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African countries reach tipping point for e-commerce adoption - PayU data
African countries reach tipping point for e-commerce adoption - PayU dataArticle

South Africa's m-commerce up 35%, Nigeria is Africa's biggest e-commerce market, and Kenya primed for massive growth...

28 Apr 2021

6 signs your business could use growth capital
6 signs your business could use growth capitalArticle

If your business growth has plateaued, or you've hit a wall with your business plan, then it may be time for you to change things up...

Dov Girnun 22 Apr 2021

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SA consumers express willingness to help combat sustainability issuesArticle

As Earth Day is observed around the world on 22 April, new research on sustainability commissioned by Mastercard reveals a marked increase in consumer passion for the environment...

22 Apr 2021

Mitch Slape, Massmart CEO
Massmart's CEO on Covid-driven consumer trends that'll stickArticle

Retail veteran Mitch Slape unpacks the changes in consumer behaviour that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about, and where Massmart is seeing growth...

Lauren Hartzenberg 19 Apr 2021

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SA consumers increasingly anxious about finance and healthArticle

Deloitte's latest State of the Consumer tracker shows South Africans are currently most concerned about finances - even more so than the health impact of Covid-19...

15 Apr 2021

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Consumers spent $900bn more at online retailers globally in 2020Article

Covid-19 accelerated e-commerce around the globe and forced retailers to shift to digital...

14 Apr 2021

Upsurge in consumer spend on digital services - FNB data
Upsurge in consumer spend on digital services - FNB dataArticle

FNB data reveals an upsurge in customers who are spending on home delivery, video and music streaming apps for convenient access to services...

14 Apr 2021

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5 categories that could lead retail's recovery in 2021Article

Merchant Capital's collection data suggests early signs of recovery in several key categories...

8 Apr 2021

Mastercard and Uber extend partnership to boost payment digitisation and advance financial inclusion
Mastercard and Uber extend partnership to boost payment digitisation and advance financial inclusionArticle

Uber's long-term partnership with Mastercard continues to grow with a new strategic initiative focusing on digital payments and advancing financial inclusions which will be facilitated by Mastercard across the Middle East and Africa (MEA)...

Issued by Uber 7 Apr 2021

Accenture acquires REPL to grow retail, supply chain capabilities
Accenture acquires REPL to grow retail, supply chain capabilitiesArticle

Accenture has acquired REPL Group, a technology consultancy specialising in solutions for supply chain, workforce management, store operations and retail customer experiences...

30 Mar 2021

#BudgetSpeech2021: Converting hope to opportunity
#BudgetSpeech2021: Converting hope to opportunityArticle

It was, therefore, unfortunate that the minister of finance, Tito Mboweni, would premise his recent Budget Speech 2021 with 'hope' and, days later, South Africa was hit with a spate of power failures...

Dr Rudi Kimmie and Achmat Kazie, Issued by TSIBA 30 Mar 2021

Have hyper retail centres 'hit the spot'? Themes through lockdown and beyond
Have hyper retail centres 'hit the spot'? Themes through lockdown and beyondArticle

FNB Commercial Property Finance recently held its Quarterly Property Market briefing and the focus was on key retail property themes...

John Loos 23 Mar 2021

#EcommerceDay2021: Clever click options boost SA's online grocery sector
#EcommerceDay2021: Clever click options boost SA's online grocery sectorArticle

Grocery shopping in SA has changed forever as consumers have become comfortable with shopping for day-to-day groceries online, says NielsenIQ's Kelly Arnold...

Kelly Arnold 12 Mar 2021

Pandemic drives 78% of SA consumers to alter purchase behaviour
Pandemic drives 78% of SA consumers to alter purchase behaviourArticle

South African consumers are navigating uncharted territory as they cope with the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent financial fallout that has wreaked havoc on their income...

10 Mar 2021

The tech industry needs more gender diversity - here's why
The tech industry needs more gender diversity - here's whyArticle

Women remain significantly underrepresented in tech. This despite a number of studies confirming that gender-diverse companies perform better...

8 Mar 2021

TPN Tenant Survey: 75% of tenants reported loss of income during lockdown
TPN Tenant Survey: 75% of tenants reported loss of income during lockdownArticle

According to specialised credit bureau TPN, residential rentals were -0.75% cheaper on average for the last quarter of 2020. However, the Gauteng High Court's recent ruling...

18 Feb 2021

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Valentine's spend predictions in a year of uncertaintyArticle

Valentine's spend could fall flat this year, as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic forces consumers to tighten their purse strings...

