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Opinion: 9 ways to slash e-commerce cart abandonment

January 23, 2017 • Finance, RetailComments Off on Opinion: 9 ways to slash e-commerce cart abandonment

Global shopping cart abandonment on e-commerce websites is reported at anything between 60 and 70 percent. Yet simple tweaks to the purchasing process and a keen eye on usability can ensure more completed sales and, ultimately, better customer retention. While there will always be some measure of natural abandonment because customers are just browsing,...

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African Online Shopping Trends in 2017

January 17, 2017 • Features, Online & Social, Retail, Top StoriesComments Off on African Online Shopping Trends in 2017

The digital age has seen the rise of many activities that used to require you to leave the house, but can now be done from the comfort of your couch. That of course includes many people’s favorite thing to do, blow all our hard earned cash…...

Second-hand still South Africa’s choice on bidorbuy

January 16, 2017 • Retail, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Second-hand still South Africa’s choice on bidorbuy

In the initial days of bidorbuy there was a big demand for second-hand goods in the South African online marketplace. The market these days is a little different with only 20% of the 2 million items offered for sale on the site are pre-owned. This leaves the...

Standing out in 2017: Top 5 Digital Signage Technologies

January 16, 2017 • RetailComments Off on Standing out in 2017: Top 5 Digital Signage Technologies

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...

South Africa: Makro buys last mile delivery startup WumDrop

Worlds first no address delivery service launches

January 16, 2017 • Retail, Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Worlds first no address delivery service launches

What is Deliver 2 Me? Wumdrop has developed the world’s first delivery solution which delivers to the real time location of your mobile phone, allowing you to choose the hour that you would like your order to be delivered, at the exact location you will be,...

Style meets Innovation with new Jogba earbuds by Walton Blank

January 9, 2017 • Gadgets and Gaming, RetailComments Off on Style meets Innovation with new Jogba earbuds by Walton Blank

A truly limitless future where complexity, wires and bulkiness are a thing of the past. This is what inspired the team behind Jogab to create a brand for next generation products. Their first product launch, Jogab wireless earbuds, looks to transform the way...

Online Shoppers in Sub-Saharan Africa still don’t trust e-commerce sites

December 20, 2016 • East Africa, Online & Social, Retail, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Online Shoppers in Sub-Saharan Africa still don’t trust e-commerce sites

A majority of Africans in Sub-Saharan do not trust online shopping sites, this is according to a recent GeoPoll survey conducted in 5 African countries; Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana on online shopping following a Black Friday frenzy seen in...

PayU launches new service to advance Nigeria's cashless economy

Online shopper – the lessons of 2016

December 20, 2016 • Retail, Southern AfricaComments Off on Online shopper – the lessons of 2016

  In a turbulent 2016 for the consumer, it’s the online shopper that may have escaped with the least scars, as the online environment has become more flexible and secure. While the estimated R8.9 billion spent annually online in South Africa may not be...

Zoto tops Google play shopping category list

December 15, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Retail, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Zoto tops Google play shopping category list

Zoto has announced that it has become the number one app in Google play store in Nigeria for the shopping category. With this new development, Zoto has registered a strong presence in the airtime recharge segment in Africa, which was dependent upon physical...

SA online retailers can avoid the festive slump

December 14, 2016 • Retail, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on SA online retailers can avoid the festive slump

Despite several well-documented mishaps and site breakdowns, Black Friday and Cyber Monday evoked the online shopping boon that local e-tailers were hoping for. In line with the global retailing frenzy, local brands and businesses enjoyed a massive surge in...

Superbalist adopts new technologies to speed up browsing

Tips for staying safe online during the festive season

December 14, 2016 • Retail, Security, Top StoriesComments Off on Tips for staying safe online during the festive season

As the popularity of online shopping increases, so does the likelihood of falling foul of cybercrooks, not necessarily because they are putting in extra effort during the festive season, but simply because more of us are doing more online shopping at this...

Innovation and consolidation to drive African tech deals

Standard Bank acquires Firepay, the team behind SnapScan

December 12, 2016 • Finance, Online & Social, Retail, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Standard Bank acquires Firepay, the team behind SnapScan

Standard Bank has acquired a majority stake in Firepay – the team behind mobile payments product, SnapScan. Firepay was formed in 2013 to apply new mobile payments technology to build innovative products. In 2014 Firepay, in partnership with Standard...

Lenovo opens first ever brand retail store in Nigeria

December 8, 2016 • Retail, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Lenovo opens first ever brand retail store in Nigeria

According to a report by The Guardian, Lenovo Nigeria and Slot Systems have partnered to operate the first ever brand retail store in Nigeria. The store is set to be located at the Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos and will cater for Lenovo laptops, desktops,...

South African Hyperli launches new online deal marketplace

December 7, 2016 • Finance, Retail, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (4)

Fast on the heels of Groupon’s exit from the South African market, newly formed Hyperli is set to take the online daily deal marketplace by storm. Hyperli has honed its offering and has launched a newly curated online marketplace focused on delivering...

Superbalist adopts new technologies to speed up browsing

Retailers, be vigilant! Card- and cybercrime threat trends for the holiday season

December 5, 2016 • Retail, Security, Southern AfricaComments Off on Retailers, be vigilant! Card- and cybercrime threat trends for the holiday season

‘Tis the season to be joyful, for family and gifts, fun and relaxation. Consumers are eager to spend and retailers are keen for the windfall of the holidays. This annual event does sometimes produce spectacles worthy of parody, such as the insane crowds...

South Africa’s app developers have upped their game

Keep track of your spending and save this festive season

December 2, 2016 • Online & Social, Retail, Top StoriesComments (2)

It’s that time of the year again. Whether you are buying gifts for loved ones, travelling, or just treating yourself to something special, make sure you don’t find yourself feeling the blues in January. ALCATEL recommends the following Android apps to...