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#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail

If you're searching for proof that retail as we know it is changing, look no further than Shanghai's 24-hour, unstaffed, self-driving grocery store...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Jan 2018

Mastercard-Spazapp collaboration brings cashless payments to informal retailers

Mastercard is collaborating with Durban-based tech company Spazapp, to bring secure and convenient mobile payments to thousands of informal traders...

15 Nov 2017

How safe is the food on your plate?

It can take up to three months or even more for food to travel from the farm to table. “The longer this supply chain, the less control you have over the product and the harder it is to maintain quality and safety.”

19 Sep 2017

#FreshConnections: Maryla Masojada on the state of fresh produce retail in SA

Maryla Masojada from Trade Intelligence discusses the trends affecting the produce supply chain and their impacts on the way companies do business...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 12 Sep 2017

Selling Brazilian fashions, the women of Angola's ‘suitcase trade' spot trends and pedal dreams

Angola, a Portuguese-speaking country, is strongly influenced by the cultural output of Brazil...

By Léa Barreau Tran 17 Jul 2017

Food economies at risk of distortion by formal sector grocery retail

The Grocery Retail Sector Market Inquiry, initiated by the Competition Commission, has received input from the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation...

6 Jul 2017

Senegal's corner shops go digital to track trade

Corner shops, markets and street traders are still the traditional way most Senegalese do their shopping, but micro-businesses are turning to digital means of tracking clients...

19 Jun 2017

Uganda's second Slow Food Earth Market launched in Manafwa

The objectives of the Manafwa Earth Market is preserving traditional and local products and bringing together small-scale food producers and consumers...

13 Apr 2017

Manufacturers, experts decry labelling of Nigerian goods as Made-in-Asia

Some manufacturers and experts on in Lagos have decried the trend of labelling Nigerian goods as made-in-Asia or made-in-China...

11 Jun 2015

Counterfeit medicine trade targets Africa's poor

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON: From Cameroon to Ivory Coast, Kenya to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), traders in counterfeit drugs do a thriving business with the utmost cynicism and sometimes at the cost of human lives.

24 Aug 2013

This is lateral thinking of the first order

Some people seem to think that South Africa is the king of oddities and curiosities, particularly when it comes to the many schemes aimed at fleecing unsuspecting and gullible consumers of their money. But there are oddities all over Africa and there just as many crooks, thieves and scammers in other parts of Africa as there are in South Africa.

By Paddy Hartdegen 4 Jul 2013

If you're content, we're content

"Content" is currently on everybody's lips, with everyone from the existing media to brand owners and individuals being encouraged to become content providers. Bizcommunity has been ahead of the content curve for over a decade.

Issued by 18 Mar 2013

[2013 trends] Pdf of 2013 Biz Trends Report now available

Finally, what you've all been waiting for!'s 2013 Biz Trends Report is now available for downloading in pdf format - and this year we've improved the quality for a better tablet experience!

Issued by 13 Feb 2013

[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. Here are a few key trends which I think are relevant...

By Doug Mayne 28 Jan 2013

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Toys 'R' Us packs up its playroom in the US

Toys 'R' Us Inc. is going out of business, shutting all of its 735 toy stores and Babies 'R' Us stores in the US after a failed turnaround. Approximately 33,000 jobs are expected to be affected by the liquidation.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 days ago

Donatella Versace says label will stop using fur in products

LONDON, England - Donatella Versace has said her family's luxury fashion label will no longer use real furs in its products, according to an interview with a British magazine.

2 days ago

#SeamlessAfrica: Store 4.0 is an attitude, not a technology

E-commerce may be where the retail industry is seeing growth, but the physical store is not dead. In fact, it may be more important than ever, according to Samantha Starmer, vice president: global digital experiences for US luxury fashion brand Ralph Lauren.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 12 Mar 2018

Why the e-cigarette industry needs global regulations

The e-cigarette industry has been increasingly viewed as one of the most disruptive changes in the tobacco market, with vapes now commonly perceived as an alternative to traditional tobacco products.

By Tanusree Jain 8 Mar 2018

Coca-Cola to launch its first alcoholic drink in Japan

NEW YORK, US - Coca-Cola plans to launch its first ever alcoholic drink in Japan, in a surprising departure for a US company identified with cola and other non-alcoholic beverages.

8 Mar 2018

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