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Benefits of working with influencers for your startup

Benefits of working with influencers for your startup

16/10/2018 - 14:20
Considering the growth in popular social media personalities, many brands have seen powerful results when working with these personalities to market their products or services online.  read more
Reasons for your small business to consider automation

Reasons for your small business to consider automation

16/10/2018 - 08:42
In recent years, automation has been on the tip of many business owners’ tongues. While it’s certainly a big corporate buzzword, there is a good reason behind it. Thanks to the latest digital innovations, automation can save your startup plenty of time and money.  read more
Recognising, rewarding and retaining ‘high-value customers’

Recognising, rewarding and retaining ‘high-value customers’

12/10/2018 - 13:51
In an increasingly tough economic environment, businesses must do all they can to not only attract new customers but look after existing ones – especially those who are categorised as ‘high-value’ or absolutely essential to the survival of the business. read more
 7 Tips for providing exceptional shopper support in-store

7 Tips for providing exceptional shopper support in-store

11/10/2018 - 12:02
Customer service is one of the biggest drivers of sales and loyalty in retail, yet plenty of merchants continue to underestimate just how powerful it can be. Head to the mall and you’ll see that many companies still fall short when it comes to serving and delighting consumers. Don’t let your business be one of them. Strive to provide superb customer support and make sure that you and everyone else in your team are willing to go above and beyond for shoppers. read more
A good customer experience can impact repeat business

A good customer experience can impact repeat business

10/10/2018 - 08:56
Companies that ensure that customers who want to cancel their services have a positive experience leave the door open for future business. read more
SA in longest downward business cycle since 1945 - report

SA in longest downward business cycle since 1945 - report

09/10/2018 - 09:03
South Africa is in the longest downward business cycle since 1945, according to a report by the Centre for Risk Analysis (CRA) at the Institute of Race Relations (IRR). read more
SA’s economy could remain in the doldrums, survey shows

SA’s economy could remain in the doldrums, survey shows

05/10/2018 - 10:20
The Standard Bank PMI remained in contractionary territory for a third consecutive month. read more
Barnes & Noble soars as going private could mean faster changes

Barnes & Noble soars as going private could mean faster changes

05/10/2018 - 08:19
Barnes & Noble, facing management upheaval and shrinking revenue, buoyed shareholders’ spirits with news it’s weighing acquisition interest from several parties, including chairperson Len Riggio.  read more
4 Ways retailers can generate more revenue

4 Ways retailers can generate more revenue

04/10/2018 - 14:06
As a retailer, you go into everything that you do for your business with a plan. There are hundreds of things that you have to consider. How is your time best spent? Are there certain things that influence customers to buy more? Will certain strategies be more effective than other sales strategies?  read more
Customer experience driving CRM’s evolution

Customer experience driving CRM’s evolution

04/10/2018 - 08:30
The urgent need for businesses to attract and retain customers in today’s fiercely competitive market has revolutionised customer interaction and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). This is now a technology-driven business discipline underpinned by the advent of big data analytics, AI and the cloud. read more
Toys 'R' Us lenders cancel auction, plan to revive brand

Toys 'R' Us lenders cancel auction, plan to revive brand

03/10/2018 - 11:43
The top lenders of Toys ‘R’ Us have decided to cancel the bankruptcy auction of its brand name and other intellectual property assets and instead plan to revive the Toys ‘R’ Us and Babies ‘R’ Us brand names, a court filing showed. read more
Shoprite brings cost-free payroll and bulk payment transactions to business owners

Shoprite brings cost-free payroll and bulk payment transactions to business owners

02/10/2018 - 11:17
Businesses can now send money to multiple receivers with Shoprite Money - the mobile transactional banking service which is available to everyone, even those without bank accounts.  read more
Bleak manufacturing outlook as PMI keeps falling

Bleak manufacturing outlook as PMI keeps falling

02/10/2018 - 10:23
The poor PMI for September indicates that production in the manufacturing sector will be subdued. read more
Why SMEs should outsource customer service to boost their bottom line

Why SMEs should outsource customer service to boost their bottom line

01/10/2018 - 09:03
With ongoing advancements in technology, it’s a priority for small business owners to adopt a digital mindset. Based on where the market is headed, the future of customer service is artificial and extremely intelligent. If you’re not will to adapt to digital transformation, your business is going to struggle to survive. read more
6 helpful ways to improve the financial health of your small business