15 Feb 2021

Safer Internet Day 2021: More time online, less education a problem for SA's teens
Safer Internet Day 2021: More time online, less education a problem for SA's teensArticle

Safer Internet Day is being celebrated on 9 February with the theme of bringing various stakeholders 'Together For A Better Internet'. There remains a gaping hole in digital education to guide and protect kids online...

8 Feb 2021

It's time to create meaningful brand connections
It's time to create meaningful brand connectionsArticle

Across the board, 2020 was characterised by survival, and the ever-evolving coronavirus pandemic tested the resolve of people and brands alike...

Lauren Crooks 3 Feb 2021

4 reasons to invest in analytics in 2021
4 reasons to invest in analytics in 2021Article

Data analytics in marketing is proving to be the competitive edge for organisations looking to make informed decisions and optimise their budgets...

Issued by Jellyfish South Africa 3 Feb 2021

Apps expected to explode all over again in 2021. Here's why
Apps expected to explode all over again in 2021. Here's whyArticle

The promise of a vaccine has not yet dulled the relentless and destructive march of the coronavirus. But, a host of industries also cashed in during the pandemic, namely the likes of e-commerce, delivery, videoconferencing, streaming, health tech, and more...

Karam Malhotra 25 Jan 2021

6 factors hanging in the balance for property in 2021
6 factors hanging in the balance for property in 2021Article

Having started 2020 in recession, only to be hit by Covid-19, few would have predicted a successful year for property...

Schalk van der Merwe 25 Jan 2021

Top 10 global consumer trends for 2021 - Euromonitor
Top 10 global consumer trends for 2021 - EuromonitorArticle

The top trends that Euromonitor believes will define consumer behaviour and influence business strategies in the year ahead...

19 Jan 2021

Tasmika Ramlakan, Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking
#BizTrends2021: A challenging year anticipated for SA retailersArticle

The circular relationship between retail sales, consumer spending and employment in SA means retailers are unlikely to be able to 'sell' themselves out of the situation in which they now find themselves...

Tasmika Ramlakan 18 Jan 2021

German auto industry strengthens ties with Africa
German auto industry strengthens ties with AfricaArticle

The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) recently partnered with the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) as part of the PartnerAfrica project of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)...

11 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Recalibrating for diminished growth - resolutions for 2021
#BizTrends2021: Recalibrating for diminished growth - resolutions for 2021Article

Despite the dissemination of vaccines in the months ahead, a larger portion of consumer spending will be impacted by recessionary conditions...

Ailsa Wingfield 11 Jan 2021

The SA economy in 2021 - Looking into the crystal ball
The SA economy in 2021 - Looking into the crystal ballArticle

Most South Africans are now understandably keen to see the end of 2020 and are hoping for better times in 2021, after what has been a rollercoaster year for SA's political economy...

Raymond Parsons 30 Dec 2020

Embraced e-commerce power yet? How every brand can excel beyond the pandemic
Embraced e-commerce power yet? How every brand can excel beyond the pandemicArticle

Rapidly changing consumer behavior in 2020 has left many antiquated business models high and dry. The worst part? It could have been avoided if all business owners harnessed the power of e-commerce and digital experience pre-Covid...

Craig Lebrau, Issued by Lebrau Press 29 Dec 2020

SA consumers plan to spend much less this festive season - SAS
SA consumers plan to spend much less this festive season - SASArticle

Retailers will need to adapt to changing customer expectations to secure much-needed profits...

14 Dec 2020

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South African festive spending predicted to decrease by 15%Article

South Africans will each spend an average of R5,673 over this festive season, over and above their usual monthly expenses, according to research conducted by Wonga...

2 Dec 2020

Prevention is better than a cure!
Prevention is better than a cure!Article

The world is currently experiencing one of the worst health pandemics since the Spanish Flu in 1918. Not only has this had an impact on the health infrastructure of many countries, but it has resulted in economic turbulence in many markets with the looming potential of a global economic downturn if recovery efforts are not speedily implemented...

Issued by Bullion PR & Communication 25 Nov 2020

Several contributing factors set to potentially see property market through these tough times
Several contributing factors set to potentially see property market through these tough timesArticle

After last month's bleak Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement by finance minister Tito Mboweni, South Africans are settling in for a long and uncertain road to economic recovery...

Tony Clarke 24 Nov 2020

Martin Kingston, B4SA steering committee chairman
Policy certainty about lockdown levels is key to stimulating SA's economic recoveryArticle

Certainty that South Africa will not return to a hard lockdown - irrespective of Covid-19 infection rates - would stimulate economic activity by unlocking business investment projects and consumer spending plans...

