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#OrchidsandOnions: Gumtree gets it right - again

Latest ads take a jab at current generation's obsession with celebs, stuff and Fomo...

By Brendan Seery 2 days ago

On its 100th birthday, Jungle Oats opens R208m mill in Cape Town
On its 100th birthday, Jungle Oats opens R208m mill in Cape Town

Jungle Oats celebrates its 100th birthday this year, and the iconic brand has just revealed a new mill in Cape Town and a refreshed communication strategy...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 days ago

#StartupStory: NOWNOW becomes reality for young entrepreneur
#StartupStory: NOWNOW becomes reality for young entrepreneur

Imagine this...you're 16 years old, you're in Grade 10 and you're sitting in a classroom and all of a sudden an idea comes to mind...

By Evan-Lee Courie 18 Feb 2020

Ethical e-tailer Faithful to Nature opens first physical store
Ethical e-tailer Faithful to Nature opens first physical store

Faithful to Nature has opened the doors to its first brick and mortar store...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 11 Feb 2020

#StartupStory: WhatsOnSale at the virtual mall?
#StartupStory: WhatsOnSale at the virtual mall?

Jalome Chirwa met Emmanuel Mareme and Milaan Mashele at a launch that sparked the idea of WhatsOnSale, a web and mobile platform aimed at the retail industry...

By Evan-Lee Courie 11 Feb 2020

Pockets of CPG growth found amid squeezed consumer spending
Pockets of CPG growth found amid squeezed consumer spending

Like many business sectors in the country, the South African retail industry is battling the effects of stagnant GDP growth and constrained consumer spending...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 4 Feb 2020

Doug Place is the chief marketing officer: Africa, Middle East, South Asia. Image supplied.
#BizTrends2020: A strongly resonant brand proposition is more important now than ever before

In 2020, brands with vague and ephemeral brand positioning are unlikely to win the hearts of those they are speaking to - no one will understand what the brand is selling, who they're selling it to and why anyone should buy it...

By Doug Place 29 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Faster and smarter - 8 retail trends for 2020
#BizTrends2020: Faster and smarter - 8 retail trends for 2020

For the retail sector as a whole - and for physical stores in particular - 2020 will be a year of reinvention...

By Dov Girnun 21 Jan 2020

Gillian Rightford, Adtherapist and business/strategy lead at SoloUnion.
#BizTrends2020: Creativity's tipping point in business

I'm going to buck the trend and not talk about anything to do with tech or mobile, or the demise of the agency model. I'm also going to be honest and say that what I'm writing about isn't a mainstream trend yet, but it should be...

By Gillian Rightford 20 Jan 2020

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Google Search will now show you shoppable results for clothes in one place

Google on Wednesday revealed a new feature on Search that gives users a simpler way to shop for fashion items on mobile...

By Shereesa Moodley 17 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Using e-commerce tools to build disruptive consumer brands
#BizTrends2020: Using e-commerce tools to build disruptive consumer brands

Many disruptive consumer brands eventually expand into retailers in order to reach broader scale, and fast-moving retailers can accelerate this process...

By Paul Cook 16 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Fashion won't be sustainable until consumers are educated
#BizTrends2020: Fashion won't be sustainable until consumers are educated

If you're wondering if sustainable fashion really does exist in South Africa, the answer is yes, but only on a small scale...

By Emma Longden 15 Jan 2020

#StartupStory: The Yellow Room
#StartupStory: The Yellow Room

Hamiltons in Creative Company recently launched a digital content creation division, The Yellow Room, to include the conceptualisation, scripting, photography, filming and editing of digital content for brands...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Jan 2020

Michael Lebona
#BizTrends2020: 5 spirits trends in South Africa for 2020

Curated, experiential and tailored experiences were at the forefront of South Africa's alcohol consumption trends in 2019...

