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Dynamic, flexible IT architecture is essential for online retail

June 11, 2015 • Internet of Things, Opinion, Retail, Top StoriesComments Off on Dynamic, flexible IT architecture is essential for online retail

In the retail market, competitiveness has always revolved around differentiation, be this of product, price or service. However, as the world has become more digital and traditional retailers have joined the online retail market in the ecommerce space, differentiation has become increasingly difficult. Consumers can now obtain any product from any number of...

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GTBank, Etisalat Offer New Retail Banking Service

May 27, 2015 • Retail, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on GTBank, Etisalat Offer New Retail Banking Service

Guaranty Trust Bank plc, a leading financial institution in Africa and Etisalat, a Nigerian telecommunications company have partnered to introduce GTEasySavers, a savings account that is easy to open and easy to save; designed to enable under-banked and...

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Is mCommerce a game changer for African retailers?

January 14, 2015 • Opinion, Retail, Top StoriesComments Off on Is mCommerce a game changer for African retailers?

New technologies such as cloud computing are revolutionising the way people do business across the globe. In the African market, infrastructure has traditionally proven to be a challenge that has hindered adoption of new technologies. However, mobility is one...

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Geospatial data – retailers’ little-known competitive advantage

July 28, 2014 • Opinion, RetailComments Off on Geospatial data – retailers’ little-known competitive advantage

There’s an old axiom that suggests you should always be aware of your surroundings. It’s good advice that can be applied to every aspect of your life – including your business. Let’s say you have the opportunity to open up a coffee shop in a brand new...

What could a South African version of Black Friday look like?

Egypt: Jumia opens up to retailers

May 29, 2014 • North Africa, RetailComments Off on Egypt: Jumia opens up to retailers

The “Shop-in-shop” concept on JUMIA Egypt provides access to JUMIA’s own nationwide shipping fleet, storage facilities, customer service platforms and offer buyers flexible payment methods. “The opportunity is huge”, said Mattia Perroni, CEO of...

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EOH SAP Services expands offering into Retail Market

May 9, 2014 • Company News, RetailComments Off on EOH SAP Services expands offering into Retail Market

The retail industry is a fascinating place to be. Consumer demands are increasing at a higher rate than ever before, cross communication and collaboration has never been so important and it doesn’t stop there. The ability to interact with customers on a...

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South Africa’s retailers leading way in enabling mobile payments

December 2, 2013 • Opinion, RetailComments Off on South Africa’s retailers leading way in enabling mobile payments

Turning our mobile phones into wallets has been a dream for a long time. The phone in your pocket is already an address book, camera, diary, music player, GPS system, notebook, dictaphone, photo album and general factotum – why shouldn’t it also replace...

Airtel Nigeria in retail partnership with Konga

July 4, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Retail, Top StoriesComments Off on Airtel Nigeria in retail partnership with Konga

Telecoms giant, Airtel Nigeria has partnered with online retail outfit, Konga, to offer consumers on the network a range of data services with the purchase of any blackberry and smartphone device from Konga. The partnership, which focuses on prepaid...

SA’s Retail Motor Industry to launch own telecommunications company

October 25, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, RetailComments Off on SA’s Retail Motor Industry to launch own telecommunications company

South African Retail Motor Industry body, RMI, has joined forces with JSE listed TeleMasters Limited to lead up to what will be SA’s first industry-specific telecommunications company. The RMI represents around 7,500 motor industry members, including car...

Mobile app model takes mobile retail mainstream

July 31, 2012 • Opinion, RetailComments Off on Mobile app model takes mobile retail mainstream

For more than a decade, mobile retail occupied a very narrow, highly profitable but insignificant niche involving small-ticket items like ringtones and wallpaper. Unstructured and fragmented, the industry doddered around in extended infancy, suffering...

Retail software developer taps into finance market

May 7, 2012 • Enterprise, RetailComments (1)

Alacrity Technologies (Pty) Ltd has announced that Argility has bought a majority stake in the privately held company.  Argility is the leading developer and provider of software solutions and integration services to the retail sector in the Southern...

Absa starts NFC trials for retail

December 6, 2011 • Mobile and Telecoms, Retail, Top StoriesComments Off on Absa starts NFC trials for retail

Absa has become the first bank in South Africa to roll out their NFC (near-field communication) trials for mobile phones. The trail will initially start with just 500 users, and should get underway in the middle of December. “Absa is the first institution...

SA might get Microsoft retail store

October 20, 2011 • Gadgets and Gaming, RetailComments Off on SA might get Microsoft retail store

At Microsoft’s Tech-Ed and Partner Summit in Durban, Microsoft’s Customer and Partner Lead Leane Hannigan hinted to the fact that South Africa might be getting a South African Microsoft store. The company has dedicated stores in a number of regions, which...

Using tech to add value to retail banking

February 22, 2011 • Opinion, RetailComments Off on Using tech to add value to retail banking

With the growing popularity of the Internet, coupled with the fact that the branch is a high cost centre for any bank, an increasing proportion of banking has been migrated over to the online channel in recent years to reduce costs and improve convenience for...

Safaricom taps into retail chains with M-Pesa

October 26, 2010 • Mobile and Telecoms, Retail, Top StoriesComments (1)

MOBILE telecoms firm, Safaricom, has scored yet another first by signing a partnership deal with local supermarkets that will see it tap into the high turnover retail chains’ business using its money transfer service, M-Pesa. The deal, which will enable...