6 helpful ways to improve the financial health of your small business

28/09/2018 - 10:41
Starting, owning and running a business is financially taxing. It can become overwhelming overnight, and if you’re not constantly monitoring your financial status, you’re falling behind.  read more
Clicks CEO to retire after 13 years at the helm

Clicks CEO to retire after 13 years at the helm

21/09/2018 - 10:36
Clicks Group CEO David Kneale is retiring after 13 years at the helm of the retail and healthcare group. read more
3 Tips on how to grow your start-up: go global from day one

3 Tips on how to grow your start-up: go global from day one

19/09/2018 - 13:51
You might think it’s hard to become a global business, but companies from all over the world are managing to make it internationally, and here are a few ways it can be done. read more
Customer experience and the brand need to become two parts of the same equation

Customer experience and the brand need to become two parts of the same equation

19/09/2018 - 13:19
Winning customer experience visions should be centred on authenticity and delivering on the brand promise. read more
Exciting predictions to look forward to in customer service technology

Exciting predictions to look forward to in customer service technology

19/09/2018 - 09:45
Customer service has evolved over the years. Today, companies are relying on artificial support to assist in time-consuming tasks and to bridge the communication gap between agents and customers. From real-time messaging and video technology to self-service, cryptocurrencies and more, the traditional customer-facing departments are experiencing massive changes in day-to-day operations.  read more
Low business confidence bodes ill for SA

Low business confidence bodes ill for SA

18/09/2018 - 14:33
SA’s battered economy will come under further strain as business confidence reached its lowest level in a year. read more
The time has come for digital transformation

The time has come for digital transformation

17/09/2018 - 11:32
Using technology to drive business transformation is hardly a new thing. In fact, reducing paper and automating processes are goals many organisations share. Yet, change has been slow in coming with some decision-makers even resisting digitalisation. This needs to change if organisations are to unlock new insights from their data. read more
Danone supports healthy eating, sets new ‘One Planet. One Health’ sustainability goals

Danone supports healthy eating, sets new ‘One Planet. One Health’ sustainability goals

14/09/2018 - 14:01
At its Annual General Meeting this year, Danone introduced a set of nine long-term goals for the company and its brands. Aligned with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development agenda, the Danone 2030 Goals embed the business, brand and trust models of the company to drive long-term sustainable value creation and deliver the company’s ‘One Planet. One Health’ vision.  read more
China’s Alibaba in joint venture with Russia’s Mail.ru internet group

China’s Alibaba in joint venture with Russia’s Mail.ru internet group

14/09/2018 - 10:00
Alibaba Group is setting up a $2bn joint venture with billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s internet services firm Mail.ru Group to strengthen the Chinese company’s foothold in Russian e-commerce. read more
Disruptive, digital era demands new business models

Disruptive, digital era demands new business models

14/09/2018 - 08:29
In 1980, the average life expectancy of a firm in the Fortune 500 was around 38 years. Today, it is less than 15 years and declining all the time, says Sean Culey, a globally recognised business transformation expert and author. He believes that companies aiming to thrive in the new, disruptive, digital era must transform their business models. read more
Dr. Oetker acquires cake decorating company Wilton Brands

Dr. Oetker acquires cake decorating company Wilton Brands

12/09/2018 - 09:20
Dr. Oetker has acquired US-based cake decorating business Wilton Brands from TowerBrook Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum. read more
Partnerships help retailers move from bricks to clicks

Partnerships help retailers move from bricks to clicks

11/09/2018 - 11:29
It is no new revelation that traditional retailers are having to revisit their business models as new, agile e-commerce stores are eroding the reach of ‘in-store’ retail outlets. To mirror the success of newer, online stores, large retailers are looking to modernise by establishing parallel online presences.  read more
Storm clouds gathering for SA consumers, economists warn

Storm clouds gathering for SA consumers, economists warn

11/09/2018 - 09:06
Storm clouds are gathering and are about to burst for consumers, economists warned, after poor GDP data released this week confirmed that South Africa was in a technical recession. read more
Podcasts every startup entrepreneur should be listening to

