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...

By Wynand Smit 29 Aug 2018

#PIPC2018: The role of affordable payment solutions in promoting financial inclusion

To enable higher levels of financial inclusion across Africa, banks and payments companies must drive solutions allowing small and informal merchants to accept digital payments at a lower cost...

2 Aug 2018

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...

By Tom Jackson 30 Jul 2018

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...

By Tom Jackson 6 Jun 2018

#AfricaMonth: Beware - Africa's brand growth comes with counterfeiting challenges

Africa is an ideal market for brand holders and counterfeiters as growth in brand investment creates demand...

By Vanessa Ferguson 25 May 2018

Nielsen Consumer 360 event unpacks major shifts in SA's consumer landscape

The South African consumer landscape is set for a multitude of shifts in the next ten years, not least of which is the maturing of the local market with growth in the Generation X market segment...

21 May 2018

Pilot study to overcome cash constraints for entrepreneurs

Mastercard and Unilever break down barriers to growth for micro entrepreneurs with first-of-its-kind digital lending platform...

9 May 2018

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...

By Tom Jackson 19 Apr 2018

#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

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