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Nigerian startup Touchabl launches picture-searching app

Port Harcourt-based startup Touchabl has launched its app, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to enable people search and shop for items in any picture just by touching it...

15 hours ago

Alcohol delivery service Jumia Party launches in Ghana

Jumia Food and Pernod-Ricard Ghana have joined forces to launch Jumia Party - a one-hour alcohol delivery service app that gives Accra users access to a marketplace of spirits...

1 day ago

Less than 30% of Africa's e-commerce startups profitable

Less than 30% of African e-commerce startups are profitable, as ventures tackle issues such as lack of funding, shortage of trust and logistical difficulties...

By Gabriella Mulligan 8 Dec 2017

A mobile payments solution for Kenyan retailers

Mastercard launches Kionect for Nairobi's smallest shopkeepers - a mobile ordering and payments solution enables kiosk owners to access micro-loans...

6 Dec 2017

African expansion "massive focus" for SA's Quicket in 2018

South African online ticketing startup Quicket has a "massive focus" on expanding to other African countries next year as it looks to create a truly pan-African solution for events...

By Tom Jackson 4 Dec 2017

Imagining the possibilities of an Africanised Black Friday

Black Friday has come and gone, with popular consumer products ranging from food items and electronic devices to furniture items flying off the shelves at bargain prices.

By Vincent Magwenya 28 Nov 2017

Black Friday gets claws into SA's net shoppers

No country embraces Black Friday more than South Africa, if international discounts website picodi.com's statistics are anything to go by...

By Wendy Knowler 24 Nov 2017

BBM Messenger's Adam Pattison on chat, dark social and the new mobile economy

On his visit to South Africa for the MMA (Mobile Marketing Association) Forum in Johannesburg on 2 November and Mobile Monday in Cape Town on 6 November, Adam Pattison, vice president, Americas & EMEA at BBM Messenger, shared insights into chat or dark social and how this is shaping the mobile economy...

By Jessica Tennant 20 Nov 2017

Airlines urged to embrace e-commerce

African airlines have been urged to embrace e-commerce and digital technologies to become more profitable...

By Peterson Tumwebaze 17 Nov 2017

Leles African Cuisine taps into virtual restaurant trend

The food industry is changing, with some restaurant owners forgoing physical retail spaces and instead opting to trade solely online...

17 Nov 2017

Airport retail gets virtual at OR Tambo

A millimetre-accurate map now allows OR Tambo International Airport visitors to navigate around retailers in the domestic and international terminals...

3 Nov 2017

Zambia's Zazu raises $218k in crowdfunding campaign

Zambian fintech startup Zazu has secured GBP166,000 ($218,000) after running an oversubscribed crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs in order to launch a digital bank...

By Tom Jackson 2 Nov 2017

MySidekick shopping app launches across SA

South African startup MySidekick has launched its free Android-based shopping app across the country, offering users special deals from retailers such as Clicks, Dis-Chem and Volpes...

By Tom Jackson 1 Nov 2017

Tailoring the customer experience boosts online sales

Annual online retail or "e-tail" sales now exceed $19 billion in Canada, AUS$21 billion in Australia, US$410 billion in the United States and US$1 trillion in China...

By Michael J. Armstrong and Narongsak (Tek) Thongpapa 31 Oct 2017

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International

Steinhoff shares dive on suspected fraud

Steinhoff International's share price continued to plummet in heavy trade on Wednesday as fears mounted of long drawnout investigations by regulatory authorities in Europe, the US and locally in SA.

7 Dec 2017

Amazon claims record-breaking Australia launch

SYDNEY - Amazon's Australia launch was the company's biggest-ever opening day for orders, the US giant said on Wednesday, but some shoppers were underwhelmed by the range of goods and prices on offer.

7 Dec 2017

Markus Jooste quits as Steinhoff CEO

Steinhoff International CEO Marcus Jooste resigned on Tuesday night, ahead of the furniture retailer's results scheduled for release on Wednesday.

By Robert Laing 6 Dec 2017

New research suggests organisations should embrace new messaging culture

Organisations that fail to adapt to the new messaging culture risk falling behind and losing customers, that's according to new international research from BT and Cisco.

6 Dec 2017

Retailers brace as Amazon launches in Australia

SYDNEY, Australia - US internet giant Amazon launched in Australia on Tuesday in time for Christmas, with retailers scrambling to cut costs and boost their online offerings as they brace for an expected shake-up of the sector.

6 Dec 2017

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