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5 marketing tech trends to watch in 2021
5 marketing tech trends to watch in 2021Article

As technology evolves and data sets grow, marketing is changing, adapting and in some cases becoming automated...

Greg Chen 3 hours ago

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Takealot searches for group CEO as Kim Reid transitions rolesArticle

The search for a new group CEO is underway, and once this appointment is made Reid will step back from day-to-day operations to focus on initiatives that will deliver future value for the group...

3 days ago

Woolworths posts first jump in half-year profit since 2015
Woolworths posts first jump in half-year profit since 2015Article

Woolworths reported a 58.3% jump in first-half profit, its first in five years...

25 Feb 2021

Bos Brands strengthens D2C focus as e-commerce hots up
Bos Brands strengthens D2C focus as e-commerce hots upArticle

Bos Brands is ramping up its direct-to-consumer offering with the launch of a subscription service. This follows a revamp of the company's online store last year...

Lauren Hartzenberg 16 Feb 2021

Know your IP: What it takes to make a film
Know your IP: What it takes to make a filmArticle

Filmmaking is a complex collaborative endeavour, giving rise to many different layers of production, including the script or screenplay, the soundtrack, the direction, and the performances. Here we have a look at what every filmmaker should know about the intellectual property of film...

Hugh Melamdowitz 26 Jan 2021

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Fashion retailer Primark is refusing to sell online - here's why it is right to do soArticle

Irish fast-fashion retailer Primark has no plans to sell its clothes online. This is despite the company warning that lockdown store closures could cost it losses of more than £1bn...

Lisa Jack and Regina Frei 22 Jan 2021

Retail sales slump continues, dropping 4% in November
Retail sales slump continues, dropping 4% in NovemberArticle

South Africa's retail trade sales decreased by 4% year-on-year in November 2020, falling for the eighth consecutive month...

22 Jan 2021

5 areas of growth SMMEs should focus on in 2021
5 areas of growth SMMEs should focus on in 2021Article

Business owners remain confident that the economy will slowly start to stabilise in 2021 despite the series of blows it took last year...

Trevor Gosling 20 Jan 2021

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#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

2020 digital holiday sales climb to $1.1tn globally - Salesforce
2020 digital holiday sales climb to $1.1tn globally - SalesforceArticle

Digital sales grew around 58% during the five days leading up to Christmas, despite earlier shipping cutoffs...

13 Jan 2021

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Africa airlines see fall in air cargo demand in NovemberArticle

Global air cargo demand improves in November but capacity remains constrained

8 Jan 2021

5 social media megatrends for 2021
5 social media megatrends for 2021Article

As traditional media strategies faltered, 2020 highlighted the growing relevance of social media marketing and the need for businesses to relook customer engagement...

Leandri Janse van Vuuren and Sabrina Andreucci 7 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: 5 key factors influencing the business of fashion
#BizTrends2021: 5 key factors influencing the business of fashionArticle

2020 was a difficult year for fashion businesses globally. Consumers became more self-aware, with a more needs-based focus and the pandemic forced a shift in industry 'thinking' and the implementation of new strategies to improve sales in 2021...

Meagan Duckitt 4 Jan 2021

RLC November retail report reveals subdued clothing retail sales
RLC November retail report reveals subdued clothing retail salesArticle

A severely subdued Black Friday, with sales down 38.0% on last year. November sales down 10.7%...

4 Jan 2021

Experian BDI improves sharply in Q3 2020 following heavily depressed Q2
Experian BDI improves sharply in Q3 2020 following heavily depressed Q2Article

Experian South Africa recently released its quarterly Business Default Index (BDI) for Q3 2020, reflecting a sharp improvement from its extremely depressed level of -3.728 in Q2, to -1.402 in Q3...

24 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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SA retail sales down 1,8% in OctoberArticle

Stats SA reports that South Africa's retail trade sales decreased by 1,8% year-on-year in October 2020...

