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Ubuntu Baba founder on navigating family life and a growing business
Ubuntu Baba founder on navigating family life and a growing businessArticle

A mother and entrepreneur, Shannon McLaughlin is the founder of South African babywear brand Ubuntu Baba. If the company name rings a bell, it's because it made headlines for its battle with Woolworths...

17 Apr 2019

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How online activism is shaping the way we do businessArticle

For companies that believe that the way they do business will remain unchanged by the power and influence of online activists should take heed from the lessons that some of South Africa's biggest brands have learnt over the past year...

Lynn Erasmus 15 Apr 2019

Yet another small business accuses Woolies of plagiarism
Yet another small business accuses Woolies of plagiarismArticle

The owner of local beverage brand Superlatte claims that Woolworths copied the idea for her superfood drinks and started selling their own version at Woolworths Cafes...

11 Feb 2019

Woolworths pulls "gender stereotyping" Valentine's Day campaign
Woolworths pulls "gender stereotyping" Valentine's Day campaignArticle

#NEWSWATCH: Woolworths has pulled its in-store #LoveAlwaysWins Valentine's Day campaign following social media outrage, this just a few weeks after the retailer's Ubuntu Baba scandal...

5 Feb 2019

Credit: Ubuntu Baba.
#FutureFit Yourself: Marnus Broodryk and attorney weigh in on Ubuntu BabaArticle

Carmen Murray talks to Roy Taberer, a patent attorney from Taberer Attorneys, Kimberleigh Stark, an actress and producer from Stark SA, Shannon McLaughlin, owner of Ubuntu Baba and entrepreneur Marnus Broodryk of SME Africa to understand the lessons we can learn from this and how can we protect our ideas better...

Carmen Murray 4 Feb 2019

Ubuntu Baba saga knocks public perception of Woolworths
Ubuntu Baba saga knocks public perception of WoolworthsArticle

The Woolworths-Ubuntu Baba baby carrier incident had a significantly negative impact on public perception of Woolworths' ethics and reputation...

22 Jan 2019

Screen grab from the Orchid-worthy ad.
#OrchidsandOnions: Two Onions for WoolworthsArticle

And two Onions for the tacky Vodacom/Showmax ad - at least Toyota's latest TV ad for its Hilux team deserves a plump Orchid...

Brendan Seery 15 Jan 2019

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Woolworths, Ubuntu Baba saga contains digital lessons for brands of all sizesArticle

South African social media has been in an uproar following allegations that Woolworths had stolen the design of a baby carrier made by a local entrepreneur. This a typical David vs Goliath story. While that may be true, the saga contains digital lessons for brands of all sizes...

Vumani Ncube 10 Jan 2019

Woolworths apologises for copycat Ubuntu Baba carrier
Woolworths apologises for copycat Ubuntu Baba carrierArticle

Woolworths has removed a line of baby carriers from its shelves following a meeting with Cape Town entrepreneur Shannon McLaughlin, who claimed the retailer had copied the design of her Ubuntu Baba carrier...

9 Jan 2019

Woolworths accused of copying baby carrier design
Woolworths accused of copying baby carrier designArticle

Woolworths has once again been accused of plagiarising the product design of a smaller business. This time, the item in question is a Woolworths baby carrier, which entrepreneur Shannon McLaughlin claims is a copy...

9 Jan 2019

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