Revolutionise the informal retail space with intelligent tech
Revolutionise the informal retail space with intelligent tech

Intelligent technology helps to improve the safety of salespeople in the main market ecosystem during the ongoing health crisis and enhances efficiency and profitability across the chain, says MacMobile's MD...

Andrew DawsonBy Andrew Dawson 5 Jul 2021

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Challenging 6 informal sector myths

Technology liberates. To understand if the informal sector is ready to adopt tech innovation, certain myths need to shattered, says Kim Furman from Synthesis...

Kim FurmanBy Kim Furman 12 Apr 2021

#DoBizZa: digiToken, the app driving economic activity in the informal market
#DoBizZa: digiToken, the app driving economic activity in the informal market

digiToken is a new and convenient platform that enables consumers to buy airtime, electricity and water online - all from the comfort of your home by practising safe social distancing...

Evan-Lee CourieBy Evan-Lee Courie 18 Sep 2020

The FMCG main market - deploying technology in the new normal
The FMCG main market - deploying technology in the new normal

Globally, the fast-moving consumer goods market had to quickly adjust to the challenges that came with conducting a business in a world of social distancing, hand sanitiser and masks...

Andrew DawsonBy Andrew Dawson 28 Aug 2020

#BizTrends2020: The future of retailing in sub-Saharan Africa
#BizTrends2020: The future of retailing in sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 14% of the world's population and by 2030, the region's population will surpass that of China. The way consumers shop in the region is ever-changing...

Christele ChokossaBy Christele Chokossa 8 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Africa's double-edged consumer demand
#BizTrends2020: Africa's double-edged consumer demand

Africa's consumer landscape is fragmented and polarised, characterised by the double-edged demand of a diverse base of consumers...

Ailsa WingfieldBy Ailsa Wingfield 6 Jan 2020

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...

Claire CobbledickBy Claire Cobbledick 26 Nov 2018

The "end" of the shopkeeper (and other retail trends)
The "end" of the shopkeeper (and other retail trends)

Self-service retail is swooping across the globe; from online shopping to self-checkout, there's a growing trend in retail environments that focuses on driving efficient and seamless processes to enhance service and CX...

Wynand SmitBy Wynand Smit 29 Aug 2018

Kenyan e-commerce startup Sokowatch raises $2m seed round
Kenyan e-commerce startup Sokowatch raises $2m seed round

Kenyan B2B e-commerce startup Sokowatch has closed a $2 million seed round to further expand its customer base across East Africa while also piloting additional value-added services for shops...

Tom JacksonBy Tom Jackson 30 Jul 2018

Kenyan startup Tanda launches inventory-management solution
Kenyan startup Tanda launches inventory-management solution

Kenyan startup Tanda, which makes it easier to run a shop by allowing shop owners to order and manage their inventory, has formally launched after a four-month pilot...

Tom JacksonBy Tom Jackson 6 Jun 2018

Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing
Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing

Kenyan agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has partnered IBM Research to extend access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system...

Tom JacksonBy Tom Jackson 19 Apr 2018

SA mobile startup helps informal traders compare and order stock
SA mobile startup helps informal traders compare and order stock

South African startup Last Mile for BoP is rolling out a mobile application that enables informal traders to compare bulk prices and order stock from their phone...

Tom JacksonBy Tom Jackson 24 Jul 2017

The future of retail: Sales rooms not showrooms
The future of retail: Sales rooms not showrooms

If retailers want to continue to attract consumers to their bricks-and-mortar outlets, they're going to have to start thinking of their outlets as sales rooms, rather than showrooms.

David RossBy David Ross 29 Apr 2014

[2013 trends] Malls set to 'mobilise' consumers like never before
[2013 trends] Malls set to 'mobilise' consumers like never before

All early indicators seem to confirm that December 2012 was a relatively good year for the mall environment. Certainly not a 'shoot the lights out' result but stable, single digit growth nonetheless. The point now is what 2013 holds in store for us....

Doug MayneBy Doug Mayne 28 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] Africa finding its own solutions using mobile tech
[2013 trends] Africa finding its own solutions using mobile tech

There are several key trends that will present themselves in 2013. From m-payments to HIV/AIDS prevention, emerging markets are leading the way when it comes to innovative uses of mobile technology. Marketers, too, are seeing their roles and...

Dr KF LaiBy Dr KF Lai 25 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] Eyes front and centre
[2013 trends] Eyes front and centre

How does your brand break through the clutter? If you're in the business of understanding and catering to the evolution of consumer needs, desires and expectations, look front and centre. Here are my predictions for 2013...

Abey MokgwatsaneBy Abey Mokgwatsane 18 Jan 2013

Motorists to benefit from new Act
Motorists to benefit from new Act

Selling a used car just won't be the same for car dealerships wanting to off-load a dicey vehicle to an unsuspecting buyer, thanks to the new Consumer Protection Act.

Henrie GeyserBy Henrie Geyser 31 Mar 2011

Innovative Franchise Concepts' lifeline to informal traders
Innovative Franchise Concepts' lifeline to informal traders

Informal traders have been offered a 'golden' opportunity to formalise their business and change the face of their trading processes through the Drink & Snack franchise. The project, an initiative of Innovative Franchise Concepts (IFC) and funded by...

Issa Sikiti da SilvaBy Issa Sikiti da Silva 13 Oct 2010

Traders get something back
Traders get something back

Affordable Mixed Brewed Brands has recently embarked on a campaign to reward traders in the community; by offering immediate gratification prizes in return for the support they have given the brands, Mona, Ace, and Kloof.

ActivRetailBy ActivRetail 23 Oct 2008

ActivRetail
Tea goes mobile for Gauteng women

The trend today is towards a healthy lifestyle... a healthy approach to how we live our lives, what we eat, and what we drink. So...

ActivRetailBy ActivRetail 18 Apr 2008

Maponya Mega-Mall opens in Soweto
Maponya Mega-Mall opens in Soweto

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo and high-flying businessman Richard Maponya yesterday officially opened the R650 million Maponya Mall in Pimville, Soweto, where an estimated 100 000 onlookers and...

Issa Sikiti da SilvaBy Issa Sikiti da Silva 28 Sep 2007

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