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#AfricaMonth: Mobiz, the startup changing how SA corporates talk to customers
#AfricaMonth: Mobiz, the startup changing how SA corporates talk to customers

Mobiz is an innovative South African startup combining the ubiquity of SMS with the visual power of the web...

By Evan-Lee Courie 1 day ago

L'Oréal teams up with Alibaba for AI-based app targeting acne sufferers
L'Oréal teams up with Alibaba for AI-based app targeting acne sufferers

L'Oréal and Alibaba Group have joined forces to launch an AI-powered mobile app designed to diagnose acne, to be made available on Alibaba's Tmall and Taobao mobile app next month...

3 days ago

5 ways to ensure a more profitable future in retail
5 ways to ensure a more profitable future in retail

It's clear that the retail landscape is in a state of major transformation. Thanks to disruptive technologies and changing consumer behaviour, traditional retailers are under increasing pressure...

By Pieter Engelbrecht 21 May 2019

#AfricaMonth: Alain Dos Santos on growing Montblanc's luxury legacy in Africa
#AfricaMonth: Alain Dos Santos on growing Montblanc's luxury legacy in Africa

While a growing number of international brands are waking up to the promise of Africa as a valuable market for luxury goods, Montblanc has been steadily growing its presence on the continent for close to 30 years...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 May 2019

Burger King and @Dylantero invite all Twitch fans to cook their own Whopper online
Burger King and @Dylantero invite all Twitch fans to cook their own Whopper online

The pioneer initiative, targeted to the 1.5 million Twitch users in Chile, wants to bring them all together so their comments build a custom burger which will be sold at selected Burger King restaurants...

Issued by Burger King 17 May 2019

5 technologies transforming the online ticketing business
5 technologies transforming the online ticketing business

As a sub-industry of online retail, ticketing and event management are being shaped to engage consumers in unprecedented ways...

By James Tagg 16 May 2019

The most valuable global retail brands for 2019
The most valuable global retail brands for 2019

The results of the second annual BrandZ Top 75 Most Valuable Global Retail Brands have been revealed. The research shows that the world's most valuable retail brands are worth $339 billion more...

14 May 2019

Rwandan startup Ared expands micro-franchising model to Uganda
Rwandan startup Ared expands micro-franchising model to Uganda

Rwandan PaaS (platform as a service) startup Ared has marked its first international expansion by setting up 10 women-run 'smart business in a box' solar-powered kiosks in Uganda...

13 May 2019

Is it time to refresh your digital signage network?
Is it time to refresh your digital signage network?

Like any other technology investment, digital signage networks need to be maintained and updated...

Issued by Moving Tactics 10 May 2019

Nike's new app feature helps customers find the perfect fit
Nike's new app feature helps customers find the perfect fit

Nike has launched a new in-app scanning solution in the US, called Nike Fit, that provides customers with their recommended shoe size in each of the company's footwear products...

10 May 2019

The power of tech for cross-border trade
The power of tech for cross-border trade

Marshall McLuhan is better known for creating the term 'global village', a description that describes how borders have effectively disappeared...

By Mike Higley 10 May 2019

Successful retail chatbot interactions to grow eightfold by 2023
Successful retail chatbot interactions to grow eightfold by 2023

The global number of successful retail chatbot interactions will reach 22 billion by 2023, up from an estimated 2.6 billion in 2019, as AI offers compelling new engagement solutions...

9 May 2019

How to ensure batch traceability in your food process
How to ensure batch traceability in your food process

The ability of food manufacturers to recall contaminated food products was publicly tested last year during the Listeriosis outbreak. In addition to processed meat products, frozen corn and eggs were also whipped off shelves...

By Deirdre Fryer 6 May 2019

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4 trends impacting point of purchase strategy

One of our Shop members, Leon Nicholas, VP of retail insights and solutions at Westrock, explains the importance of POP and describe 4 big trends in the area of the retail environment...

