A simpler, smarter life through AI
A simpler, smarter life through AI

When you think about artificial intelligence and how it will impact our daily life, what are the images you conjure up? Intelligent robot companions that clean and cook and keep you company? A disembodied voice that controls your car...

By Vaughan Rowsell 19 Sep 2018

6 top tips for effective customer engagement on mobile
6 top tips for effective customer engagement on mobile

Speaking at this year's annual PriceCheck Awards ceremony, CEO Kevin Tucker noted that the Tech and E-commerce Awards are more important than ever before...

By Lynette Hundermark 18 Sep 2018

Finalists revealed for Sunday Times Lifestyle Gin Awards
Finalists revealed for Sunday Times Lifestyle Gin Awards

The eight finalists for the Sunday Times Lifestyle Gin Awards have been announced, whittled down by the judging panel from 74 local and international entries...

18 Sep 2018

Drop in SA consumer confidence squeezes spending
Drop in SA consumer confidence squeezes spending

South Africans are under financial pressure, as indicated by the latest consumer confidence data...

18 Sep 2018

Challenges in the rapid digitisation of Africa
Challenges in the rapid digitisation of Africa

African countries need to develop a policy response to the digital economy as it will have a profound impact on industrialisation...

18 Sep 2018

What's really driving the future of retail?
What's really driving the future of retail?

Many predictions about the future of retailing have been made. These range from the supposed dominance of certain technologies, to increased use of data and analytics...

By Jason Pallant 17 Sep 2018

Don't talk to me, talk to my chatbot
Don't talk to me, talk to my chatbot

We've all heard about chatbots. Some of us might even have interacted with one without knowing it! But what are they all about and what is the potential of this artificial intelligence for brands?...

By Belinda Kayton 17 Sep 2018

Why and how retailers turn everyday items into 'must-have' collectables
Why and how retailers turn everyday items into 'must-have' collectables

Coles' recent "Little Shop collectables" promotion has proved a hit with consumers, with entire sets of the toy products selling online for exorbitant prices...

By Louise Grimmer and Martin Grimmer 14 Sep 2018

Give your brand the space to grow on Bizcommunity
Give your brand the space to grow on Bizcommunity

Give your brand the space to blossom on the biggest B2B website, catering to 18 professional industry sectors and niche audiences across Africa...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 14 Sep 2018

Can Nikes really help you run faster?
Can Nikes really help you run faster?

A new study on branding has a surprising answer...

By Doron Malka 13 Sep 2018

Suited up for the hunger games
Suited up for the hunger games

In case you missed it, season six of Survivor had a glorious immunity special, where the island dwellers were treated to a full Steers experience...

Issued by DNA Brand Architects 12 Sep 2018

SA's growing appetite for convenience an opportunity for retailers, manufacturers
SA's growing appetite for convenience an opportunity for retailers, manufacturers

South African consumers are facing an increasingly stressful, time-starved lifestyle which has created a burgeoning demand for convenient solutions that can help simplify their lives...

12 Sep 2018

Slide 202 of Youth Report (2018). UCT Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing & Instant Grass International.
#YouthReport2018: Smarter-than-you-think millennial coping strategies and life hacks

Not familiar with brand polygamy, Finstagram and Twitter suicides? You're not alone. In the final session at the launch of the UCT Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing's Youth Report 2018, Dali Tembo, MD of Instant Grass International, explained how marketers can tap into the coping strategies of today's youth...

By Leigh Andrews 11 Sep 2018

Online spend in SA will hit R45bn in 2018, and consumers are shopping the globe
Online spend in SA will hit R45bn in 2018, and consumers are shopping the globe

South Africans are forecasted to spend over R45 billion online this year, with over 60% making a purchase from an overseas retailer...

11 Sep 2018

Spree brand to fold into Superbalist in October
Spree brand to fold into Superbalist in October

The announcement in June that SA's online fashion juggernauts, Spree and Superbalist, will merge into one focused platform, left many questions regarding the branding of the new entity.

10 Sep 2018

Are on-pack promos still relevant in the digital age?
Are on-pack promos still relevant in the digital age?

Even though the positive impact of digital transformation has been lauded, there are still instances where more traditional approaches are preferred...