By Michael Lebona 13 Jan 2020

South Africans go plant-based for Veganuary
South Africans go plant-based for Veganuary

More than 14,000 South Africans have officially signed up to partake in this year's Veganuary campaign, joining 350,000 other people across more than 150 countries...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 10 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Bright future for luxury brands in Africa
#BizTrends2020: Bright future for luxury brands in Africa

With strong economic growth, increased affluence and a growing population that is forecast to double by 2050, the continent holds strong potential for luxury brands...

By Alain Dos Santos 10 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Retail and Gen Z in 2020 - who they are and what they want
#BizTrends2020: Retail and Gen Z in 2020 - who they are and what they want

Although this generation has less spending power than Millennials, it is estimated that 40% of consumer spending will be attributed to Generation Z consumers in 2020...

By Semona Pillay 9 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: The future of retailing in sub-Saharan Africa
#BizTrends2020: The future of retailing in sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 14% of the world's population and by 2030, the region's population will surpass that of China. The way consumers shop in the region is ever-changing...

By Christele Chokossa 8 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Deepen SA's online retail growth trend
#BizTrends2020: Deepen SA's online retail growth trend

Now for the good news. There's a huge opportunity for growth in online retail, but the path to profits is through dramatically improving customer experience...

By Kirsten Dewar 8 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Experience, value and convenience underpin successful QSR loyalty programmes
#BizTrends2020: Experience, value and convenience underpin successful QSR loyalty programmes

Retail loyalty is constantly evolving, as customers demand more personalised value and the 'experience economy' gathers momentum...

By Mia Morkel 7 Jan 2020

Dion Chang, founder of Flux Trends.
#BizTrends2020: The politics of rage; the quest for middle ground

By the end of 2019, the rising anger around the globe was palpable, as were the divisions that fuelled the rage...

By Dion Chang 6 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Trends for the near future
#BizTrends2020: Trends for the near future

In the knowledge economy, every glimpse of the probable future carries monetary value...

By Marian Salzman 6 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Africa's double-edged consumer demand
#BizTrends2020: Africa's double-edged consumer demand

Africa's consumer landscape is fragmented and polarised, characterised by the double-edged demand of a diverse base of consumers...

By Ailsa Wingfield 6 Jan 2020

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Here's what consumers want from customer communication in 2020

It's now well-established that customer communication is vital to the success of any business. But it can only play that role if it meets the wants and needs of the consumers receiving it...

By Brent Haumann 23 Dec 2019

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What is the ideal marketing channel mix for your e-commerce store?

Raymond Smit, head of Paid Search at Reprise Digital South Africa offers retailers and online businesses, tips on maximising their digital marketing efforts...

By Raymond Smit 20 Dec 2019

Katekani Moreku: A rising star in sustainable fashion
Katekani Moreku: A rising star in sustainable fashion

Bold, unconventional and rooted in SePulana culture, the work of young South African fashion designer Katekani Moreku has caught the eye of the local fashion community...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 13 Dec 2019

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Welcome to a new customer experience world

As business heads into 2020, the way customer experience is managed will irrevocably change. Ushering in this new era will be technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) which have already impacted how companies engage with their end-users...

By Paul McIntyre 13 Dec 2019

#EntrepreneurMonth: How Yococo's Sine Ndlela started serving scoops of love
#EntrepreneurMonth: How Yococo's Sine Ndlela started serving scoops of love

Sine Ndlela is not yet 30 years old, but she's the founder of a thriving South African dairy-free ice-cream brand...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Nov 2019

#EntrepreneurMonth: The raw beauty of Black Betty Jewellery
#EntrepreneurMonth: The raw beauty of Black Betty Jewellery

Black Betty Jewellery is the latest addition to Sea Point's vibey Regent Road. Kristin Weixelbaumer created the new retail space to be the physical representation of the Black Betty brand personality...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 25 Nov 2019

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South African retailers reveal deals for Black Friday 2019

Black Friday has gained significant momentum in South Africa since the North American shopping event was piloted locally by Takealot in 2012...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Nov 2019

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