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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

DHL launches Africa eShop, connecting global brands with African shoppers
DHL launches Africa eShop, connecting global brands with African shoppers

DHL Express has launched Africa eShop, a platform enabling customers to shop directly from more than 200 US- and UK-based online retailers...

11 Apr 2019

The need for speed in modern retail
The need for speed in modern retail

In an age where leisure time is an increasingly precious commodity, customers are placing an even greater premium on convenience...

By Refilwe Maluleke 8 Apr 2019

PwC releases consumer insights survey for 2019
PwC releases consumer insights survey for 2019

Anton Hugo, retail & consumer leader for PwC Africa and associate directors Rashaad Fortune and Andries Geertsema presented PwC's 2019 Global Consumer Insights Survey at the Peech Hotel in Johannesburg on 3 April...

3 Apr 2019

African retailers have the opportunity to re-imagine a data-driven sector
African retailers have the opportunity to re-imagine a data-driven sector

Transforming retail starts with the business model, not the technology...

By Toros Esim 27 Mar 2019

#ECO19: How to build and sustain the trust of the online consumer
#ECO19: How to build and sustain the trust of the online consumer

The key to building and sustaining the trust of the online consumer is to focus your business entirely on them, says Platinum Seed's Bradley Elliott...

By Maroefah Smith 25 Mar 2019

#ECO19: Is your mobile commerce strategy excluding the mass market?
#ECO19: Is your mobile commerce strategy excluding the mass market?

When you design for mobile, consider who you're building for. For the small percentage with beautiful, high-end phones, or for 61% of the market?

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Mar 2019

#SeamlessSA: 6 steps to starting an e-commerce store in South Africa
#SeamlessSA: 6 steps to starting an e-commerce store in South Africa

Starting an e-commerce store in South Africa can be a tricky minefield. Luckily, Insaka E-Commerce Academy CEO Warrick Kernes let us in on his six top steps to starting an online business...

By Maroefah Smith 22 Mar 2019

2019 Research Conference to unpack retail trends, tech and the 'Afripolitan' consumer
2019 Research Conference to unpack retail trends, tech and the 'Afripolitan' consumer

The 9th Annual South African Council of Shopping Centres Research Conference, a mainstay event on SA's shopping centre and retail industry calendar, is set to take place at the Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg on 3 April...

19 Mar 2019

#SeamlessSA: Physical retail needs to step up
#SeamlessSA: Physical retail needs to step up

Traditional brick and mortar retailers still have a future despite the boom in online retail, but they have to be open to change...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 18 Mar 2019

#SeamlessSA: Strategic partnerships key to seamless payment ecosystem
#SeamlessSA: Strategic partnerships key to seamless payment ecosystem

Strategic partnerships between payment services are crucial in ensuring that the payment ecosystem is seamless...

By Maroefah Smith 15 Mar 2019

The Waterpod: improving access to affordable drinking water in Africa
The Waterpod: improving access to affordable drinking water in Africa

The Waterpod could be Africa's answer to providing access to safe, affordable drinking water, while at the same time fighting the environmental scourge of single-use plastics...

Issued by Bluewater 15 Mar 2019

8 trends driving innovation in sub-Saharan Africa
8 trends driving innovation in sub-Saharan Africa

Across all consumer industries, innovation in sub-Saharan Africa is seeing new products and services offered to address challenges the continent faces...

12 Mar 2019

Kobus du Plooy, CEO of Celbux
Mobile wallets still have a way to go

Mobile wallets just haven't lived up to expectations...

6 Mar 2019

Algorithms are maximising profits for online retailers by colluding to keep prices high
Algorithms are maximising profits for online retailers by colluding to keep prices high

Have you ever searched for a product online in the morning and gone back to look at it again in the evening only to find the price has changed?

By Graeme McLean 5 Mar 2019

Why the rise of digital commerce holds promise for Africa
Why the rise of digital commerce holds promise for Africa

80 million young people will benefit from the rise of digital commerce in Africa by 2030, according to a new report released by the Mastercard Foundation in partnership with BFA...

28 Feb 2019

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