Omnisient Recognised for Impact on Growing Financial Inclusion in Africa

Omnisient, the global leader in privacy-preserving data collaboration, was recognised at the Africa Bank Summit held in Nairobi this week for the impact it is having on growing financial inclusion in Africa. This accolade highlights a groundbreaking initiative that has enabled banks to assess credit risk and qualify millions of previously underserved individuals by analysing

Engen Partners With Grain SA at Nampo to Keep Driving Agriculture Forward

Engen, a leading energy and solutions partner dedicated to enriching lives for a sustainable future, will again proudly partner with Grain SA as a sponsor of the Nampo Harvest Day 2024. Scheduled to run from 14-17 May 2024 in Bothaville in the Free State, Nampo Harvest Day showcases agricultural innovation, aligning perfectly with Engen’s mission

Parkdene Boulevard Redevelopment Bolsters Growth of Boksburg Node

Construction has commenced on the redevelopment of Parkdene Boulevard, a retail centre in the burgeoning suburb of Parkdene in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni. It is set to open in October 2024. The 32,000sqm centre is being upgraded by Abland Property Developers and Retail Africa, which are both known for their innovative development approach, and is a collaboration

South Africa’s Last-Mile Delivery Game Needs to Be on Point – Bob Group

Africa’s last-mile delivery market is expected to be worth $2.3 billion (R43 Billion) by 2030. If one considers that the continent will be home to some two billion people by 2050, it becomes clear that this sector will grow exponentially and offer many new business opportunities. Meanwhile, South Africa’s total ecommerce market is on track

Retail Infrastructure Transformation Across Africa: An Evolution and Revolution – Vertiv Africa

By Henry Myburgh, strategic key account manager at Vertiv Africa In the dynamic and ever-changing retail landscape, ongoing transformation is a strategic necessity to cater to the primary reality that ‘the customer is king’ – retailers must be adaptive to change in order to meet new customer demands. The intricate interplay of consumer behaviours, driven

Four Business Trends to Navigate the Economic Future – Yoco

Physical retail businesses remain crucial in the South African landscape, catering to the preferences of many customers. However, as eCommerce continues to surge, these businesses will experience challenges competing with industry giants like Amazon. The trends outlined below are essential considerations for a thriving retail business in an increasingly online world. While they’re not a

Harnessing the Potential of Mobile Payments in Africa – Halo Dot

Dalene Deale, Strategic Consultant at Halo Dot Financial inclusion remains a critical barrier across Africa. A considerable segment of the population remains alienated from basic banking services. Yet, the arrival of mobile payment technologies, like Halo Dot, promises to bridge this gap. Halo Dot’s innovative approach turns mobile devices into secure, encrypted payment terminals, allowing

Africa’s Thriving Consumer Market to Shine at 30th Edition of SAITEX

Africa has one of the world’s fastest growing consumer markets, projected to boast 1.7 billion consumers by 2030. The number of ‘ultra-high net worth’ individuals in Africa with assets exceeding $30 million is expected to grow by almost 50% this year, making way for ample retail opportunities. Consumer and business spending in Africa should reach

South African Consumers Feel the Big Squeeze: 99% Have Changed Their FMCG Shopping Habits to Save Money – NIQ

According to NIQ, 44% of South African consumers feel they are in a worse financial position this year compared to a year ago. Of those respondents, 82% say that increased costs of living are to blame for their recent financial struggles, up from 76% a year ago. Nearly two-thirds (62%) state they are worse off

What Generative AI means for Retail – Accenture

By Sheetal Patel, Retail lead and Junaid Kleinschmidt, Digital Marketing Strategy and Intelligence lead for Accenture, Africa In the span of a year, the landscape of artificial intelligence has undergone a remarkable transformation. Until late 2022, few people outside of cutting-edge artificial intelligence had heard of Large Language Models (LLMs) or Generative AI. Now, it’s

Tarsus on Demand Launches Digital on Demand Division, Aimed At Accelerating Digitalisation for SMB Businesses

In a strategic move to bolster the digital transformation of small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) across South Africa and Africa, Tarsus On Demand is proud to announce the launch of Digital On Demand, and it’s Digital Business Hub Marketplace. This comprehensive digital business hub is designed to empower SMBs on their digitalisation journey, addressing the unique challenges

Shoprite Calls for Action to Counter Food Insecurity

By 2025 nearly half of South Africa’s population will be food insecure, with 48.96% of the population potentially not having enough to eat. Provincially, Limpopo will suffer the worst food insecurity with 54% of the population not sure about where their next meal will come from. Although in the Western Cape and Gauteng the numbers

