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The Shoptech booth at NMW Australia 2019. Image sourced from Twitter.

Shoptech Software announces international expansion

July 9, 2019 • Digital Transformation, Retail, Southern AfricaComments (0)

American software company Shoptech Software has announced plans to expand into the global manufacturing market. The company been selling software in North America for the past 35 years and plans to expand its services across the globe. The E2 Shop System is the company’s most notable product. “This move felt like the natural, next step [&hellip...

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PayU purchases majority stake in Singapore-based Red Dot Payment

July 6, 2019 • Company News, Features, Finance, Retail, Top StoriesComments (0)

On Friday, 5 July 2019, PayU announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Red Dot Payment (RDP) — an online payment solutions provider in Southeast Asia. With this, PayU expands into the Southeast Asia region, bringing the total amount deployed in...

Jumia Food Nigeria promotes healthy living with addition of So Fresh to its platform

Jumia Food Nigeria promotes healthy living with addition of So Fresh to its platform

June 30, 2019 • Retail, West AfricaComments Off on Jumia Food Nigeria promotes healthy living with addition of So Fresh to its platform

  Jumia Food has added So Fresh, a Nigerian fresh food chain, to its platform. This is in a bid to promote healthy living among Nigerians. The collaboration was announced on Wednesday, 26th June 2019, at a press conference held by both So Fresh and...

OneCart launches grocery shopping app in South Africa

OneCart launches grocery shopping platform in South Africa

June 28, 2019 • Retail, Southern Africa, StartupsComments Off on OneCart launches grocery shopping platform in South Africa

OneCart has launched a new e-commerce grocery website and mobile application that allow users to shop by category across multiple stores. Products can be filtered according to dietary preferences, allowing for a more tailor-made shopping experience. Founded...

New app scans items to reveal how environmentally-friendly they are

New app scans items to reveal how environmentally-friendly they are

June 27, 2019 • Digital Transformation, Features, Retail, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on New app scans items to reveal how environmentally-friendly they are

In 2017, married couple, James and Jo Hand, began working on GiKi Enterprise. This came after they realised that buying ethically sourced and sustainable products is an unnecessary hassle.  “We wanted to help people reduce the environmental impact of...

Kenyan website launches e-commerce programme for mothers

Kenyan website launches e-commerce programme for mothers

June 26, 2019 • East Africa, Retail, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenyan website launches e-commerce programme for mothers

MumsVillage, a parenting website for expert advice and online community support in Kenya, announced the launch of the MumsVillageShop. Aimed at becoming a one-stop-shop for mum and baby products MumsVillageShop reflects the changing preferences of consumers...

William Miller (left) and Renaldo de Jager (right), co-founders of auction.co.za

Brick and click concept set to transform the car-buying experience

June 20, 2019 • Online & Social, Retail, Southern AfricaComments Off on Brick and click concept set to transform the car-buying experience

E-commerce is experiencing a drastic increase in South Africa, as the number of online shoppers is predicted to reach 25 million in 2021 which is a growth from 18 million in 2017. In the next two years, the average online spend is predicted to be...

Jumia empowers Nigerian women through eCommerce

June 18, 2019 • Online & Social, Retail, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Jumia empowers Nigerian women through eCommerce

Nigeria’s online shopping platform, Jumia, is attempting to bridge the ever-increasing unemployment gap by empowering young women. The company launched its ‘Women & Youth Empowerment’ pilot programme in Yaba, Lagos on Friday, 14th June...

Superbalist adopts new technologies to speed up browsing

Superbalist adopts new technologies to speed up browsing

May 10, 2019 • Retail, Top StoriesComments Off on Superbalist adopts new technologies to speed up browsing

South Africa’s e-tailer, Superbalist.com, has adopted two new technologies which have accelerated the browsing experience for shoppers and translated into strong business results. One year in, and Accelerated Mobile Apps (AMP) and Progressive Web Apps...

Takealot expands e-commerce offering

Takealot expands e-commerce offering

May 9, 2019 • Retail, Top StoriesComments Off on Takealot expands e-commerce offering

South Africans can now shop for luxury beauty brands online at Takealot.com and Superbalist.com. The online retailers have extended their offering to include Estée Lauder, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, Glamglow, Tommy Hilfiger, DKNY, Aramis and Lab...

Takealot launches nationwide pickup points in South Africa

Takealot launches nationwide pickup points

May 6, 2019 • Retail, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Takealot launches nationwide pickup points

South Africa’s online retailer takealot.com has launched over 25 collection facilities across the country. Its flagship Takealot Pickup Point at the New Road off-ramp in Midrand spans the N1 highway, the busiest highway in Africa, allowing motorists...

Nigeria's classifieds marketplace boosts presence with OLX deal

Nigeria’s classifieds marketplace boosts presence with OLX deal

April 3, 2019 • Retail, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria’s classifieds marketplace boosts presence with OLX deal

Jiji, Nigeria’s classifieds marketplace has reached an agreement with OLX to redirect OLX users in Nigeria to Jiji and to acquire OLX businesses in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. The transaction is supported by one of Jiji’s principal investors,...

Yodiwo partnership to transform smart retail sector in Africa

Yodiwo partnership to transform smart retail sector in Africa

April 3, 2019 • Internet of Things, Retail, Top StoriesComments Off on Yodiwo partnership to transform smart retail sector in Africa

  Yodiwo South Africa has formed a partnership with Cold Tech Marketing which will transform the retail sector in South Africa with intelligent IoT platform capabilities, analytics, and machine learning algorithms at a price point versus response time...

How augmented reality and virtual reality will transform retail experience

How AR and VR will transform the retail experience

April 2, 2019 • Retail, Top StoriesComments Off on How AR and VR will transform the retail experience

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have the potential to shake up the customer experience by individualising retailers’ offers and enabling customers to visualise products in different settings. By 2020, 100 million consumers will shop in...

2018 best ideas for profitable dropshipping product niches

2018 best ideas for profitable dropshipping product niches

March 25, 2019 • Retail, SponsoredComments Off on 2018 best ideas for profitable dropshipping product niches

Having a well-settled dropshipping store with well-placed ads and perfectly managed SEO thoroughly is just like a dream come true for almost all of the dropshipping business lovers. It needs a lot of hard work and dedication to build up the successful empire...

Yodiwo partnership to transform smart retail sector in Africa

Konga migrates to Intel Retail Accelerator Programme

March 15, 2019 • Retail, West AfricaComments Off on Konga migrates to Intel Retail Accelerator Programme

Nigerian e-commerce site, Konga has announced that it has migrated to the Retail Accelerator Program of global technology company Intel, thereby becoming the first e-commerce company in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve the feat. Konga’s elevation to the...