10 Dec 2020

#BizTrends2021: The impact of the media evolution on PR and communication
#BizTrends2021: The impact of the media evolution on PR and communicationArticle

Francois van Dyk, head of operations at brand intelligence research company Ornico, tells us what he thinks communicators need to keep in mind for the coming year...

Francois van Dyk 3 Dec 2020

Global food prices rise by 3.9%
Global food prices rise by 3.9%Article

Global food commodity prices rose to a nearly six-year high in November...

3 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

Black Friday lessons provide a festive boost for local e-commerce stores
Black Friday lessons provide a festive boost for local e-commerce storesArticle

"The number of PayGate transactions saw a very solid 40% year-on-year growth this Black Friday weekend, although we didn't see any of the big spikes in transactions we have seen in previous years."

2 Dec 2020

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Global cyber week online sales hit record highArticle

Salesforce data shows global online spend of $270bn...

2 Dec 2020

PMG unleashes a new 'force' in retail sales and marketing solutions
PMG unleashes a new 'force' in retail sales and marketing solutionsArticle

Provantage Media Group has taken up a strong position in the field sales and marketing arena, thanks to the launch of a new division - Field Force...

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2020 presents a Black Friday unlike any otherArticle

It's that time of the year again, when retailers attract their biggest share of customers and increase in-store foot traffic as the festive season begins...

27 Nov 2020

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Buy local this festive season, for the sake of SA's economyArticle

People who loosen their purse strings during the upcoming holiday season and buy local instead of imported products could help improve South Africa's economic outlook...

25 Nov 2020

Why customer experience is critical during the online retail transition
Why customer experience is critical during the online retail transitionArticle

Covid-19 has fuelled development in the e-commerce space, but there is a downside to this sudden shift...

Meghan Taylor 25 Nov 2020

SA retail brands offering deals for Black Friday 2020
SA retail brands offering deals for Black Friday 2020Article

Covid-19 has interrupted regular business activities in 2020, including what's become the biggest shopping event on South Africa's retail calendar...

Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Nov 2020

RLC report unpacks fashion and homeware spend during lockdown
RLC report unpacks fashion and homeware spend during lockdownArticle

Shopping remains muted, and the market is still way off from a return to pre-lockdown levels...

19 Nov 2020

Retail sales down 2,7% in September
Retail sales down 2,7% in SeptemberArticle

Stats SA reports that South Africa's retail trade sales decreased by 2,7% year-on-year in September 2020...

18 Nov 2020

A shift in strategy on the cards for Black Friday 2020
A shift in strategy on the cards for Black Friday 2020Article

The dash deadline is looming with the 'on-your-marks-get-set-shop' the rallying cry from past years sending both online and offline sales into orbit around the likes of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Singles' Day...

Michael Smollan 12 Nov 2020

Sappi announces financial results for fourth quarter and full year
Sappi announces financial results for fourth quarter and full yearArticle

Sappi recently announced its financial results for fourth quarter and full year...

Issued by Sappi 6 Nov 2020

Beyond discounts: How tech can help keep customers happy all year round
Beyond discounts: How tech can help keep customers happy all year roundArticle

Recent consumer trends have made one thing clear: shoppers have higher expectations than ever before - and for brands looking to stay ahead, it's time to rise to the challenge of meeting them...

Robin Fisher 5 Nov 2020

How the pandemic accelerated us into the digital economy
How the pandemic accelerated us into the digital economyArticle

The coronavirus pandemic has pivoted the world to be a more digital place. For the first time, many of us worked remotely, bought groceries online and stayed in touch with family through video...

James Pomeroy 29 Oct 2020

Post-Covid world needs new approaches to tobacco taxes
Post-Covid world needs new approaches to tobacco taxesArticle

As South Africa prepares to hear Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's medium-term budget speech this week, it is becoming increasingly clear that the country needs a new post-Covid approach to the tobacco industry and the growing illicit tobacco sector.

