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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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#AfricaMonth: Pave the way to Open Skies

Although it's certainly not feasible for Africa to have thousands of city pairs because the traveller demand simply doesn't exist, there are several hundred city pairs that would certainly be sustainable...

By Natalia Rosa 22 May 2018

Samad Osman
#AfricaMonth: Growing market in Africa

Hapag-Lloyd recently opened a new office in Tema, Ghana as it continues its expansion across the continent. We interviewed Samad Osman, the Africa managing director for Hapag-Lloyd, and found out more about the current state of business for a logistics company in Africa...

By Ilse van den Berg 14 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa
#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa

People across Africa face considerable challenges - many of them existential. But, without the right devices, connectivity, and skills, those who badly need their problems solved often can't access available solutions...

By Greg Morris 8 May 2018

Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing
Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing

Kenyan agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has partnered IBM Research to extend access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system...

By Tom Jackson 19 Apr 2018

Kenya's MoBar Delivery brings alcohol to your door
Kenya's MoBar Delivery brings alcohol to your door

Kenyan startup MoBar Delivery is connecting consumers with suppliers via couriers using a mobile app, streamlining and simplifying distribution of goods, starting with alcohol...

By Tom Jackson 12 Apr 2018

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Three African airports honoured at Airport Service Quality Awards

Airports Company South Africa's George Airport and King Shaka International, as well as another African airport, Nairobi Airport, were honoured at the ACI Airport Service Quality Awards...

By Ilse van den Berg 8 Mar 2018

Nigeria's Yesharvest launches agri-commerce platform
Nigeria's Yesharvest launches agri-commerce platform

Nigerian startup Yesharvest has launched a zero-inventory e-commerce platform for fresh farm produce that allows users to purchase from farmers...

By Tom Jackson 19 Dec 2017

#FreshConnections: The realities of trading in Africa
#FreshConnections: The realities of trading in Africa

It's often agreed that the trickiest part of the supply chain is not the sourcing, but getting the product to the consumer...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 18 Aug 2017

David Williams
#AfricaMonth: Internal trade barriers show signs of falling

While the road ahead may still present significant challenges, some of Africa's most long-standing internal trade barriers are beginning to show signs of falling. We interview David Williams, Maersk Line Africa chief executive and global head of Safmarine to find out more...

By Ilse van den Berg 30 May 2017

[Source Africa 2015] Africa en vogue
[Source Africa 2015] Africa en vogue

Africa is certainly the next big thing when it comes to trading partners for the US, and the recent reauthorisation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for another 10 years has just made it even hotter...

By Nicci Botha 11 Jun 2015

Coping under fire
Coping under fire

Janine Lazarus, founder and owner of Janine Lazarus media consultancy was a journalist for 31 years, and has worked across the board from newspapers to radio...

By Danette Breitenbach 3 Mar 2015

Bookmarks Awards reflect a maturing industry
Bookmarks Awards reflect a maturing industry

Winning a Bookmarks Awards is important. It is meaningful for a number of reasons, of which the winning is the least important...

By Danette Breitenbach 23 Feb 2015

Engaging with connected consumers - Part 2
Engaging with connected consumers - Part 2

It took 14 years to sell 40 million laptops, but only four years to sell 40 million tablets...

By Danette Breitenbach 12 Feb 2015

Engaging with connected consumers - Part 1
Engaging with connected consumers - Part 1

Yes, consumers are all in the digital space. Not all consumers are not the same, and no, not all digital consumers are same...

By Danette Breitenbach 11 Feb 2015

Anton Harber
Depth of Africa coverage improves

Coverage of the rest of Africa in our media provides an interesting gauge of our relationship with the continent since our borders opened up 20 years ago...

By Anton Harber 5 Dec 2014

The responsive brand: how to handle social media
The responsive brand: how to handle social media

It took six months after the first reporting of the rear windows of Opel Corsa Lites shattering for the manufacturer to issue a recall. Today, this matter would have been handled very differently...

