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Embracing a more connected South African retail environment

Embracing a more connected South African retail environment

April 24, 2018 • Opinion, RetailComments (0)

The increased connectedness of consumers is contributing to a more dynamic environment – one where expectations on what the buying experience must entail are evolving. Thanks in part to the African mobile phone market that was expected to grow 6.2 percent quarter-on-quarter at the end of last year, people across the continent have come to [&hellip...

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Jumia. Ghana’s largest online retail company looks at some advantages of e-commerce to young start-ups.

E-commerce paves the way for entrepreneurs in Ghana

April 20, 2018 • Retail, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Global technological advancement has transformed numerous economic societies. The impact of technology specifically the internet on our business economy in Africa is remarkable. Currently, Ghana is experiencing a gradual transformation in its economy because...

Amazon International Shopping Experience

Amazon launches international shopping feature

April 19, 2018 • RetailComments (0)

Amazon has announced its new ‘International Shopping Experience’ feature within the company’s app, which is now available on the mobile browser and app for both Android and iOS. This feature offers the ability to shop in 25 currencies and choose...

Kenya: PayPal, Safaricom partnership enables cross-border mobile payments

Kenya: PayPal, Safaricom partnership enables cross-border mobile payments

April 9, 2018 • East Africa, Online & Social, Retail, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: PayPal, Safaricom partnership enables cross-border mobile payments

PayPal and Safaricom have announced a collaboration that will allow Kenyans to move money between their M-PESA and PayPal accounts. The new service aims to eliminate barriers that have hindered consumers and businesses in the country from taking full...

Changes to South African VAT regulations to include software and electronic services

Changes to South African VAT regulations to include software and electronic services

March 23, 2018 • Retail, Top StoriesComments Off on Changes to South African VAT regulations to include software and electronic services

Before 2014 the supply of inbound electronic services required the South African recipient to declare VAT on these services. That didn’t work so well. So, with effect from 1 June 2014, the VAT Act was amended and regulations were introduced which changed...

Shifting the mindset from telco to retail

Shifting the mindset from telco to retail

March 22, 2018 • Opinion, RetailComments Off on Shifting the mindset from telco to retail

Telecommunication service providers (Telcos) are multifaceted businesses. More than just service providers offering data and connectivity services, Telcos are also retailers that provide handsets, accessories, repair services, insurance and a host of other...

Embracing a more connected South African retail environment

How retailers can apply platform business thinking to magnetise customers

March 7, 2018 • Opinion, RetailComments Off on How retailers can apply platform business thinking to magnetise customers

Local retailers have an incredible opportunity to get a head-start on competition, by applying the science of digital platform thinking, to transform decades-old practices and deliver new value to customers. Platform businesses – the likes of YouTube or...

eCommerce automation set shake things up in South Africa

eCommerce automation set shake things up in South Africa

March 5, 2018 • Retail, Southern AfricaComments Off on eCommerce automation set shake things up in South Africa

2017 was a pivotal year for ecommerce and one that saw its continued rise as a global industry. With the ceaseless advancement of technology and new concepts such as artificial intelligence and augmented reality poised to alter the landscape for good, the...

Azumi Mobile to feature PayJoy's Lock to enable smartphone financing

Azumi Mobile to feature PayJoy’s Lock system

March 1, 2018 • Gadgets and Gaming, Mobile and Telecoms, Retail, Top StoriesComments Off on Azumi Mobile to feature PayJoy’s Lock system

On Wednesday 28 February 2018 Azumi Mobile announced that its devices will support PayJoy’s Lock system, a patented Android application that can remotely lock and unlock smartphones offered on an instalment plan by retailers, mobile operators, and finance...

Retailers adopt new tech to buck the hammered economy

Retailers adopt new tech to buck the hammered economy

March 1, 2018 • Opinion, RetailComments Off on Retailers adopt new tech to buck the hammered economy

South African retailers have embraced a considered approach to digitalisation, innovation, and technology adoption to load their arsenal against the fiscal onslaught of a wounded economy. They are under so much pressure from the ratings downgrades and...

Retailers need an integrated technology platform to streamline processes

Retailers need an integrated technology platform to streamline processes

February 22, 2018 • Retail, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Retailers need an integrated technology platform to streamline processes

Online shopping has never been easier or more intuitive. You’re at work or laying in bed, and with a simple click of the mouse you can book a dream vacation or the latest curved smart television, or your weekly groceries can be delivered to your doorstep....

In-store digital signage influences the customer journey

In-store digital signage influences the customer journey

February 20, 2018 • General, Opinion, RetailComments Off on In-store digital signage influences the customer journey

“In recent years in-store digital signage has evolved at high-speed and further innovations and advancements will continue to fuel this technology evolution in the retail space,” says Andrew Ridl, CEO of One Digital Media (ODM), a supplier of Digital...

OLX shuts down offices in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya

OLX shuts down offices in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya

February 7, 2018 • Online & Social, Retail, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on OLX shuts down offices in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya

On 6 February 2018, it emerged that OLX, an African e-commerce platform, has shut down all its offices in Africa except the one in South Africa. The company, which is owned by Multinational media group and investor Naspers, has thus shutdown operations in...

South Africa: Popular clothing store, Cotton On, launches online store

South Africa: Popular clothing store, Cotton On, launches online store

February 1, 2018 • Online & Social, Retail, Southern AfricaComments Off on South Africa: Popular clothing store, Cotton On, launches online store

Global retailer, the Cotton On Group, has announced that it has launched an online store. The platform, according to the company, will offer South African customers new ways to shop by providing 24/7 access to on-trend products with the launch of...

The digital evolution of South Africa’s shipping industry

The digital evolution of South Africa’s shipping industry

January 30, 2018 • Retail, Southern AfricaComments Off on The digital evolution of South Africa’s shipping industry

As South Africa’s maritime and shipping industry continues to benefit from technological interconnectivity, the sector is on the brink of a true digital evolution – but requires dynamic changes to be made to its policies. “The maritime sector is...

Six key advantages to using managed services for your e-commerce

Six key advantages to using managed services for your e-commerce

January 9, 2018 • Online & Social, Opinion, RetailComments Off on Six key advantages to using managed services for your e-commerce

Managed services definitely provide the quality benefit of outsourcing IT or other technical needs for strong management and consistency. The use of managed services will help maintain customer service and relationships, ensuring that technology is the...