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#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 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

Dali Tembo, managing director of Instant Grass International.
#BizTrends2019: The year we rethink segmentation

If there's one thing we love as marketers, it's squeezing ever-evolving consumers into deceptively neat PowerPoint boxes. Too many customer segmentation reports are based on over-simplified, outdated data - just ask 'Bargaining Busi' and 'Premium Pam'...

By Dali Tembo 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: Technology and other packaging disruptors in 2019
#BizTrends2019: Technology and other packaging disruptors in 2019

Packaging design in South Africa in 2019 will be shaped (at an alarming rate) by changes in technology and the way products are viewed and selected...

By Gail Macleod 14 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

#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: From data to dashboard - how retailers will manage customer engagement in 2019
#BizTrends2019: From data to dashboard - how retailers will manage customer engagement in 2019

SA is a dynamic and arguably unique market: a growing segment of our consumers are sophisticated, globalised and have many of the same expectations as their peers in more developed markets...

By Daniel Logan 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

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 19 Dec 2018

Safeguard your customer relationships this Black Friday
Safeguard your customer relationships this Black Friday

Black Friday is here to stay: as part of a retail festival that entices consumers in their millions to part with their cash, it's another way of increasing revenue just before the festive season officially kicks in...

By Wynand Smit 13 Nov 2018

#ShopperInsights2019: Moving to frictionless commerce
#ShopperInsights2019: Moving to frictionless commerce

Online retail is part of the much bigger picture of frictionless commerce where online is moving offline and offline to online. Driving this is time and convenience...

By Danette Breitenbach 12 Nov 2018

Social media mining: Critical to CX management in the digital age
Social media mining: Critical to CX management in the digital age

As markets become increasingly globalised, saturated and competitive in the digital age, great focus is being placed on the customer experience (CX)...

By Julian Thomas 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

Retail and etail to work as a team not the opposition
Retail and etail to work as a team not the opposition

In South Africa, going to a mall is part of our culture - particularly in Johannesburg where there seems to be a mall on every street corner. Malls entertain visitors with restaurants and coffee shops...

By Julia Ahlfeldt 23 Oct 2018

Individualisation: The powerful trend shaping retail customer experience
Individualisation: The powerful trend shaping retail customer experience

Rising inflation. Record petrol prices. A VAT increase. A technical recession. SA consumers are feeling the pinch...

By Ian Steyn 18 Oct 2018

Yuppiechef's foray into physical retail continues with flagship V&A opening
Yuppiechef's foray into physical retail continues with flagship V&A opening

Kitchen and homeware retailer Yuppiechef opened the doors to its new flagship store in V&A Waterfront on 1 October...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 15 Oct 2018

E-commerce needs ERP
E-commerce needs ERP

E-commerce is growing rapidly and many will increase their online spend to get better deals, for its convenience and savings on shipping...

By Bernard Ford 9 Oct 2018

How to stay afloat when fake online reviews could sink your business
How to stay afloat when fake online reviews could sink your business

Fake news is a pervasive epidemic. Insidious distortion of truth, fueled by hidden (or blatant) agendas is now accepted as a fact of life...

By Daniella Shapiro 27 Sep 2018

6 top tips for effective customer engagement on mobile
6 top tips for effective customer engagement on mobile

Speaking at this year's annual PriceCheck Awards ceremony, CEO Kevin Tucker noted that the Tech and E-commerce Awards are more important than ever before...

By Lynette Hundermark 18 Sep 2018

5 ways CX is emotional rather than rational
5 ways CX is emotional rather than rational

Brendon Bairstow-Klopper suggests that it is more sensible to take a macro-level view by practising the peak-end rule. The peak-end rule says that customers remember their peak-experience with a brand, rather than specific interactions...

By Brendon Bairstow-Klopper 4 Sep 2018

The "end" of the shopkeeper (and other retail trends)
The "end" of the shopkeeper (and other retail trends)

Self-service retail is swooping across the globe; from online shopping to self-checkout, there's a growing trend in retail environments that focuses on driving efficient and seamless processes to enhance service and CX...

By Wynand Smit 29 Aug 2018

Trendzilla alert: Tech builds tailor-made trust
Trendzilla alert: Tech builds tailor-made trust

The hyper-connected multiverse of tomorrow is today. Brands can get washed away, overwhelmed by the virtual trend wave, or they can surf the possibilities in this era of omni-channeling.

By Daniella Shapiro 27 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Women need to support each other in the workplace
#WomensMonth: Women need to support each other in the workplace

As the head of consumer experiences at Pernod Ricard South Africa, Elizabeth Lee Ming's role involves optimising customer-centricity across some of the leading brands in the premium spirits category...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Aug 2018

Maximising ROI without compromising on CX - top tips
Maximising ROI without compromising on CX - top tips

Business-wide strategies are complex - each department operates with structured KPIs that may include boosting profitability, customer feedback ratings, or a host of other criteria - the trick is to ensure that all these departments operate in concert with each other...

By Wynand Smit 31 Jul 2018

#MobileCommerce: The rise of mobile shopping and its impact on business
#MobileCommerce: The rise of mobile shopping and its impact on business

With smartphone usage in SA as high as an estimated 29.2 million (51% of the population), more and more shoppers are making purchases on their mobile phones...

By Sven Schoof 30 Jul 2018

7 small details to improve the retail customer's experience (Infographic)
7 small details to improve the retail customer's experience (Infographic)

The customer's experience is one of the major factors that can make or break your retailing business if not managed properly. With the increasing competition in the market nowadays, it is only important to keep your customers happy and satisfied with product and service to keep them loyal to your business...

By Frank Ouyang 26 Jul 2018

#MobileCommerce: From search to checkout, the top 5 features likely to make your user tap "buy now"
#MobileCommerce: From search to checkout, the top 5 features likely to make your user tap "buy now"

Mobile, and increasingly apps, are core to the success of any retailer's strategy through all stages of the path to purchase or shopping customer's experience...

By Lynette Hundermark 20 Jul 2018

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