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Andrew Jennings on surviving the era of digital retail
Andrew Jennings on surviving the era of digital retail

Andrew Jennings, the former group MD of Woolworths, recently shared valuable survival lessons for retail brands under siege in the digital age...

2 days ago

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

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

Experience trumps channel
Experience trumps channel

Brands need to show up in relevant environments with tailored offerings and a seamless purchasing journey...

By Refilwe Maluleke 6 May 2019

Retailers must leverage online and offline tactics to succeed
Retailers must leverage online and offline tactics to succeed

Now that we're in the ninth year of what's dramatically been dubbed 'the retail apocalypse', local retailers have felt the pinch...

By Michael Zahariev 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

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

Customer satisfaction is not enough. Delight your customers!
Customer satisfaction is not enough. Delight your customers!

Customer satisfaction is simply no longer enough to ensure business success. Customers want to feel important, engaged and valued. They don't want to be satisfied - they want to be delighted!...

By Mornay Roberts-Lombard 23 Apr 2019

Are brands living up to client expectations?
Are brands living up to client expectations?

Right now it is vitally important for us to understand what the changes are in consumer's expectations, how we work around them or modify our offerings to suit their needs, while still continuing to grow in the market...

By Jedd Cokayne 23 Apr 2019

Up, close and very personalised
Up, close and very personalised

The shift to a more individualised society that values experiences more than goods has resulted in a strong drive towards personalisation...

By Refilwe Maluleke 23 Apr 2019

Six steps to successful customer relationship management
Six steps to successful customer relationship management

As Easter looms businesses are looking for powerful ways to promote their goods and activate more sales. This should include beefing up customer relationship management (CMR) systems to streamline communication with potential clients and encourage more sales. Here are six steps to sprucing up your CRM and captivating customers at every touch point along the way...

By Eben Esterhuizen 16 Apr 2019

Macy's new creative in-store retail concept, Story
Macy's new creative in-store retail concept, Story

Macy's new Instagram-friendly retail concept shop, Story, has launched in 36 stores across the United States. The narrative-driven space opened with 'Colour' as its inaugural theme...

12 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

"We are what we see" - Marian Salzman
"We are what we see" - Marian Salzman

International trends spotter Marian Salzman joined local trend analysts Nicola Cooper and Khumo Theko in highlighting the top pop culture trends affecting females at an event held at Inner City Ideas Cartel in Cape Town last month...

By Juanita Pienaar 1 Apr 2019

Consumer demand at the forefront of African business priorities
Consumer demand at the forefront of African business priorities

There are interesting shifts in African manufacturer and retailer business priorities and a growing appreciation for the fact that no one-size-fits-all approach is enough to ensure ongoing success in sub-Saharan Africa...

28 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

Mike Joubert of the Billybo Group, in action on the eCommerce Africa 2019 stage.
#ECO19: Unpack why your brand story matters before you start telling it

In a talk titled 'Why your story matters', in the 'driving demand' track of the fifth eCommerce Africa conference, attendees heard from Mike Joubert, founder of the Billybo Group. Dubbed a godfather in SA brands and marketing, he walked us through the virtue of storytelling and why it matters, while shedding light through examples from some of the greatest commercial stories ever told...

By Leigh Andrews 20 Mar 2019

#SeamlessSA: A holistic approach to delivering great retail customer experience
#SeamlessSA: A holistic approach to delivering great retail customer experience

Opening her presentation at Seamless Southern Africa, Edcon's Lauren King shared her understanding of customer experience...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 Mar 2019

Chantel Botha of BrandLove in action at eCommerce Africa 2019.
#ECO19: Why brands need to create emotional experiences for Generation CX

The eCommerce Africa conference kicked off at CTICC on 19 March with a keynote session by Chantel Botha, founder of BrandLove, titled: 'More than a feeling, on why CX is the #1 competitive differentiator'. Here's what you missed...

By Leigh Andrews 19 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: Ink Eze's 5 actionable tips to grow an online community
#SeamlessSA: Ink Eze's 5 actionable tips to grow an online community

Nigerian entrepreneur Ink Eze knows how to grow an online community: her wedding community Bella Naija Weddings has over three million followers on Instagram...

By Maroefah Smith 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

Is your organisation customer centric?
Is your organisation customer centric?

By the year 2020, poor customer experiences will destroy 30% of digital business projects. Will yours be one of them? What does it mean to be customer-centric?...

14 Mar 2019

#SeamlessSA: 6 questions to ask if you want more from your store
#SeamlessSA: 6 questions to ask if you want more from your store

Product of the Year South Africa's CEO Preetesh Sewraj shares think points on using design and insights to get more out of your physical stores...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 14 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

Loyalty is about more than just points
Loyalty is about more than just points

An effective loyalty programme will positively influence the relationship between a service provider and the customer through rewards and incentives - but the days of offering points as the frontline reward are long gone...

8 Mar 2019

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