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#DesignIndaba2019: Ikea's Överallt collection a global showcase of Africa's top design talent
#DesignIndaba2019: Ikea's Överallt collection a global showcase of Africa's top design talent

The anticipated launch of Ikea's Överallt homeware collection is described as a marriage between African rituals and Scandinavian design...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 4 Mar 2019

#DesignIndaba2019: Making packaging disappear
#DesignIndaba2019: Making packaging disappear

Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez started day 2 of Design Indaba on a high note when he presented on the Ooho! - the disappearing biodegradable water-filled bead made from brown algae and calcium chloride (seaweed)...

By Angie White 28 Feb 2019

#DesignIndaba2019: The commonalities of bad design projects
#DesignIndaba2019: The commonalities of bad design projects

London-based design critic Alice Rawsthorn spoke all about bad design on Day 1 at Design Indaba 2019...

By Jessica Tennant 27 Feb 2019

Hisense declares war on top end TV market with 65" ULED smart TV
Hisense declares war on top end TV market with 65" ULED smart TV

Hisense's new flagship 65" ULED smart television is a declaration of war aimed at the top end TV market. This beautifully crafted and ingeniously designed ULED is the perfection that should be strived for when creating the next generation of televisions...

By Juanita Pienaar 4 Feb 2019

#BizTrends2019: Single-use plastic, circular economy, ethical supply chains and climate action to drive retail in 2019
#BizTrends2019: Single-use plastic, circular economy, ethical supply chains and climate action to drive retail in 2019

More than ever before, in 2018 we saw sustainability playing a major role in shaping trends in the retail sector...

By Feroz Koor 25 Jan 2019

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...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 21 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Technology and other packaging disruptors in 2019
#BizTrends2019: Technology and other packaging disruptors in 2019

Packaging design in South Africa in 2019 will be shaped (at an alarming rate) by changes in technology and the way products are viewed and selected...

By Gail Macleod 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: What's in store for interior design and décor trends towards 2020?
#BizTrends2019: What's in store for interior design and décor trends towards 2020?

Natural materials, texture, and individuality are the key elements that will shape interior design and décor trends into 2020...

By Dave Nemeth 9 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Trends moulding the plastic packaging industry
#BizTrends2019: Trends moulding the plastic packaging industry

There's a major shake-up happening in the plastic manufacturing industry. And the change is happening remarkably quickly across the world for converters and brands alike...

By David Drew 7 Jan 2019

Philip Morris launches next-generation IQOS devices in SA
Philip Morris launches next-generation IQOS devices in SA

With a vision to phase out traditional cigarette brands in favour of healthier alternatives, Philip Morris International has invested billions of dollars into the R&D of its IQOS range of devices...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 5 Dec 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: Meet SA's pioneer of biodegradable food packaging
#EntrepreneurMonth: Meet SA's pioneer of biodegradable food packaging

Packaging that lasts as long as it's needed, not longer...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Nov 2018

#EntrepreneurMonth: Jewellery SMME incubator looks to develop, support local startups
#EntrepreneurMonth: Jewellery SMME incubator looks to develop, support local startups

SLJI is an NGO that aims to create economic opportunities for emerging jewellery businesses from historically disadvantaged communities...

By Sindy Peters 21 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

Hisense rolls out new suite of home appliances in SA
Hisense rolls out new suite of home appliances in SA

Hisense, the Chinese multinational appliance and electronics manufacturer, recent strengthened its presence in the South African market by introducing a new range of household appliances.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 5 Oct 2018

Chanel buys British swimwear brand Orlebar Brown
Chanel buys British swimwear brand Orlebar Brown

French luxury house Chanel has acquired British tailored swimwear brand Orlebar Brown for an undisclosed sum...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 Oct 2018

Michael Kors grows luxury portfolio with $2bn Versace acquisition
Michael Kors grows luxury portfolio with $2bn Versace acquisition

One year after buying Jimmy Choo, US fashion company Michael Kors is acquiring Italian luxury goods house Versace for $2.1 billion...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 25 Sep 2018

Cassandra Twala on this year's Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair
Cassandra Twala on this year's Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair

Jessica Tennant interviews fair curator Cassandra Twala to find out more about her involvement in the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair over the years and what she's most excited about this year...

By Jessica Tennant 21 Sep 2018

Grassroots trading to luxury leather leader: The journey of Jekyll and Hide
Grassroots trading to luxury leather leader: The journey of Jekyll and Hide

Jekyll and Hide founder Bernard Bultemeier talks luxury leather, global expansion, the challenges facing independent retail today and why we'll all be wearing backpacks soon...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 4 Sep 2018

Fleur le Cordeur: a business in bloom
Fleur le Cordeur: a business in bloom

Fleur le Cordeur is about blessing people on their special occasions - especially on their wedding day. The company loves everything about anything that grows from soil, and especially using these gifts from nature to bless people...

By Eugene Yiga 3 Sep 2018

Nielsen Smartstore: Keeping up with shoppers today and tomorrow
Nielsen Smartstore: Keeping up with shoppers today and tomorrow

Shoppers are changing at such a rapid pace, and while there are many methodologies to understand shoppers, a tool to help us move with the rapidly changing shoppers is needed...

By Danette Breitenbach 29 Aug 2018

Designer turned ethical artistic jeweller, Charmaine Taylor. Image supplied.
#WomensMonth: Pass on wisdom and knowledge and support local businesswomen

Marketer and designer turned ethical artistic jeweller, Charmaine Taylor has a passion and vision to promote the message of forgiveness and peace that former President Nelson Mandela shared...

By Juanita Pienaar 29 Aug 2018

Proudly SA launches online shopping site
Proudly SA launches online shopping site

Proudly South African (PSA) has created an e-shopping site www.rsamade.co.za, in partnership with RSA Made...

By Danette Breitenbach 22 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Adding glamour and sparkle to the agro-processing sector
#WomensMonth: Adding glamour and sparkle to the agro-processing sector

Silvana Dantu and Shareen Parker are the producers of Zari Sparkling Grape juice, a local brand which has set out to disrupt the male-dominated agro-processing sector with its sparkling, alcohol-free beverage brand...

By Terry Levin 14 Aug 2018

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu. Photo: Antonio Fiorente
#WomensMonth: An entrepreneur with a lot of heart and sole

Whether its shoes, leather goods, coffee or healthy snacks, serial entrepreneur, Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, has the Midas touch when it comes to transforming quintessential Ethiopian products into global brands...

By Nicci Botha 13 Aug 2018

#Apex2018: How to build a global brand with a local insight
#Apex2018: How to build a global brand with a local insight

Veteran marketer Sharon Keith shared four basic principles in explaining how to build global brands at the local level and examples to demonstrate these at the ACA SA's Apex 'Next Level of Thinking Masterclass'...

By Jessica Tennant 26 Jul 2018

LG's InstaView fridge and TwinWash are models of efficiency
LG's InstaView fridge and TwinWash are models of efficiency

Home appliances have always been designed to make our lives easier. And as consumers become increasingly time-poor, the need for 'convenience' is driving more and more of our purchasing decisions...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 Jul 2018

#SourceAfrica2018: Why Africa's clothing sector could lead in responsible sourcing
#SourceAfrica2018: Why Africa's clothing sector could lead in responsible sourcing

Whether you are a retailer, brand or manufacturer, the need to proactively manage social compliance issues in your supply chain has never been greater...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 6 Jul 2018

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#MFGIndaba: New dawn for the economy

Manufacturing is an indispensable sector if South Africa is to achieve its economic growth targets in future...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Jun 2018

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