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Faithful to Nature crowns SA's favourite eco-conscious brands
Faithful to Nature crowns SA's favourite eco-conscious brands

Faithful to Nature has revealed the winners of its inaugural Eco Awards, a competition introduced to highlight the brands committed to demonstrating and promoting conscious consumption and eco-friendly, ethical products...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 6 hours ago

#BizTrends2019: 5 trends shaping the fresh produce sector
#BizTrends2019: 5 trends shaping the fresh produce sector

The fresh produce industry's characteristics can easily be defined by those of its products - quick turnaround and short shelve life. It is definitely not an easy game...

By Lindie Stroebel 12 hours ago

#BizTrends2019: Shopping the future, right now
#BizTrends2019: Shopping the future, right now

Technology is the single most important investment that retailers need to make, in order to ensure that their fashion stores stay relevant...

By Robyn Cooke 17 Jan 2019

Leo van de Polder on expanding the Shop network in South Africa
Leo van de Polder on expanding the Shop network in South Africa

With a presence in more than 20 countries, the Shop Association's purpose is to empower its members with ongoing education, networking opportunities and real-world insights...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 16 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Selling to the other 98% - the move to physical retail
#BizTrends2019: Selling to the other 98% - the move to physical retail

We believed that e-commerce was such an obviously better way of shopping. We were wrong...

By Andrew Smith 16 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Africa's consumers - connected, in control, and hungry for convenience
#BizTrends2019: Africa's consumers - connected, in control, and hungry for convenience

Shopping - love it or hate it, it's nearly impossible to escape the banality or adventure that competes for consumers' precious time. It takes us away from the things we would rather be doing...

By Ailsa Wingfield 14 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Don't miss out on Google Shopping power because of poor feeds
#BizTrends2019: Don't miss out on Google Shopping power because of poor feeds

Google Shopping and Facebook Dynamic Product Ads are a powerful way for retailers to reach new customers and drive sales...

By Andrew Smit 14 Jan 2019

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Woolworths, Ubuntu Baba saga contains digital lessons for brands of all sizes

South African social media has been in an uproar following allegations that Woolworths had stolen the design of a baby carrier made by a local entrepreneur. This a typical David vs Goliath story. While that may be true, the saga contains digital lessons for brands of all sizes...

By Vumani Ncube 10 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: 5 trends stirring the liquor business
#BizTrends2019: 5 trends stirring the liquor business

There has been a seismic shift in consumer behaviour over the past few decades, and we're seeing it in the world of drinks too...

By Rowan Leibbrandt 9 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: 4 key trends that will continue to shape convenience retail in 2019
#BizTrends2019: 4 key trends that will continue to shape convenience retail in 2019

As convenience retail continues to grow as an industry sector, retailers must remain focused on the most significant trends that will see their businesses flourish...

By Joe Boyle 8 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: From mobile e-commerce to AI - the top 5 trends driving SA consumers in 2019
#BizTrends2019: From mobile e-commerce to AI - the top 5 trends driving SA consumers in 2019

In all our years of watching and researching consumer trends, this is the first time that the evidence we are gathering points to an overwhelming digital influence...

By Gareth Pearson 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Will South African e-commerce take the step up in 2019?
#BizTrends2019: Will South African e-commerce take the step up in 2019?

We've been sitting on the cusp of a huge wave of growth in online retail for many years now. The deluge of new customers has still not arrived, but consistent organic growth has been relatively good...

By Kevin Tucker 7 Jan 2019

Turkish fashion retailer LC Waikiki eyes growth in South Africa
Turkish fashion retailer LC Waikiki eyes growth in South Africa

Turkish-based global fashion chain LC Waikiki has just opened its third South African store. The new branch, located at Tyger Valley Shopping Centre, follows store openings in Menlyn Park and Sandton City...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 Dec 2018

Nicola Cooper, senior trend analyst and cultural strategist at Nicola Cooper & Associates.
#BizTrends2019: South African business, meet your future consumer

With the majority of South African consumers being under the age of 21, we cannot look to Gen Z or those younger as our 'future' consumer. Gen Z is already entering varsity and/or the work environment, which means our 'future' consumers are even younger...

By Nicola Cooper 18 Dec 2018

RunwaySale's runaway success
RunwaySale's runaway success

RunwaySale was born from a love of affordable designer brands. The two dynamos behind this business combined their international experience to give South Africans access to premium brands...