By Danette Breitenbach 3 Nov 2014

Africa - the final frontier
Africa - the final frontier

In expanding and marketing products and services into Africa, business owners need to keep in mind that the continent of Africa has 53 countries, hundreds of languages and various cultures, making it a complex task.

By Sumesh Rahavendra 29 Sep 2014

Henry Buell
Redefining direct sales to reach Generation C

RIXEYVILLE, US: The direct sales industry has changed very little over the last few decades, incorporating new technologies as they have developed, rather than evolving their business practices to capitalise further on existing markets.

By Henry Buell 20 Jun 2014

Africa is the youngest continent in the world in terms of its people and is expected to have the largest workforce in the world by 2035. Consumer-facing industries will grow significantly between now and 2010. (Image: NASA)
Bottom line: It's about Africa

Africa is the story, actually the big story is Africa*. This was the message from Malcolm Horne, of Broll at the fourth South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) annual research conference.

By Danette Breitenbach 11 Apr 2014

The initiative provides an audio-based mobile training course targeting front line health workers (FLW) to help them deliver life-saving information, and is also aimed at helping pregnant women and their families prepare for the unexpected and potentially deadly situations that can arise in child birth.
The evolving business model for m-governance

A look at the evolving business model for (mobile governance) m-governance projects and the use of mobile technology as a catalyst for inclusive development.

By Vijay Sai Pratap 27 Mar 2014

Dina Saffer-Myers
Winning advertising creative - you get what you brief

A brand manager's dream: Produce a TV advert showcasing the benefits of a product whilst bringing a tear to the consumer's eye and galvanising them to rush out to purchase it.

By Dina Saffer-Myers 18 Mar 2014

Using animation to make sense of big data
Using animation to make sense of big data

There are a number of specialists who all contribute to analysing and interpreting big data. We'd like to add a less obvious specialisation into the mix, namely animation and gaming.

By Glenn Gillis 7 Mar 2014

[2014 trends] Fashionably late
[2014 trends] Fashionably late

The most recent International Monetary Fund regional economic outlook for sub-Saharan Africa projects an accelerated GDP growth of 6% in 2014 from around 5% in 2013.

By Nick Schilperoort 7 Feb 2014

[2014 trends] Waka waka (this time for Africa)
[2014 trends] Waka waka (this time for Africa)

It wasn't too long ago that Shakira was singing to thousands at the FNB Stadium for the 2010 Soccer World Cup: "Waka waka (this time for Africa). Your time to shine. Don't wait in line. Y vamos por todo."

By Gisèle Wertheim Aymés 15 Jan 2014

(Image: NASA, via Wikimedia Commons)
'Beyond Retail' for Africa

Professional services firm, Deloitte was a title sponsor of the inaugural World Retail Congress Africa, held last month in Sandton. I spoke to Ilse du Toit, a manager within the Strategy & Innovation practice at Deloitte Consulting.

By Danette Breitenbach 17 Dec 2013

Yuppiechef creams customer service with common sense
Yuppiechef creams customer service with common sense

Many a retailer will sing to the tune of "The customer is always right", but not a lot actually live the phrase, much less invest any time or innovation in it. Luckily for you and I, this age of short-term vision is drawing to a close.

By Sindy Peters 5 Dec 2013

(Image: Matthew Bowden www.digitallyrefreshing.com, via Wikimedia Commons)
Actually it is fun and games

Gamification can make training in the workplace faster, more effective and less expensive.

By Danette Breitenbach 23 Oct 2013

A world-class brand needs a world-class home
A world-class brand needs a world-class home

African brands are absent from the Interbrand 2013 list of 100 Best Global Brands and had one African brand listed in the Millward Brown BrandZ 2013 survey. Africa's performance on the top tier global brands is just not up to scratch.

By Golden Muzanago 18 Oct 2013

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