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#BizTrends2019: Payments, engagement, partnership - African retail trends for 2019

With two key retail periods - Black Friday and festive season - now behind us, retailers are looking for new ways to increase revenue, grow market share, and boost profits...

By Mark Schech 1 hour ago

#BizTrends2019: Shopping the future, right now
#BizTrends2019: Shopping the future, right now

Technology is the single most important investment that retailers need to make, in order to ensure that their fashion stores stay relevant...

By Robyn Cooke 17 Jan 2019

Advertising is dead. Long live value-tising
Advertising is dead. Long live value-tising

As we begin 2019, our industry sits quaking in its ethically sourced vintage leather boots. Panic and anxiety around data, consultants, insourcing, etc. But has this all not been self-inflicted? Is this all the final acknowledgement of an industry with an identity crisis?

By Mike Silver 16 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Selling to the other 98% - the move to physical retail
#BizTrends2019: Selling to the other 98% - the move to physical retail

We believed that e-commerce was such an obviously better way of shopping. We were wrong...

By Andrew Smith 16 Jan 2019

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#BizTrends2019: Social marketing, and true word (of mouth) power

When Marian Salzman, one of the world's top trendspotters, invited me to discuss all things social marketing trend-related over coffee at the end of 2018, I jumped at the chance. This is the first of three overviews of our talking points...

By Leigh Andrews 15 Jan 2019

Elevated sensorial experiences drive shoppers back to stores
Elevated sensorial experiences drive shoppers back to stores

According to a new global report by in-store media company Mood Media, sensory experiences drive 9 out of 10 shoppers back to stores...

15 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Africa's consumers - connected, in control, and hungry for convenience
#BizTrends2019: Africa's consumers - connected, in control, and hungry for convenience

Shopping - love it or hate it, it's nearly impossible to escape the banality or adventure that competes for consumers' precious time. It takes us away from the things we would rather be doing...

By Ailsa Wingfield 14 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: 4 niche e-commerce stores driving innovation in online shopping
#BizTrends2019: 4 niche e-commerce stores driving innovation in online shopping

Service is the new selling. This dedication towards offering tailored service is what differentiates mass from niche online retailers. We're no longer selling things, but the experience of buying them...

By Graham van der Merwe 10 Jan 2019

Pernod Ricard bets on Africa with Jumia investment
Pernod Ricard bets on Africa with Jumia investment

Pernod Ricard, the owner of Beefeater gin, Absolut vodka and Jameson whiskey, is strengthening its partnership with African e-commerce player Jumia by buying an unspecified stake...

19 Dec 2018

Mastercard, Next Retail Concepts present an immersive way to shop online
Mastercard, Next Retail Concepts present an immersive way to shop online

A new e-commerce experience from Mastercard and Next Retail Concepts lets shoppers browse and buy just like they are in a physical store - across any browser...

7 Dec 2018

West Africa consumer confidence shows small dips and some gains
West Africa consumer confidence shows small dips and some gains

Nigeria's latest Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) for the third quarter of 2018 has shown a four-point decline to 118, while Ghana's CCI for the same quarter has risen five points to 113, all in all a fairly stable picture for West Africa...

Issued by Nielsen 7 Dec 2018

#AEC2018: Accelerating AfCFTA to create growth for Africa
#AEC2018: Accelerating AfCFTA to create growth for Africa

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) aims to create a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments...

7 Dec 2018

Unbox the festive season
Unbox the festive season

Festive goodwill is part and parcel of the holiday season and we're wrapping up our year with a hamper of promotional goodies...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 7 Dec 2018

The consumer power-shift of the digital age
The consumer power-shift of the digital age

Advances in telecommunication technology have transformed the tools used for marketing and consumerism and ultimately, the way that businesses operate...

By Itumeleng Mukhovha 6 Dec 2018

#ATFexpo2018: How to localise global trends for the SA consumer - Part 2
#ATFexpo2018: How to localise global trends for the SA consumer - Part 2

Nicola Cooper delivered a trend talk on the localisation of global trends at the recent ATF Trade Expo in Cape Town...

By Maroefah Smith 5 Dec 2018

Africa's mobile money ecosystem connects to China
Africa's mobile money ecosystem connects to China

Africa's largest mobile money ecosystem has connected to China's largest payment service in real-time...