By Leo Van De Polder 6 May 2019

Trends shaping skincare and aesthetics - Part 1
Trends shaping skincare and aesthetics - Part 1

I've recently returned from Cosmoprof that took place in Bologna, Italy, with ideas on tap - treatments, products and devices that I'm bursting to import from different corners of the world...

By Tzvia Hermann 3 May 2019

Q&A: Marko Salic on digitally transforming retail and supply chain solutions
Q&A: Marko Salic on digitally transforming retail and supply chain solutions

Argility is a South African enterprise software development and services company focussing on using industry 4.0 technologies in the retail and supply chain arena...

By Evan-Lee Courie 3 May 2019

IRL: AI powers Walmart's store of the future
IRL: AI powers Walmart's store of the future

Over the past few months, a Walmart Neighborhood Market in New York has quietly transformed into the company's first Intelligent Retail Lab...

2 May 2019

Builders reveals new store prototype in Boksburg
Builders reveals new store prototype in Boksburg

A new store prototype developed by Builders Warehouse made its debut at the newly-opened Boksburg outlet this week, offering 3D printing, flatpack furniture, a smart home hub, and other new features.

2 May 2019

Phygital: 6 ways to adapt, or die
Phygital: 6 ways to adapt, or die

Innovative phygital business models, where bricks and mortar and digital seamlessly integrate, are popping up across the globe. But the best phygital experiences still remain aligned with old-school sales strategies...

By Eben Esterhuizen 30 Apr 2019

#CNILux: Creating Noonoouri - high fashion's virtual darling
#CNILux: Creating Noonoouri - high fashion's virtual darling

Immaculately-dressed, globe-trotting and adorably doll-like, Noonoouri has made an enviable splash in the world of high fashion - but she only exists on the web...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Apr 2019

Drinks delivery app Quench expands to Gauteng and KZN
Drinks delivery app Quench expands to Gauteng and KZN

Alcohol delivery app Quench has launched in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal with a new redesigned app. The business has been delivering cold alcoholic beverages to customers in the Western Cape since 2016...

26 Apr 2019

Defy ramps up SA production with R1bn investment
Defy ramps up SA production with R1bn investment

Home appliance brand Defy, a subsidiary of Arcelik Global, has invested more than R1billion in upgrading three local production centres to serve as its strategic manufacturing hub...

25 Apr 2019

Small e-commerce companies ideally positioned to weather the slowdown
Small e-commerce companies ideally positioned to weather the slowdown

As South Africa continues its longest downward cycle in many decades, local business owners are actively looking for ways to shore up...

By Brendon Williamson 25 Apr 2019

AI systems are prepared to learn - but are we ready to teach them?
AI systems are prepared to learn - but are we ready to teach them?

Artificial intelligence could transform retail beyond recognition - but only if teaching is part of the rollout strategy...

By Jonathan McCabe 25 Apr 2019

Hey Siri! Why are food retailers so slow to embrace technology?
Hey Siri! Why are food retailers so slow to embrace technology?

Your own voice will likely become the most significant focus for food retailers and restaurants over the next little while. Voice searches are increasingly becoming the norm...

By Sylvain Charlebois 23 Apr 2019

How to protect yourself from the latest online security threat - formjacking
How to protect yourself from the latest online security threat - formjacking

The latest Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report lists formjacking as one of the most dangerous attacks in the history of cybercrime...

23 Apr 2019

Skip the queue, earn rewards with Kauai's new app
Skip the queue, earn rewards with Kauai's new app

Health food chain Kauai has launched a new app that lets customers order ahead, skip the queue and earn rewards...

23 Apr 2019

Landmark NYSE listing for Africa's unicorn, Jumia
Landmark NYSE listing for Africa's unicorn, Jumia

Pan-African e-commerce platform, Jumia, has become the first African startup to list on the New York Stock Exchange...

15 Apr 2019

Retailers expected to pump $12bn into AI by 2023
Retailers expected to pump $12bn into AI by 2023

Global spending by retailers on artificial intelligence (AI) services will reach $12 billion by 2023, up from an estimated $3.6 billion in 2019...

12 Apr 2019

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