Is It Time to Re-Imagine Black Friday in the African Context? – Absa

Chipo Masawi-Butayi, Coverage Banker: Consumer Goods & Services at Absa CIB and Pauline Manyoki, Product Manager at Absa Bank Kenya American novelist, Herman Melville once wrote: “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” This quote felt apt as we review consumer habits and the annual “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”

DP World and Standard Bank Conclude Us$ 365.1 Million Facility Agreement to Drive Logistics and Market Access Expansion Across Sub-Saharan Africa

DP World has extended its long-standing partnership with leading pan-African bank, Standard Bank, by concluding a US$365.1 million facility agreement to support its logistics and market access expansion across the sub-Saharan (SSA) region. The facility offers DP World’s SSA logistics and market access businesses access to a multi-product, multi-jurisdiction, and multi-currency facility. This solution has

Mauritius Telecom Unveils a New Groundbreaking Partnership With Multichoice to Bring Dstv Stream to Mauritius

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of MultiChoice Group. Mauritius Telecom, the number one telecom operator in Mauritius, and MultiChoice, Africa’s leading entertainment platform, are pleased to announce their partnership to bring DStv Stream to Mauritius. A signing ceremony between Mauritius Telecom, represented by its CEO Kapil Reesaul and MultiChoice Africa, represented by Jose Escobar,

Starlink and Jumia Collaborate to Expand Internet Service in Africa

Jumia, the leading e-commerce platform in Africa, has announced an agreement with Starlink, a satellite internet service, to retail the Starlink Residential Kit in Africa. With this partnership, Jumia aims to bridge the digital divide by delivering Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency internet to previously underserved regions of Africa. The agreement will initially cover Nigeria, with plans

Ecommerce: Awakening the B2B Experience – Schneider Electric

Most of us have engaged in eCommerce one way or another and are likely to frequent our tried and tested online providers for years to come. We can navigate B2C eCommerce comfortably and enjoy the ease of finding great products, seamless services, and fast delivery. In fact, the eCommerce user experience (UX) continues to get

Checkers Xtra Savings Plus on a Mission to Make Additional Savings Possible for Customers

In an African retail first, Checkers has launched Xtra Savings Plus, a monthly subscription offering unlimited free Sixty60 grocery deliveries, even more personalised offers and an additional in-store discount. After a successful beta trial with customers, the subscription offer is now being made available to all its consumers, at the same price of only R99

Mastercard SME Confidence Index: 76% of SMEs in Africa Project Similar or Increased Revenue in 2023

From surviving to thriving in the post-COVID world, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa are optimistic about 2023 revenue projections. These are the findings of the second edition of the Mastercard Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EEMEA) SME Confidence Index. The 2021 inaugural SME Confidence Index delved into the impact of the pandemic

Wasoko Expands to the Democratic Republic of Congo

Wasoko, the African e-commerce company using innovative technology to transform the informal retail supply chain, has today announced its expansion into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) leveraging its existing ecommerce hub in neighboring Rwanda. With the announcement marking the startup’s second country expansion this year after launching its Zambia operations in May 2023, it

AI Transforms CX and Service Delivery

Helping companies deliver excellent customer service has been at the heart of 1Stream since the business was launched 15 years ago. While much has changed over the last decade and a half, the essence of what makes 1Stream Southern Africa’s leading CRM and cloud-based contact centre provider remains the same: a commitment to delivering leading-edge,

SPAR Zimbabwe Rainbow Run 2023 Raises $20,000 for Childline and ZNSPCA

More than 2,500 people took part in the 2023 SPAR Zimbabwe Rainbow Run, which raised $20,000 for two of its long-time charity partners Childline and Zimbabwe National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Zimbabweans of all ages and walks of life came together to take part in the SPAR Zimbabwe Rainbow Run. More

New ‘Smart Store’ Paves the Way for 21st Century Supermarkets – Danfoss Climate Solutions

As the world’s population continues on its course to reach 10 billion people by 2050, investments in sustainable food retail and storage are urgently needed to ensure we are able to feed the growing number of people on the planet. The pressure is growing, both on energy demand and costs, and on the need to

Spur Corporation Earnings Up 76% as Business Strategy Gains Momentum

Spur Corporation overcame mounting pressure on consumer spending to deliver a resilient trading performance in the year to June 2023 as franchised restaurant turnover grew 23.0% to R9.5 billion and revenue increased by 27.4% to pass the R3.0 billion mark. Headline earnings increased by 75.9% to R213 million. The group increased sales in retail company

PAYM8 Expands E-Commerce Offering, Empowering Merchants with Seamless Payment Solutions Amid Surging Demand

Leading tech and financial gateway service provider PAYM8, announced the expansion of its e-commerce offering. This comes in response to the South African e-commerce market’s projected growth of 11.89% in the next five years, reaching a market volume of US$9.97 billion, roughly R75 billion, by 2027. As consumers increasingly value the convenience, time savings, and

