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AUTOMOTIVE

#BizTrends2018: A wave of change
#BizTrends2018: A wave of change

I foresee three major trends for the automotive industry that will challenge the status quo and bring about noticeable change.

By Pieter Niemand 10 Jan 2018

RETAIL

#BizTrends2018: Winning brands will get their competitive edge from memorable customer experiences
#BizTrends2018: Winning brands will get their competitive edge from memorable customer experiences

Consumers around the world are putting more value on experiences than they do on possessions, and South Africans are no different...

By Rachel Thompson 10 Jan 2018

TOURISM

Andy Hedley, GM Southern Africa, Amadeus
#BizTrends2018: Airlines in the digital realm - putting data in the driving seat

Airlines have never had such access to the brains and feelings of their customers as they do today. By leveraging this data, airlines will be able to start experimenting with creative and fun new tools...

By Andy Hedley 10 Jan 2018

ICT

#BizTrends2018: Diversifying connectivity - key in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Diversifying connectivity - key in 2018

One can absolutely not deny the role of fibre in South Africa's economy from both a business and consumer perspective - aiding in bridging South Africa's digital divide and increasing access to high-speed connectivity...

By Riaan Maree 10 Jan 2018

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

#BizTrends2018: SA has reached its second energy transition tipping point
#BizTrends2018: SA has reached its second energy transition tipping point

At SAWEA's annual wind industry conference held in mid-November 2017, the outcome of a major national research study was launched...

By Brenda Martin 10 Jan 2018

MARKETING & MEDIA

Creative burnout
Creative burnout

Jessica Coombs of Native VML writes how dealing with creative burnout in all of its ugly forms is ultimately down to your company's culture....

By Jessica Coombs 10 Jan 2018

RETAIL

#BizTrends2018: Creating value remains key in the premium spirits brand experience
#BizTrends2018: Creating value remains key in the premium spirits brand experience

In challenging economic times, consumers either choose less expensive brands that allow them to buy more, or opt to buy less and trade up to indulge their tastes for aspirational brands...

By Elizabeth Lee Ming 10 Jan 2018

PROPERTY

#BizTrends2018: Commercial property at the mercy of shambolic politicking - trends for 2018 and beyond
#BizTrends2018: Commercial property at the mercy of shambolic politicking - trends for 2018 and beyond

2017 was a tough trading year for the commercial property sector...

By Simon Black 10 Jan 2018

TOURISM

#BizTrends2018: Top hospitality trends 2018
#BizTrends2018: Top hospitality trends 2018

Leon Meyer, general manager at The Westin Cape Town shares his top hospitality trends for 2018...

By Leon Meyer 10 Jan 2018

PROPERTY

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#BizTrends2018: Property trends forecast for 2018

Lightstone evaluates commercial and retail data within South Africa and forecasts 2018 trends for business, retail space and industrial zones...

By Linda Tshabalala 10 Jan 2018

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

#BizTrends2018: Engineering sector - remaining competitive in tough times
#BizTrends2018: Engineering sector - remaining competitive in tough times

South African companies face an embattled business environment...

By Richard Vries 10 Jan 2018

PROPERTY

#BizTrends2018: Virtual banking vs branch banking in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Virtual banking vs branch banking in 2018

The world is ever-changing and dynamic. The key to survival is resilience and the proficient ability to continuously be reflective and responsive to market needs...

By Rethabile Witkoei 10 Jan 2018

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

#BizTrends2018: Innovation critical to the future of waste management in South Africa
#BizTrends2018: Innovation critical to the future of waste management in South Africa

South Africa is nowhere near the waste crisis that we are seeing in other developing/emerging economies, however, we are most definitely generating a massive amount of waste...

By Jason McNeil 10 Jan 2018

LEGAL

#BizTrends2018: Copyright in the age of AI
#BizTrends2018: Copyright in the age of AI

Hollywood flirted with Artificial Intelligence (AI) long before it became mainstream, portraying it as an adversary, pitting man against machine. Though it is no secret that it got the whole narrative around AI patently wrong...

By Brendon Ambrose 10 Jan 2018

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

#BizTrends2018: Sustainability reporting and performance - observations and trends
#BizTrends2018: Sustainability reporting and performance - observations and trends

Large companies continue to face an increasing number of sustainability reporting requirements, both internally and externally, every year...

By Simon Clarke 10 Jan 2018

PROPERTY

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#BizTrends2018: Human experience is changing the future of work

Helping people to feel good at work goes far beyond achieving work-life balance...

