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Retail in 2030: AI, IoT, big data, and omnichannel as teenagers
Retail in 2030: AI, IoT, big data, and omnichannel as teenagers

Will technologies like AI mean the end of human engagement and shopping in a physical retail store? Will we become completely dependent on IoT technology for shopping? Will we rely on a fridge to remind us of our shopping lists?

1 day ago

10 retail trends for 2019
10 retail trends for 2019

For the retail sector as a whole - and for physical stores in particular - 2019 will be a year of reinvention...

By Jackie Kalis 2 days ago

Image credit: Mein Deal on Unsplash.
How to use design thinking to build the next Amazon

Anyone aspiring to build the next Amazon needs to adopt a similar approach to Jeff Bezos's insistence on an empty chair...

By Anne-marie le Roux 2 days ago

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Leveraging digital technology to boost Nigeria's MSMEs

Thinking through and executing a digital business model requires a fundamental shift in strategy...

4 Jul 2019

Amazon is turning 25 - here's a look back at how it changed the world
Amazon is turning 25 - here's a look back at how it changed the world

A quarter of a century ago, on 5 July 1994, a company, which shared a name with the world's largest river, was incorporated. It sold books to customers who got to its website through a dial-up modem...

By Venkatesh Shankar 4 Jul 2019

3 trends in retailtainment
3 trends in retailtainment

'Retailtainment' is described as the use of "ambiance, emotion, sound and activity to get customers interested in the product and in a mood to buy"...

By Eben Esterhuizen 3 Jul 2019

What the latest technological innovation means for the future of retail
What the latest technological innovation means for the future of retail

With neverending technological innovation, what will retail look like in the next 20 to 30 years?

By Maroefah Smith 2 Jul 2019

How interior décor helps create immersive retail experiences
How interior décor helps create immersive retail experiences

Canon deciphers the importance of the settings and ambiences of physical shops as they become more than just a buying space, an opportunity for the brand to build and maintain relationships...

1 Jul 2019

Kenyan parenting platform MumsVillage launches an online store
Kenyan parenting platform MumsVillage launches an online store

Kenyan parenting support platform MumsVillage has launched an online store. The MumsVillageShop features a curated range of genuine local and global parenting and baby brands...

27 Jun 2019

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Steps to regional integration for Africa's prosperity

The African Development Bank Annual Meetings concluded with consensus on ways to fast-track regional integration...

17 Jun 2019

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina.
'To integrate Africa, bring down the walls'

"To integrate Africa, bring down the walls," African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina urged at the 2019 AfDB Annual Meetings Open in Malabo...

17 Jun 2019

Dee Chetty, Accenture Interactive Lead for Africa.
The future of customer personalisation lies with AI

Laying the foundation for a future where personalisation platforms can architect previously unimagined customer experiences...

By Dee Chetty 14 Jun 2019

Daniel Acton, regional tech lead, Google Cloud.
How Nomanini built its remote POS voucher platform

The World Bank estimates that 66% of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have bank accounts...

13 Jun 2019

From left to right Michael Kennedy, James Hedley and James Tagg.
#AfricaMonth: Quicket striving to become first pan-African ticketing company

Quicket founders, James Tagg and James Hedley elaborate on the company's aggressive growth trajectory, especially throughout Africa, on what it is that sets them apart and on their future plans...

By Juanita Pienaar 3 Jun 2019

#AfricaMonth: Why Africa is primed for prestige beauty growth
#AfricaMonth: Why Africa is primed for prestige beauty growth

Overseeing multi-ethnic innovation for Estée Lauder Companies, Susan Akkad is no stranger to the concept of 'inclusive beauty'...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 31 May 2019

#AfricaMonth: The rise of Afrocentrism and its impact on the luxury business
#AfricaMonth: The rise of Afrocentrism and its impact on the luxury business

Africa has been a rich source of artistic inspiration for many parts of the world for centuries, but what's changing now is that Afrocentric culture is being spearheaded by the sons and daughters of the African continent...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 May 2019

Call for applications: Impact Fund for African Creatives' accelerator programme
Call for applications: Impact Fund for African Creatives' accelerator programme

The Impact Fund for African Creatives (IFFAC) is calling on designers to apply for its accelerator programme. The programme is focused on supporting and strengthening emerging African brands...

21 May 2019

#AfricaMonth: Alain Dos Santos on growing Montblanc's luxury legacy in Africa
#AfricaMonth: Alain Dos Santos on growing Montblanc's luxury legacy in Africa

While a growing number of international brands are waking up to the promise of Africa as a valuable market for luxury goods, Montblanc has been growing its presence on the continent for 30 years...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 May 2019

A changing African consumer branding environment
A changing African consumer branding environment

In Africa, household consumption is expected to reach $2.5tn by 2030 with Nigeria, Egypt, and South Africa accounting for nearly half that...

Issued by Smart Media 16 May 2019

The most valuable global retail brands for 2019
The most valuable global retail brands for 2019

The results of the second annual BrandZ Top 75 Most Valuable Global Retail Brands have been revealed. The research shows that the world's most valuable retail brands are worth $339 billion more...

14 May 2019

Instagram's @shop a curated showcase of shoppable products
Instagram's @shop a curated showcase of shoppable products

Instagram has launched a @shop account, essentially a curation of posts from online merchants that sell products through the image-sharing app.

14 May 2019

Best in global visual merchandising awarded
Best in global visual merchandising awarded

The winners of the 2019 International VM Awards were announced at the RetailExpo in London...

13 May 2019

Pedro Guerreiro, Managing Director: Central Africa at SAP Africa.
#AfricaMonth: From aid-dependent to becoming an investment-dependent continent

Beyond boundaries: the impact of free trade and technology on Africa's accelerating economic development...

By Pedro Guerreiro 10 May 2019

Meshack Mulaudzi is giving African children positive representation through toys
Meshack Mulaudzi is giving African children positive representation through toys

By simply trying to create a doll that his daughter could identify with, Meshack Mulaudzi embarked on a doll-making journey that spreads positivity to African children...

3 May 2019

Phygital: 6 ways to adapt, or die
Phygital: 6 ways to adapt, or die

Innovative phygital business models, where bricks and mortar and digital seamlessly integrate, are popping up across the globe. But the best phygital experiences still remain aligned with old-school sales strategies...

By Eben Esterhuizen 30 Apr 2019

Online marketplace Thola Africa shines a light on local artisans
Online marketplace Thola Africa shines a light on local artisans

New online marketplace Tholaafrica.com is making it easier to shop African artisanal wares, with its selection of bespoke fashion and décor crafted by local creatives and designers...

26 Apr 2019

#CNILux: The creative cultural legacy of MaXhosa by Laduma
#CNILux: The creative cultural legacy of MaXhosa by Laduma

The striking textile and knitwear designs conceived by South African golden boy Laduma Ngxokolo are not simply stylish collectables, they're vehicles of cultural preservation...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 16 Apr 2019

#CNILux: Models of colour are not a trend, we are here to stay - Naomi Campbell
#CNILux: Models of colour are not a trend, we are here to stay - Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell wants to see better representation among designers and more African-based designers reaching the international fashion arena...

By Liam Freeman 15 Apr 2019

#CNILux: Global luxury industry shifts gaze to Africa
#CNILux: Global luxury industry shifts gaze to Africa

The fifth annual Condé Nast International Luxury Conference kicked off in Cape Town yesterday, bringing some of the biggest names in global luxury to African soil...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 11 Apr 2019

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