Kenya Breweries Limited and Murang’a County Sign Sorghum Farming Deal

Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) and Murang’a County have signed a partnership that will see KBL support farmers growing sorghum in the area. This is part of the efforts by the alcohol manufacturer to empower communities through gainful employment as well as contribute to the shared growth of KBL. Speaking during the official signing ceremony at

Vivo Energy Mauritius Announces New Managing Director

The Board of Directors of Vivo Energy Mauritius Limited (“the Company”) hereby announces, pending the fulfillment of requisite formalities, the appointment of Mr. Fouad Khfifi as the Managing Director of Vivo Energy Mauritius Ltd, effective from the 1st of September 2023. Mr. Khfifi will assume this pivotal role, succeeding the incumbent Managing Director, Mr. Matthias

Technology Enables Inspection and Detection for Food & Beverage Manufacturers – SYSPRO Africa

By Johan du Toit, Strategic Sales Executive for SYSPRO Africa Simply put, consumers must be able to trust the food they buy. Quality control issues can easily and quickly lead to consumer dissatisfaction and negative sentiment towards a brand or product line. They may also lead to a costly product recall, or in the worst-case

Women in the Lead in E-commerce – Mr D

As e-commerce grows globally with online shopper numbers expected to continue to increase by 18 percent annually in Africa, a report by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) projects that such growth could be higher if we invest in the women entrepreneurs on e-commerce platforms. The industry presents South Africa with a clear opportunity for women

Vivo Energy Rwanda Unveils New Engen Service Station – “KICUKIRO 250”

Vivo Energy Rwanda has announced the grand opening of its latest service station, “KICUKIRO 250,” situated in Niboye sector. The inauguration took place on Wednesday, 2 August, 2023, at 3:00 PM, as part of Vivo Energy’s strategic growth agenda. Strategically located in a thriving area, “KICUKIRO 250” connects various high-potential zones encompassing commercial, residential, and

SPAR Women’s Challenge in Johannesburg to Welcome Thousands

Consistently growing in popularity, the SPAR Women’s Challenge Jozi has witnessed a surge in participants in recent years. It provides an opportunity for women of all ages, fitness levels and backgrounds to participate over 10km or 5km distances. The event also forms part of the SPAR Grand Prix series, in what is expected to be

Discover the All-New Somerset Mall: Elevating Your Shopping Experience to New Heights!

Attention all shopping enthusiasts! Get ready to experience your favourite retail destination in a whole new way! Somerset Mall, located in the heart of the picturesque Helderberg region in the Western Cape, understands the need to continually evolve and enhance the shopping environment. This inspired the mall to embark on an ambitious redevelopment project. Brace

SA’S Traditional Trade Sector – Small Format Big Growth In 2023

The Traditional Trade sector in South Africa has experienced an impressive post COVID-19 resurgence, reaching new heights in total FMCG sales (incl Liquor & Tobacco) in 2023 according to the latest NIQ South Africa analysis. The sector achieved R187-Billion in annual spend in the 12 months up to the end of June 2023 compared to

AI Has Simplified and Smartened Contact Centres – 1Stream

You’ll be hard pressed surfing news sites without reading about the age of AI and the rise of the bots. While the impact of AI on our lives is debated, the jury is in on AI in contact centres and the verdict is unanimous. AI is transforming contact centres in profoundly positive ways. Here are

CCBSA MD Velaphi Ratshefola Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa’s Managing Director, Velaphi Ratshefola has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award in the country’s premier awards for leadership and innovation in sustainable transformation, the Top Empowerment Awards. For the past 22 years, the Awards have showcased the businesses leading in transformation, and those who have inspired South Africa’s business elite.

Tackling Payment Fraud Head-On in South Africa’s Mining and Construction Industries

As one of the top ten mining countries in the world, South Africa’s economy relies heavily on this industry as well as those closely related to it, such as construction. Yet this also makes these industries attractive targets for cyber criminals. The mining industry is among the most at-risk industries for fraud and in some

Massmart Improves Online Collection and Delivery Lead Times

Massmart, in its bid to become the leading retail and wholesale eCommerce destination in South Africa, is reaping the benefits of re-setting and upgrading its online order fulfilment infrastructure. This started with creating a centralised eCommerce Pickup & Delivery capability comprising approximately 60 specialists across functions which include eCommerce Operations, Customer Operations and Inventory Optimisation.