Zacharia Motsumi 27 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

2020 global online holiday sales predicted to grow 30% - Salesforce
2020 global online holiday sales predicted to grow 30% - SalesforceArticle

Digital sales are expected to hit all-time highs and lead to strained shipping capacity as retailers grapple with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic...

21 Oct 2020

Game prepares for full month of Black Friday deals
Game prepares for full month of Black Friday dealsArticle

Game is increasing staffing levels and expanding its partnership with Uber Eats as it prepares to run a full month of Black Friday deals in November...

19 Oct 2020

Pressure remains on commercial property market post-lockdown
Pressure remains on commercial property market post-lockdownArticle

As previously expected, the Covid-19 lockdown, and resultant deep recession, has been taking its toll on the commercial property market, dragging capital growth deeper into negative territory in the first half of the year...

John Loos 16 Oct 2020

August retail sales down 4.2% YoY
August retail sales down 4.2% YoYArticle

Stats SA reports that South Africa's retail trade sales decreased by 4,2% year-on-year in August 2020...

14 Oct 2020

Data suggests Walmart is set to become the world's top retailer
Data suggests Walmart is set to become the world's top retailerArticle

Research data suggests that Walmart will become the top retailer in the world in 2020. The data indicates that Walmart will rake in $527.8bn in revenue, followed by Amazon and Costco...

8 Oct 2020

South African retailers should prepare for a predominantly online Black Friday
South African retailers should prepare for a predominantly online Black FridayArticle

There's been a massive shift from all things physical to the digital space given the Covid-19 pandemic, and this year's Black Friday will be no different...

6 Oct 2020

Vehicle sales improve slightly
Vehicle sales improve slightlyArticle

"The ongoing albeit slow improvement in new vehicle sales in South Africa, in line with the decreasing lockdown levels, is welcome..."

2 Oct 2020

The Covid-driven surge in online grocery shopping
The Covid-driven surge in online grocery shoppingArticle

E-commerce will permanently benefit from people wanting to, or being forced to, socially distance themselves. One of the sub-sectors in this space is online grocery shopping...

Ross Jenvey 22 Sep 2020

#DoBizZA: Buy local, drink responsibly to kickstart craft beer recovery
#DoBizZA: Buy local, drink responsibly to kickstart craft beer recoveryArticle

With tasting rooms shut for months and retail sales restricted, many local breweries have shed jobs, and some have been forced to shut down entirely...

Lauren Hartzenberg 21 Sep 2020

Creativity on the march across the retail landscape
Creativity on the march across the retail landscapeArticle

Creativity is on the march across the retail landscape as sector players get to grips with shifting consumer values and influences in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic...

15 Sep 2020

Fast-tracking the future of shopping malls
Fast-tracking the future of shopping mallsArticle

Is the long-imagined retail apocalypse on our doorstep? If you have entered a shopping mall recently, you might begin to think so...

Lars Veul 8 Sep 2020

Broll report looks at SA's shifting last-mile delivery landscape
Broll report looks at SA's shifting last-mile delivery landscapeArticle

As technology accelerates the customer online order experience, the final leg, or 'last mile' expectation of efficient and scheduled on-time delivery has become one of the defining measures of customer service...

1 Sep 2020

Covid-19 has hit SMEs in SA's food sector hard. What can be done to help them
Covid-19 has hit SMEs in SA's food sector hard. What can be done to help themArticle

Covid-19 has prompted widespread discussion of the resilience of food systems and how efficiency and competitiveness have been previously understood...

Andrew Bowman and Reena das Nair 1 Sep 2020

How Dis-Chem customers changed their shopping behaviour during lockdown
How Dis-Chem customers changed their shopping behaviour during lockdownArticle

Dis-Chem said online sales grew 344% from 1 March to 15 August. "Covid-19 has matured the e-commerce environment and consumer adaption by 3 to 5 years," the group said...

26 Aug 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

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