Podcasts every startup entrepreneur should be listening to

10/09/2018 - 15:01
Starting a business and becoming an entrepreneur requires dedication, confidence and an optimistic mindset. For one, you need to be convinced by your own tactics and two, you cannot simply give up. You need to be motivated enough to keep moving forward even when times become tough and overwhelming.  read more
Carlsberg to scrap plastic rings on cans in favour of glue

Carlsberg to scrap plastic rings on cans in favour of glue

10/09/2018 - 14:23
Carlsberg will ditch plastic rings which connect multi-packs of its beer and replace them with glue, in a move which is set to “reduce plastic waste globally by more than 1,200 tonnes a year”. read more
Builders brings art alive with #BuildersArtFest

Builders brings art alive with #BuildersArtFest

10/09/2018 - 13:46
As Spring signals new beginnings and heightened levels of creativity and inspiration, Builders took advantage of the buoyancy of the new season by hosting its first #BuildersArtFest 09 September.  read more
Tips for starting a learnership programme at your company

Tips for starting a learnership programme at your company

10/09/2018 - 08:22
When you start your business in South Africa, B-BBEE training and certification are rarely at the top of your priority list. But as you find your feet, you are expected to take steps to create opportunities to improve human capital in South Africa for a successful economic future for all.  read more
Tips for building a winning sales culture in your office

Tips for building a winning sales culture in your office

05/09/2018 - 09:47
It’s safe to say that sales is not for everyone. Either you enjoy public speaking or have a knack for selling anything, but this job can be stressful and pressured. While this career choice might not be for you, the knowledge of sales strategy is something that anyone working in marketing should be familiar with.  read more
Transforming financial planning in retail

Transforming financial planning in retail

04/09/2018 - 15:11
When it comes to developing relevant operational plans, the finance teams of South African retailers must be able to adjust for the unique challenges of this environment whether it is the likes of mobile e-commerce or real-time data analysis. read more
TFG bucks trend of entry into Australia

TFG bucks trend of entry into Australia

31/08/2018 - 08:21
TFG — the owner of Foschini, Totalsports and Markhams — expects a strong performance from its Australian business in the first half of its current financial year, outgoing CEO Doug Murray said. read more
Woolworths' Australian albatross

Woolworths' Australian albatross

30/08/2018 - 11:19
With only the food division shining, the retailer needs to smarten up its business wardrobe. read more
Reducing returns: Tips to keep e-commerce merchandise from coming back

Reducing returns: Tips to keep e-commerce merchandise from coming back

29/08/2018 - 16:50
Product returns are one of the biggest challenges for online businesses. Customers can’t see, touch or feel the product before buying it, so the return rate for all e-commerce businesses ranges between 25 to 40 percent. How can you prevent that dent from becoming a deep pit that swallows up your time and money?  read more
Financial services unit and bigger retail business lift HomeChoice

Financial services unit and bigger retail business lift HomeChoice

27/08/2018 - 14:56
The specialist retailer and financial services company says innovation in its homeware textiles category and new retail brands helped it attract more customers. read more
Why online shopping is the preferred shopping medium

Why online shopping is the preferred shopping medium

23/08/2018 - 11:07
Online shopping is the new norm, not necessarily for the customer service perks or specials you receive from signing up for a newsletter, but because of the convenience. Time is essential for consumers who are already struggling to juggle work hours with family time, hobbies and chores around the house.  read more
Financial inclusion and support key to unlocking the power of entrepreneurship in Africa

Financial inclusion and support key to unlocking the power of entrepreneurship in Africa

23/08/2018 - 10:43
Driving financial inclusion amongst entrepreneurs and small business owners in Africa will ensure that they are equipped with the knowledge to transform their businesses into productive and sustainable contributors to the continent’s economy.  read more
SA retailers buck global trends: Vend reveals the best retail businesses to be in

SA retailers buck global trends: Vend reveals the best retail businesses to be in

23/08/2018 - 10:30
Over the past year, South Africa's independent retailers enjoyed sales volumes 25% higher than the global average, according to data from retail management software leader Vend.  read more
Local entrepreneur wins Pick n Pay’s 2018 Small Supplier of the Year award with business growth

Local entrepreneur wins Pick n Pay’s 2018 Small Supplier of the Year award with business growth

