The holiday season is in full swing and once again we can expect to see a surge in cyber attacks targeting retailers and consumers. Research from the National Retail Federation shows that spending during the winter holidays outstrips retail sales during all other holidays throughout the year – combined!...
Since the late 2000s, social media has become an integral part of our daily lives - whether to connect with friends and family, share information with others, or stay updated on the latest news and trends. With an average of 3.5 hours spent on social media each day by South...
Since GSM was first demonstrated in Cape Town in 1993 and the first GSM networks launched the next year, the telco industry has fundamentally transformed every country on the African continent. As some of the largest employers, most admired - and valuable - brands, and most innovative companies on...
The recently released SA Mobile Report 2017 revealed just how smartphones have changed the lives of South African consumers by enabling them to be more connected than ever. The report is based on a survey of nearly 5 000 mobile internet users across the country and shows that there is one...
10 years ago, South Africa (SA) was a very different place. Ordering a cab required a phone call well in advance to reserve a meter taxi and local eCommerce amounted to R2 bn for the year. Fast forward to 2020 where eCommerce has surpassed the R14 billion mark, and a...
Every year, the battle to survive as a brick-and-mortar retailer gets tougher. As consumer expectations heighten and e-commerce sales continue to rise, businesses too slow to adapt to a digital world have a tough road ahead, according to a new study by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. The 'Road...
Growing internet access and improvements in online security have allowed South African consumers to feel more comfortable with online shopping. Today, around 23% of local shoppers make a purchase at an eCommerce store at least once a month. With a wealth of information and options at their fingertips, these...
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 unbanked individuals achieve their financial goals while operating a regular bank...
Second-hand goods chain, Cash Crusaders has built and launched 'Click & Collect', the first instalment in taking their retail business online. “Although we’ve been planning the launch of eCommerce for our business for a while, COVID-19 rapidly increased the rate in which we rolled the service out,” says Sean Stegmann,...
As vital as the placement of screens and creation of dynamic content are in the effectiveness and success of in-store digital signage, technology is still the main driver in this industry. Retailers and marketing professionals need to ensure that they’re are informed on the new practical technologies on offer...
New and existing MTN subscribers are in for an airtime and data bonanza when they either purchase a 3G, LTE device, or sign up or upgrade for a 24 months MTN contract on Black Friday, on 25 November. Customers who upgrade to specified MTN tariff plans or sign up for...
Despite the lackluster macro-economic indicators, South African tenacity showed itself once again as retailers – especially smaller stores – cashed in on the online space over the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend says Payment Service Provider, DPO PayGate. The annual shopping mega events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday,...
Founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos has revealed that he will step down from his role in Q3 of this year. He is expected to transition to Executive Chair of the Amazon Board while Andy Jassy will become CEO. "Andy is well known inside the company and has been at...
Africa's 'answer to Amazon', Jumia is struggling to bounce back in 2020 after messy NYSE listing followed by the decision to pull out from two African countries, Tanzania and Cameroon. The eCommerce company, that now only operates in 12 African countries, has had to face local markets that are filled-to-the-brim...
Black Friday is the retail holiday in many countries across the globe. The phenomenon was popularised in the US as a means for retailers to sell enormous quantities of stock at lower prices, and it has proven to be a successful event year after year. In South Africa, the Black...
On Thursday, 20 September, Amazon held a launch event at it's Seattle headquarters where it unveiled a range of new products. Amazon introduced a dozen new Echo speakers and related gadgets in a bid to stay ahead of rivals Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) in the nascent...
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