By Kirstie Weber 10 Sep 2018

Cadbury reminisces on 80 years in South Africa
Cadbury reminisces on 80 years in South Africa

September 2018 marks 80 years that Cadbury Dairy Milk has been enjoyed in South Africa. The chocolate brand will be celebrating the anniversary by launching eight heritage packs, showcasing some of its designs throughout its history...

7 Sep 2018

How to use tech to drive innovation in traditional retail
How to use tech to drive innovation in traditional retail

For years, the threat of online shopping to brick-and-mortar has dominated the conversation in retail. The 2010s saw technological devices become more savvy and buying things online became easy...

By Sebastian Isaac 6 Sep 2018

2Sales CEO, Helmut Rieder. © .
#NewBiz: 2Sales acquired by Wunderman

WPP's wholly-owned global digital agency, Wunderman, has acquired 2Sales International SA, an e-commerce consulting agency...

6 Sep 2018

Heidi Patmore, a tech marketing consultant up on the Heavy Chef stage. Image supplied by Heavy Chef.
#Sextech: Smart condoms, KinkBNB and VR porn (Part 1)

Heavy Chef invited Heidi Patmore, to talk about an incendiary topic: sextech, and how it is irrevocably impacting our lives...

By Juanita Pienaar 5 Sep 2018

Packaging design for SA's competitive private label category
Packaging design for SA's competitive private label category

Premium private label products are popping up everywhere, despite tough economic conditions in South Africa. Clever retailers are clawing back profit margins by expanding their current private label offerings...

5 Sep 2018

5 ways CX is emotional rather than rational
5 ways CX is emotional rather than rational

Brendon Bairstow-Klopper suggests that it is more sensible to take a macro-level view by practising the peak-end rule. The peak-end rule says that customers remember their peak-experience with a brand, rather than specific interactions...

By Brendon Bairstow-Klopper 4 Sep 2018

Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards 2018 winners revealed
Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards 2018 winners revealed

Takealot cleaned up at this year's Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards, bagging four of the 14 awards presented, including the coveted E-commerce Service of the Year...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 31 Aug 2018

Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, UNCTAD Secretary-General.
Africa has phenomenal potential for intra-continental trade

When at least 22 countries ratify it, AfCFTA will officially come into force, potentially making the African continent the largest trading bloc in the world...

By Zipporah Musau 30 Aug 2018

Nielsen Smartstore: Keeping up with shoppers today and tomorrow
Nielsen Smartstore: Keeping up with shoppers today and tomorrow

Shoppers are changing at such a rapid pace, and while there are many methodologies to understand shoppers, a tool to help us move with the rapidly changing shoppers is needed...

By Danette Breitenbach 29 Aug 2018

Enhancing the in-store experience through personalisation
Enhancing the in-store experience through personalisation

For South African retailers, the ability to effectively utilise the data at their disposal using sophisticated technology will be fundamental to remaining competitive with personalised in-store customer experiences...

By Gareth Hawkey 27 Aug 2018

Leveraging strategic partnerships to move from bricks to clicks
Leveraging strategic partnerships to move from bricks to clicks

To mirror the success of newer, online stores, large retailers are looking to modernise by establishing parallel online presences...

By Jaqueline van Eeden 23 Aug 2018

#Loeries2018: Welcome to the hypermarket
#Loeries2018: Welcome to the hypermarket

The second speaker at the 2018 DStv Seminar of Creativity was Lethepu Matshaba, vice president of Homecare Southern Africa at Unilever SA, who spoke on the relevance of creativity in a hyper-fragmented world...

By Angie White 17 Aug 2018

#NewCampaign: Shield is going for gold at the Sport Industry Awards
#NewCampaign: Shield is going for gold at the Sport Industry Awards

Shield announced yesterday that it has been nominated for 'Best New Sponsorship' and 'Campaign of the Year' at this year's Sport Industry Awards taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre this Friday, 17 August...

By Jessica Tennant 14 Aug 2018

Jane Raphaely encourages women to ask 'Why not?'
Jane Raphaely encourages women to ask 'Why not?'

In her opening keynote at the Marie Claire Power Summit, Jane Raphaely noted that every day should be Women's Day. "Yesterday we lived in a man's world. Today we live in a woman's world... I've seen many things happen and I am yet to see women achieving true equality..." Here's what she believes we ought to do about it...

By Jessica Tennant 9 Aug 2018

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