Harnessing the Power of 360-degree Retail Technology to Create a Seamless Retail Environment – redPanda Software

By Peter Ludi, MD Solutions at redPanda Software In the wake of the rapidly evolving digital landscape, retailers are continuously confronted with a myriad of software solutions. Implementing these systems often requires a considerable investment of resources, frequently resulting in a patchwork of fragmented systems and siloed operations. One can only browse through recent media

Vaal Mall Opens New Link Road Access Into the Mall From the R57 Golden Highway

Vaal Mall has completed the development of a convenient new link road into the mall from the R57 Golden Highway. The new link road, with access directly off the R57 and which joins up with Helena Lochner Street, was officially opened yesterday, Tuesday, 1 August 2023, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on site. The road was

Consumer Goods Council of South Africa Wins Permanent Interdict Against Seizure of Meat Analogue Meat Products

The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) has successfully interdicted the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (the Department) and its assignee the Food Safety Agency (FSA) from seizing any meat analogue products presented for sale in South Africa, pending the outcome of the CGCSA’s application to review the decision to seize

The Rise of the Hybrid Retail Model – a New Dawn for South African Shoppers – Mobicred

The pandemic years catalysed a shift in the local retail sector, driven by the dramatically accelerated pace of digitisation. In the wake of COVID-19, greater adoption of online shopping was limited only by the fact that South Africa remains a predominantly cash-based economy. But, with the launch of the ‘cash-like’ payment system, Payshap, this picture

Pick N’ Pay Smart Shoppers ‘Sit On’ R250 Million In Their Wallets

Cash-strapped consumers might unknowingly have extra cash in their wallets. Pick n Pay has reported that over 11 million customers have unclaimed Smart Shopper points already loaded on their card, totalling over R250 million in cash-back rewards. The retailer issues around four billion Smart Shopper points every month for each shop, boosted through its Clubs

Spur Corporation Strengthens Position in Day-Time Specialty Dining and Enters Coffee specialty Market

Spur Corporation is to acquire a 60% stake in the Doppio Group, owners of speciality restaurant brands Doppio Zero, Piza e Vino and Modern Tailors with a portfolio of 37 franchised and company-owned restaurants as well as a bakery and central supply business. The business is being acquired from founders Paul Christie and Miki Milovanovic

Addressing the Information Gap in Nigeria’s Durable and Consumer Electronics Retail Market – GfK Africa

With the largest population in Africa, including a sizeable if pressurised middle class, Nigeria is an attractive market for consumer electronic and durables brands. Yet only a handful of companies from the rest of the world have succeeded when they’ve entered this complex but dynamic market. One of the major challenges organisations face as they

Collaboration Crucial for Township Economy and Local Retail Sector to Thrive

The informal sector has a crucial role to play in the global economy and connecting it properly to government and corporates to bring about opportunities to collaborate, learn and grow was at the heart of the recent SAITEX, which concluded in Johannesburg recently. The Southern African International Trade Exhibition (SAITEX), the leading multi-sector trade event

Collaboration Crucial for Township Economy and Local Retail Sector to Thrive – SAITEX

The informal sector has a crucial role to play in the global economy and connecting it properly to government and corporates to bring about opportunities to collaborate, learn and grow was at the heart of the recent SAITEX, which concluded in Johannesburg recently. The Southern African International Trade Exhibition (SAITEX), the leading multi-sector trade event

Are SA Retailers Ready to Grab the Country’s Massive Ecommerce Opportunity? – Paystack

By Joel Bronkowski, South Africa Country Lead at Paystack Amidst general struggles for South African retailers (figures for March show that retail trade sales were down 1.6% year on year), the country is experiencing an ecommerce boom. While the sector’s growth at the height of the pandemic was to be expected, it’s notable that growth

Kyosk Acquires KwikBasket to Accelerate its Farm & Fresh Line of Business, Transforming the Distribution of Fresh Produce in Africa

Kyosk Digital Services, a digital-first and data-led distribution platform, is pleased to announce its expansion into the African fresh produce market with the launch of its Farm & Fresh line of business. This follows on the back of Kyosk’s recent acquisition of KwikBasket, a prominent player in the agricultural industry known for its expertise in

DFCU Bank, Mastercard, and Rabo Partnerships Join Forces to Digitize Agricultural Ecosystem in Uganda

(L-R): Daniel Huba, Vice President of Sub-Saharan Africa Market Development for Community Pass at Mastercard; Charles Mudiwa, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of dfcu Bank; and David Gerbrands, Global Head of Agri and Banking Advisory Services and Inclusive Business Ventures at Rabo Partnerships, signing the partnership agreement in Uganda. Through the Farm Pass platform,

Leveraging Unified Commerce Solutions for Customer-Centric Retail Success – redPanda Software

Understanding the changing consumer journey is paramount in today’s ever-evolving retail landscape. Retailers must embrace agile and responsive strategies to meet rising customer expectations and seamlessly navigate a vast array of shopping experiences. This is particularly crucial in South Africa, where intermittent power supply often requires shoppers to adjust their habits to ‘follow the power.’