By Ewout Holst 10 Jan 2018

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

#BizTrends2018: Accessible and emerging developments for small architectural firms
#BizTrends2018: Accessible and emerging developments for small architectural firms

Photogrammetry, cloud sharing, remote cloud collaboration, laser scanners, 3D printers, capacitive styluses, augmented and virtual reality design tools with immersive presentations, visual programming, building information modelling, parametric design...

By Louis Cottle 10 Jan 2018

EDUCATION

#BizTrends2018: More participation, better results
#BizTrends2018: More participation, better results

It is the job of school leaders to work with all stakeholders in co-creating a positive environment, so that learners can receive a well-balanced, enriching education...

By Arthee Rajkumar 10 Jan 2018

MARKETING & MEDIA

#BizTrends2018: The changing media environment for ad agencies
#BizTrends2018: The changing media environment for ad agencies

Like all sectors within the economy, we face economic and political instability which can have an impact on investment and ultimately marketing spend...

By Odette van der Haar 10 Jan 2018

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

Benji Coetzee
#BizTrends2018: Industry 4.0: A disruptive revolution or simply evolution?

Historic industrial revolutions have led to the "silent generation" (the likes of Warren Buffet and the Beatles) bearing witness to both pre- and post- liberated populations...

By Benji Coetzee 10 Jan 2018

MARKETING & MEDIA

Nicola Cooper, senior trend analyst and cultural strategist at Nicola Cooper & Associates (NC&A).
#BizTrends2018: Connecting with ever-connected, ever-younger African consumers

With the largest 'youth bulge' in the world, the future of Africa is young, dynamic, determined. No one can afford to ignore the youth in Africa and the local and global business community needs to prepare for the ever-connected, younger generations...

By Nicola Cooper 10 Jan 2018

MARKETING & MEDIA

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#OrchidsandOnions: We can fix our $h!t and we can still make great ads... but let's lose the political correctness, please

Timing is something which always sets Nando's ads apart from the rest. Sure, the ads are funny - and in a way we, as South Africans, instinctively understand... but it is their timing which gives them their humour...

By Brendan Seery 9 Jan 2018

LIFESTYLE

#BizTrends2018: Individuality is key for interior design and decor trends in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Individuality is key for interior design and decor trends in 2018

When it comes to trends in any area it is important to understand that one of the biggest drivers is the consumer. There has always been the belief that interior trends follow on from fashion, but this is no longer the case.

By Dave Nemeth 9 Jan 2018

MARKETING & MEDIA

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Astrid Stavro announced as speaker at Design Indaba 2018

The award-winning designer, Astrid Stavro has been announced as one of the speakers at this year's Design Indaba Conference 2018...

By Juanita Pienaar 9 Jan 2018

LIFESTYLE

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a worthy follow up
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a worthy follow up

Let me say it right off the bat that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a great movie and a worthy follow up to The Force Awakens. If you've been following any news about the movie, you'll know that there is a split between some Star Wars fans and film critics.

By Charles Siboto 9 Jan 2018

TOURISM

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Ten steps to create an accurate hotel income budget

There are so many influencing factors to consider when setting a budget. It is a lengthy, but worthwhile exercise. The aim is always to: grow the business, set a realistic budget and get it as accurate as possible.

By Theresa Prins 9 Jan 2018

RETAIL

#BizTrends2018: Is franchising future-proof?
#BizTrends2018: Is franchising future-proof?

Modern-day franchising has been with us since the mid-1950s when it made its presence felt in the USA. Subsequently, expansion was swift and within a few short years, the concept had conquered the world.

By Tony Da Fonseca 9 Jan 2018

AGRICULTURE

Five wine trends to watch for in 2018
Five wine trends to watch for in 2018

The South African wine industry is experiencing one of its most exciting phases in history. So, what are some of the emerging trends in 2018?

By Roland Peens 9 Jan 2018

RETAIL

#BizTrends2018: How do we amplify emotional connections through consumer ecosystems?
#BizTrends2018: How do we amplify emotional connections through consumer ecosystems?

Our physical and virtual environments are merging at a rapid pace, making us more digitally connected than ever before. Consumers want what they want and they want it now...

By Molefi Moloantoa 9 Jan 2018

TOURISM

Gavin Tollman, CEO, Trafalgar
#BizTrends2018: 2018 travel forecast - seven trends to anticipate

In 2018, there will be an increased swathe of people fully engaged in the sharing economy, communicating to the world the wonderfully enriching experiences that they have discovered...

By Gavin Tollman 9 Jan 2018

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