5 Dec 2018

#ATFexpo2018: How to localise global trends for the SA consumer - Part 1
#ATFexpo2018: How to localise global trends for the SA consumer - Part 1

The moment you provide the South African consumer with what they need, they will start purchasing whatever you are selling. This was the main message from trend analyst Nicola Cooper...

By Maroefah Smith 4 Dec 2018

TV shopping platform launched in Nigeria
TV shopping platform launched in Nigeria

Response Architects launches Nigeria's first international tele-shopping platform, Shopex TV...

4 Dec 2018

How Sears helped make women, immigrants and people of colour feel more like Americans
How Sears helped make women, immigrants and people of colour feel more like Americans

Sears did more than pioneer the mail-order catalogue over a century ago. It helped make America a more inclusive place at a time when Jim Crow was rampant...

By Einav Rabinovitch-Fox 3 Dec 2018

Introducing the first-ever single-brand rewards programme in South Africa - Royco Rewards
Introducing the first-ever single-brand rewards programme in South Africa - Royco Rewards

Think of rewards or loyalty programmes, and immediately your mind goes to the retail store brands, like Clicks or Dis-Chem. Why have we not yet seen a loyalty programme rewarding customers for their regular purchase of a single brand?...

By Candice Goodman, Issued by Mobitainment 3 Dec 2018

New doll Hunadi speaks English, Sesotho, isiXhosa and isiZulu
New doll Hunadi speaks English, Sesotho, isiXhosa and isiZulu

South African company Afro Girl has just released the multilingual Hunadi doll, which speaks speaks in 4 of South Africa's 11 official languages...

29 Nov 2018

#ATFexpo2018: How the conscious consumer is reshaping fashion retail
#ATFexpo2018: How the conscious consumer is reshaping fashion retail

The conscious consumer is fast reshaping the retail fashion and textile landscape. Consumers demanding transparency and traceability are changing the ways retailers operate...

By Maroefah Smith 26 Nov 2018

Brands are so much more than just a logo
Brands are so much more than just a logo

As consumers start to think about their Christmas purchases and where they're going to find the additional money to buy those presents the kids wrote to Father Christmas about, retailers start to realise that this is their last ditch effort to make target for the year. That is surely a daunting task in the current economy - stuff nightmares are made of...

By Jedd Cokayne 22 Nov 2018

Africa's first AR experience on Facebook Messenger
Africa's first AR experience on Facebook Messenger

Pan-African payments company, Celulant, has built the first augmented reality powered try-on experiences in Facebook Messenger...

20 Nov 2018

How Black Friday is changing purchasing patterns in sub-Saharan Africa
How Black Friday is changing purchasing patterns in sub-Saharan Africa

The holiday season starts earlier every year, as three major shopping holidays originating in the US and China, namely Black Friday, Singles' Day and Cyber Monday, are extending to the rest of the world...

20 Nov 2018

Diageo sells 19 non-core brands, including Seagram's and Goldschläger
Diageo sells 19 non-core brands, including Seagram's and Goldschläger

Alcoholic beverages giant Diageo is selling 19 of its non-priority brands, positioned in the lower-end segment of the US drinks market, to US firm Sazerac for $550m...

13 Nov 2018

Customer expectations outpace brand experiences
Customer expectations outpace brand experiences

Acceleration of digitisation raises the bar for companies to innovate - or be left behind...

By Hans Zachar 12 Nov 2018

#GoogleRetail: No room for silos in omnichannel retail
#GoogleRetail: No room for silos in omnichannel retail

We're in living in an omnichannel world. We use a number of different paths to get to the products, info and services that we want. Search has become intuitive...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 6 Nov 2018

When AI meets your shopping experience it knows what you buy - and what you ought to buy
When AI meets your shopping experience it knows what you buy - and what you ought to buy

Whether you do your shopping online or in store, your retail experience is the latest battleground for the AI and machine learning revolution...

By Michael Milford and Gary Mortimer 29 Oct 2018

Rollersigns takes market by storm with all-new advertising possibilities
Rollersigns takes market by storm with all-new advertising possibilities

Online advertising and viral campaigns may be top of the marketing mix list these days, but Rollersigns is bringing sexy back to traditional displays...

Issued by Marin's Southern Africa 29 Oct 2018

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