By Eugene Yiga 13 Dec 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: the legendary supermarket of Barbra Streisand
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: the legendary supermarket of Barbra Streisand

On her breakthrough 1963 debut album, Streisand resurrected a Cole Porter gem 'Come to the Supermarket'. Malta may not be the old Peking of the lyric but it has the German supermarket brand...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 30 Nov 2018

#ATFexpo2018: Buy less, spend more - the case for luxury fashion
#ATFexpo2018: Buy less, spend more - the case for luxury fashion

With a quick-throwaway culture defining the fast fashion era, investing in quality, handcrafted goods that are designed to last is one way consumers can shop more sustainably...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 27 Nov 2018

#EntrepreneurMonth: Much more than make-up with Mud Cosmetics
#EntrepreneurMonth: Much more than make-up with Mud Cosmetics

Beyond its reputation as a quality cosmetics brand in the professional makeup industry, what gives Make-Up Designory (MUD) Cosmetics the edge is that its roots lie in education...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 26 Nov 2018

Before we talk about e-commerce in SA, let's define it properly
Before we talk about e-commerce in SA, let's define it properly

Experts are divided about both the state and the future of e-commerce in South Africa. Some big brands, like Massmart, have elected not to establish an online store here...

By Claire Cobbledick 26 Nov 2018

#ShopperInsights2019: Moving to frictionless commerce
#ShopperInsights2019: Moving to frictionless commerce

Online retail is part of the much bigger picture of frictionless commerce where online is moving offline and offline to online. Driving this is time and convenience...

By Danette Breitenbach 12 Nov 2018

#ShopperInsights2019: Innovation drives brand success at shelf
#ShopperInsights2019: Innovation drives brand success at shelf

Lindt is a premium brand growing in a declining market. A luxury product generally bought as a gift, the brand launched a cheaper version catering to personal indulgence. Not only did this expand...

By Danette Breitenbach 9 Nov 2018

#ShopperInsights2019: I love you, but...
#ShopperInsights2019: I love you, but...

Despite retailers widening their repertoire, baskets are shrinking as tough times for shoppers dictate more planning and less impulse shopping...

By Danette Breitenbach 8 Nov 2018

Introducing myTFGworld - SA's new multibrand online marketplace
Introducing myTFGworld - SA's new multibrand online marketplace

To amplify its online shopping presence, TFG has relaunched its e-commerce platform as a marketplace called myTFGworld.com...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 7 Nov 2018

#GoogleRetail: No room for silos in omnichannel retail
#GoogleRetail: No room for silos in omnichannel retail

We're in living in an omnichannel world. We use a number of different paths to get to the products, info and services that we want. Search has become intuitive...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 6 Nov 2018

#EntrepreneurMonth: Traditional textiles from Turkey, with love
#EntrepreneurMonth: Traditional textiles from Turkey, with love

The hammam towel is a perennial Turkish accessory that's prized for its myriad of uses. Said to have been traditionally used in the super-hot Turkish baths, they needed to be durable and good at drying...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 5 Nov 2018

#FoodNextAfrica: How to ensure sustainable growth of plant-based foods
#FoodNextAfrica: How to ensure sustainable growth of plant-based foods

With the population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, the search has intensified for alternative protein sources to not only feed us all, but to do so sustainably by minimising the environmental impact...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 Nov 2018

Retail and etail to work as a team not the opposition
Retail and etail to work as a team not the opposition

In South Africa, going to a mall is part of our culture - particularly in Johannesburg where there seems to be a mall on every street corner. Malls entertain visitors with restaurants and coffee shops...

By Julia Ahlfeldt 23 Oct 2018

Individualisation: The powerful trend shaping retail customer experience
Individualisation: The powerful trend shaping retail customer experience

Rising inflation. Record petrol prices. A VAT increase. A technical recession. SA consumers are feeling the pinch...

By Ian Steyn 18 Oct 2018

Job creation is a team effort
Job creation is a team effort

The franchise sector continues to grow healthily, according to the survey results recently released by Fasa. That sounds as if we should be in a good position to answer the president's call to create jobs...

By Richard Mukheibir 15 Oct 2018

Yuppiechef's foray into physical retail continues with flagship V&A opening
Yuppiechef's foray into physical retail continues with flagship V&A opening

Kitchen and homeware retailer Yuppiechef opened the doors to its new flagship store in V&A Waterfront on 1 October...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 15 Oct 2018

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