16 Nov 2020

#FluxTrendsMasterclass: Moving to a cashless economy could be good for the economy and entrepreneurs
#FluxTrendsMasterclass: Moving to a cashless economy could be good for the economy and entrepreneursArticle

Bronwyn Williams, partner at Flux Trends, interviewed Carl Wazen at the Alinea Retail Master Class to find out about future retail trends...

13 Nov 2020

Is Black Friday 2020 cancelled?
Is Black Friday 2020 cancelled?Article

Shopping is bound to look different this year, but will stores be pushing for online sales to avoid endless queues, or will retailers tailor the in-store experience to reflect the times? We asked experts from the dentsu SSA network to weigh in...

Issued by Dentsu 4 Nov 2020

Construction critical to post-Covid economic recovery in SA
Construction critical to post-Covid economic recovery in SAArticle

Traditionally, the development of risk management plans is tailored to address assessed and quantified risks...

29 Oct 2020

Mobicred looks at Q4 spending patterns as lockdown eases
Mobicred looks at Q4 spending patterns as lockdown easesArticle

Retailers are under pressure to reimagine and transform their businesses, build out e-commerce solutions and expand their online offerings...

23 Oct 2020

Why your mobile strategy should be top-of-mind
Why your mobile strategy should be top-of-mindArticle

Mobile app usage increased by 40% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2020 and in-app spending hit a record high of $27bn...

Nick Durrant 19 Oct 2020

Covid-19 implications for brand strategists
Covid-19 implications for brand strategistsArticle

Andrea Rademeyer - Ask Afrika CEO and founder - was recently invited to address The Abstract Club, a unique association for seasoned marketing strategists, in SA and shares with us...

Issued by Ask Afrika 15 Oct 2020

#ConsciousLiving: Greenmovement - environmentally inspired solutions
#ConsciousLiving: Greenmovement - environmentally inspired solutionsArticle

Greenmovement is an energy-innovation centric organisation that aims to create cost-effective, renewable and accessible energy for the African continent...

Evan-Lee Courie 2 Oct 2020

TGI: Providing an in-depth understanding of how markets have changed as a result of Covid-19
TGI: Providing an in-depth understanding of how markets have changed as a result of Covid-19Article

Marketers will have to have a granular understanding of where their target consumers are and whether their marketing investment is effective. Marketing strategies will need to be adapted to accommodate emerging trends and customer demands in the aftermath of the pandemic...

Issued by Ask Afrika 15 Sep 2020

'Recession-resistant' retail centres go under the hammer
'Recession-resistant' retail centres go under the hammerArticle

This September, more than half a dozen "recession-resistant" investment properties, comprising neighbourhood and community retail shopping precincts, will go under the hammer...

1 Sep 2020

Retail sector shakeout brings challenges and opportunities
Retail sector shakeout brings challenges and opportunitiesArticle

Like most industries, the retail sector has had to transform radically, not only to survive the current situation, but also to ensure that it remains viable and sustainable into the future...

Tasmika Ramlakan 26 Aug 2020

Develop products and market them with women in mind
Develop products and market them with women in mindArticle

Although women are more likely to be unemployed and earn less than their male counterparts, research has found that women hold the buying power in most SA households...

Kerry Thomas 25 Aug 2020

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4 South African purchasing trends brought on by Covid-19Article

From toilet paper in Australia to pasta in Italy and condoms in France, countries have noted interesting patterns of demand in the world of fast moving consumer goods...

21 Aug 2020

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Covid-driven shift in consumer values and spending behaviourArticle

Businesses need to pay attention to a new customer as we enter Level 2 lockdown, says customer experience specialist Nathalie Schooling...

20 Aug 2020

8 golden rules for brands to win in a recession
8 golden rules for brands to win in a recessionArticle

Wunderman Thompson published a guide on 'How Brands Can Win in a Recession'. The global report is an essential manual for brands highlighting how to survive and thrive in the face of the recession...

Issued by Wunderman Thompson 31 Jul 2020

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Covid-19 impact on consumption patterns in Africa's key marketsArticle

Prior to the pandemic, Africa was identified as one of the fastest-growing consumer markets in the world, with household consumption growing even faster than GDP...

23 Jul 2020

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Facebook publishes the Global State of Small Business ReportArticle

Facebook has published the Global State of Small Business Report. Compiled in partnership with the World Bank and the OECD. It surveyed over 30,000 small business owners and employees from around the world in over 50 countries...

20 Jul 2020

Why smaller fast food outlets are part of SA's future
Why smaller fast food outlets are part of SA's futureArticle

An analysis of the South African fast food industry in 2019 showed that there was opportunity for the continued expansion of fast food outlets but that the market was beginning to saturate...

Craig Schwabe 3 Jul 2020

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