Mike Joubert of the Billybo Group, in action on the eCommerce Africa 2019 stage.
#ECO19: Unpack why your brand story matters before you start telling it

In a talk titled 'Why your story matters', in the driving demand track of the fifth eCommerce Africa conference, attendees heard from Mike Joubert, founder of the Billybo Group. Dubbed a godfather in SA brands and marketing, he walked us through the virtue of storytelling and why it matters, while shedding light through examples from some of the greatest commercial stories ever told.

By Leigh Andrews 20 Mar 2019

Mondelez invests in functional foods startup Uplift Food
Mondelez invests in functional foods startup Uplift Food

Multinational snack foods giant Mondelez International has taken a minority investment in Uplift Food, a US-based early-stage startup focusing on prebiotic functional foods. This is the first venture investment Mondelez is making as part of SnackFutures, the company's innovation and venture hub aimed at unlocking snacking growth opportunities around the world.

20 Mar 2019

#SeamlessSA: A holistic approach to delivering great retail customer experience
#SeamlessSA: A holistic approach to delivering great retail customer experience

Opening her presentation at Seamless Southern Africa last week, Lauren King, executive: e-commerce and web services at Edcon, shared her understanding of customer experience (CX).

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 Mar 2019

Chantel Botha of BrandLove in action at eCommerce Africa 2019.
#ECO19: Why brands need to create emotional experiences for Generation CX

The 5th eCommerce Africa conference kicked off at the CTICC on 19 March 2019 with a keynote session by Chantel Botha, founder of BrandLove, in the customer experience track, titled: 'More than a feeling, on why CX is the #1 competitive differentiator'. Here's what you missed!

By Leigh Andrews 19 Mar 2019

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Focus shifts to a mobile economy in Africa

Africa is judiciously positioned to be the next big mobile market, enviously eyed by global investors for her enormous growth opportunities. 2019 is undeniably the year to prioritise investments in Africa's mobile market, to leverage this monetary opportunity.

By Josephine Wawira 19 Mar 2019

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#OrchidsandOnions: Take a bow, McDonald's

And the Onion goes to... Chicken Licken, for its bullying tactics towards a vegan eatery.

By Brendan Seery 19 Mar 2019

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Prospects of South Africa's avocado exports

The South African avocado market faces a threat due to a possible future ban. South Africa is the major producer of avocados in Africa and the 12th global producer of the fruit. Avocados are a subtropical fruit and are grown mostly in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.

By Gilberto Biacuana 19 Mar 2019

#SeamlessSA: Physical retail needs to step up
#SeamlessSA: Physical retail needs to step up

Traditional brick and mortar retailers still have a future despite the boom in online retail, but they have to be open to change, says Vicus Bouwer, divisional director: retail leasing Africa, Broll, South Africa, who spoke at Seamless Southern Africa last week.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 18 Mar 2019

Cape Town welcomes first-ever pintxos bar
Cape Town welcomes first-ever pintxos bar

When I drink a well-deserved cocktail or two or indulge in a few glasses of wine after a gruelling 9-5 I get snacky, like very snacky - friends can attest to the fact that I'm always angling to order some nibbles with our drinks - so I'm pretty excited that Cape Town has recently opened a pintxos bar.

By Ruth Cooper 18 Mar 2019

Louis Vuitton pulls Michael Jackson-inspired clothing in the wake of Leaving Neverland
Louis Vuitton pulls Michael Jackson-inspired clothing in the wake of Leaving Neverland

NEWSWATCH - Louis Vuitton is pulling Michael Jackson-inspired items from its autumn/winter 2019 menswear collection, as controversy mounts following the release of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, which details allegations by two men who said the pop star molested them as children.

18 Mar 2019

Amonet.co.za launches a new online shopping experience
Amonet.co.za launches a new online shopping experience

Online wholesale supplier company, Afrimart Online, created the consumer-centric online retail platform amonet.co.za in 2017 to offer customers direct access to products. Now Amonet has launched a brand-new redesigned website to offer consumers even better usability than before, ensuring that it is easy to for anybody to use - anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Issued by Amonet 18 Mar 2019

#Gulfood2019: SA beef export market reopens to the Middle East
#Gulfood2019: SA beef export market reopens to the Middle East

The recently held Gulfood Trade Show 2019, which took place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, saw the reopening of beef trade between South Africa and the Middle East.

18 Mar 2019

The IFC wants to hear from small businesses in South Africa - take the survey!
The IFC wants to hear from small businesses in South Africa - take the survey!

In collaboration with Kantar, the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is asking small business owners in South Africa to share the challenges and opportunities they face through an online survey.

Issued by Kantar TNS 18 Mar 2019