offer customers value for money, says The Crazy Store's Kevin Lennett

The Crazy Store MD shares how the in-store environment has had to change to prioritise health and hygiene, and why offering customers value for their money is more important than ever...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Puma SA's Luke Barrett-Smith on the new retail reality
#LockdownLessons: Puma SA's Luke Barrett-Smith on the new retail reality

Puma SA's MD shares how the company is adapting to do business during the pandemic, and how Covid-19 will impact retail...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 14 May 2020

Covid-19: Short-term pessimism, long-term optimism
Covid-19: Short-term pessimism, long-term optimism

This too shall pass. And once it has, we will need small-, micro- and medium-sized enterprises more than ever to boost our flailing economy, drive innovation and create jobs...

By Rowan Leibbrandt 4 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Collaborate and communicate, says Apollo Brands' Gareth Kemp
#LockdownLessons: Collaborate and communicate, says Apollo Brands' Gareth Kemp

As managing director of Apollo Brands, the official distributor of Under Armour in South Africa, Gareth Kemp is responsible for keeping the company's wheels turning...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 30 Apr 2020

Prepare for 'contactless deliveries' in South Africa during the Covid-19 pandemic
Prepare for 'contactless deliveries' in South Africa during the Covid-19 pandemic

Couriers will now also practice the art of "social distancing" from this week as online retailers do their bit to mitigate the spread of Covid-19...

By Andy Walker 20 Mar 2020

#EntrepreneurMonth: Changemakers working towards a sustainable, inclusive food system
#EntrepreneurMonth: Changemakers working towards a sustainable, inclusive food system

A group of social entrepreneurs just emerged from the first Oribi Village Food System Incubation Programme...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 Nov 2019

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Warehousing: A foundation for economic growth

Warehouses tend to be one of the most ignored elements of infrastructure and logistics, but are a fundamental part of the supply chain...

By Geoffrey White 1 Nov 2019

Data technology driving agility in retail
Data technology driving agility in retail

Competition amongst suppliers and retailers are at an all-time high, and today's consumer is much less predictable than in the past...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 15 Oct 2019

A walk through the warehouse of a thriving fashion e-tailer
A walk through the warehouse of a thriving fashion e-tailer

When you think about South Africa's most successful online fashion retailers, it may not immediately occur to you that RunwaySale is one of them. The platform boasts over 1 million members...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 4 Oct 2019

#FoodNextAfrica: How to whet the appetite of food investors
#FoodNextAfrica: How to whet the appetite of food investors

The global food and beverage business is brimming with innovation. Competition is stiff between FMCG giants and startups racing to get their latest product onto retail shelves and into the hands of consumers...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 30 Sep 2019

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#FoodNextAfrica: Blockchain will simplify and transform supply chain traceability

According to the WWF, a bid to improve the traceability of supply chains around the world is top of mind with a major focus on transparency - but how is technology disruption promoting business growth?

By Robin Fredericks 25 Sep 2019

The core of food safety is centralised bakery facilities
The core of food safety is centralised bakery facilities

There is generally little outside recognition for a well thought out and perfectly executed plan of food safety until there is the smallest gap in the journey from farm to fork...

By Alan Hockey 8 Aug 2019

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#IABSummit19: 7 insights into the direct brand economy

In her opening address at the IAB Summit, which took place on Thursday, 30 May at the Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein, IAB CEO Paula Hulley shared seven key insights from the IAB Global Direct Brand Report on the direct brand economy...

By Jessica Tennant 5 Jun 2019

Q&A: Marko Salic on digitally transforming retail and supply chain solutions
Q&A: Marko Salic on digitally transforming retail and supply chain solutions

Argility is a South African enterprise software development and services company focussing on using industry 4.0 technologies in the retail and supply chain arena...

By Evan-Lee Courie 3 May 2019

Small e-commerce companies ideally positioned to weather the slowdown
Small e-commerce companies ideally positioned to weather the slowdown

As South Africa continues its longest downward cycle in many decades, local business owners are actively looking for ways to shore up...

By Brendon Williamson 25 Apr 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

#StartupStory: Tech startup sets its sights on disrupting the local logistics sector
#StartupStory: Tech startup sets its sights on disrupting the local logistics sector

Arlax is a centralised B2B logistics marketplace with the aim to bridge the gap between suppliers and transporters...

By Evan-Lee Courie 21 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

Why blockchain needs to be part of your supply chain strategy
Why blockchain needs to be part of your supply chain strategy

One technology with enormous promise is blockchain. Surprised? Don't be - there's much more to blockchain than the world of cryptocurrency and finance...

By Jim Holland 9 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Traceability at item level across entire supply chains
#BizTrends2019: Traceability at item level across entire supply chains

A recent development has been implemented as a value chain solution stretching across five consecutive roles in the cotton and cotton products value chain, aiming to still link up the remaining three to four roles to complete the journey from cotton farmers to consumers of cotton-based garments and fashion...

By Dr Hennie Ras 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: 5 Trends you cannot ignore in the 2019 supply chain world
#BizTrends2019: 5 Trends you cannot ignore in the 2019 supply chain world

When people reflect upon 2018, most will reference the volatile markets, but for Nando's, it's been exciting to unlock further value for our customers...

By Linda Reddy 7 Jan 2019

#EntrepreneurMonth: Truman & Orange dares to disrupt the drinks business
#EntrepreneurMonth: Truman & Orange dares to disrupt the drinks business

Rowan Leibbrandt, founder of premium drinks company Truman & Orange, travels the world in search of high quality, interesting boutique liquor brands to introduce to the local market...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 28 Nov 2018

#ATFexpo2018: Buy less, spend more - the case for luxury fashion
#ATFexpo2018: Buy less, spend more - the case for luxury fashion

With a quick-throwaway culture defining the fast fashion era, investing in quality, handcrafted goods that are designed to last is one way consumers can shop more sustainably...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 27 Nov 2018

#FoodNextAfrica: How to ensure sustainable growth of plant-based foods
#FoodNextAfrica: How to ensure sustainable growth of plant-based foods

With the population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, the search has intensified for alternative protein sources to not only feed us all, but to do so sustainably by minimising the environmental impact...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 Nov 2018

5 ways to build a better supply chain
5 ways to build a better supply chain

In South Africa, optimising the supply chain is essential for company performance...

By Kerry Hope 17 Oct 2018

Boost your business with smart delivery
Boost your business with smart delivery

It can be difficult to carve out a competitive advantage in today's cutthroat business environment. For some companies, investments have been focused on creating digital advantage through measures like apps or fancy websites...

By Morné Stoltz 17 Sep 2018

Linda Reddy, supply chain director for Nando’s IMEA
#WomensMonth: Tough trading environment calls for supply chain innovation

Linda Reddy, supply chain director for Nando's IMEA, shares some insights into being a dynamic businesswoman...

By Evan-Lee Courie 21 Aug 2018

Shop on Amazon from Ghana with startup Eazyloop
Shop on Amazon from Ghana with startup Eazyloop

Ghanaian startup Eazyloop is allowing users to shop on international platforms like Amazon and have their purchases delivered to their door within two weeks...

By Tom Jackson 13 Aug 2018

Kenyan e-commerce startup Sokowatch raises $2m seed round
Kenyan e-commerce startup Sokowatch raises $2m seed round

Kenyan B2B e-commerce startup Sokowatch has closed a $2 million seed round to further expand its customer base across East Africa while also piloting additional value-added services for shops...

By Tom Jackson 30 Jul 2018

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