23/08/2018 - 09:34
Local entrepreneur Portia Mngomezulu, founder of Portia M Skin Solutions, was awarded Pick n Pay’s 2018 Small Supplier of the Year award for her business’ exceptional growth performance and job creation. The annual award recognises and rewards the company’s top performing small supplier in the country across various categories.  read more
Pepkor revenue and sales rise

Pepkor revenue and sales rise

22/08/2018 - 08:36
Pepkor Holdings, which is trading under a new guise after changing its name from Steinhoff Africa Retail earlier in August, said that the troubles its parent were experiencing had not prevented it from growing sales or investing in new stores. read more
Moving beyond a B-BBEE ratings mindset: Three ways supplier diversity can become part of a business’ DNA

Moving beyond a B-BBEE ratings mindset: Three ways supplier diversity can become part of a business’ DNA

16/08/2018 - 10:16
Over the past decade, the procurement function has become an important vehicle for business transformation in terms of ensuring supplier diversity and small business growth. However, this function is often underutilised by companies that regard supplier diversity as just a tickbox exercise for B-BBEE.  read more
What makes an app successful in today's connected world?

What makes an app successful in today's connected world?

16/08/2018 - 09:46
With technology in South Africa growing at such a rapid speed, it’s difficult to keep up with new apps being developed on a daily basis. Business owners are constantly having to educate themselves about the latest trends in order to align their business’ objectives with their customers’ changing needs.  read more
#WomensMonth: Brands should add to working moms' sense of well-being rather than contribute to their anxiety

#WomensMonth: Brands should add to working moms' sense of well-being rather than contribute to their anxiety

08/08/2018 - 10:16
With unemployment rising in South Africa and slow economic growth, our country’s households are under enormous pressure. The working moms who form the backbone of the nation are taking strain as they seek to manage the needs of their households and the demands of their jobs. read more
Johnnie Walker releases limited edition Blue Label ‘Ghost’ whisky

Johnnie Walker releases limited edition Blue Label ‘Ghost’ whisky

08/08/2018 - 08:53
Diageo’s Johnnie Walker brand has released a new limited edition ‘Ghost’ whisky, the second drink released as part of the Johnnie Walker Blue Label series of limited edition whiskies. read more
#WomensMonth: Karen Nadasen, PayU SA’s CEO brings global expertise to the payments industry

#WomensMonth: Karen Nadasen, PayU SA’s CEO brings global expertise to the payments industry

07/08/2018 - 15:12
Karen Nadasen, PayU South Africa’s CEO, is regularly described as one of South Africa’s most inspiring women in tech, nominated for IT Personality of the Year 2017, and listed among 100 Most Influential Young South Africans 2017 - since taking the helm 2 years ago.  read more
Builders expands its footprint with three new stores

Builders expands its footprint with three new stores

06/08/2018 - 15:00
In July, Builders, through its commitment to offer customers a world-class home improvement and trade experience has recently welcomed three new stores to its growing footprint. Two in South Africa and one in Zambia brings the total number of stores to 112. These communities have been uplifted through employment opportunities to the tune of 152 jobs created as part of the three additional stores.  read more
#WomensMonth: Margaret Hirsch shares lessons in life and business

#WomensMonth: Margaret Hirsch shares lessons in life and business

06/08/2018 - 10:42
From spending some of her childhood in foster care and working in a hairdressing salon at age 12, to being fired for being pregnant and starting the first business with just R900, Margaret Hirsch’s story is one that captures the imagination. An inspiration for women around the world, it’s her phenomenal resilience that’s been instrumental to the empire she’s built. read more
Manufacturing sector concerned about its future

Manufacturing sector concerned about its future

03/08/2018 - 14:20
For the first time in 11 months, the subindex tracking expected business conditions in six months’ time dropped to below 50. read more
Tips on recruiting a bookkeeper for your startup

Tips on recruiting a bookkeeper for your startup

03/08/2018 - 11:05
As your startup grows, there is going to be a time when you need to hire someone to take over (or assist you with) your finances. Now, if you’re a creative or a tech startup, recruiting for a bookkeeper is a very different type of process in comparison to what you’re used to. You’re hiring someone to do your bookkeeping and oversee any finance-related admin that you don’t have the time, program or skills to do.  read more
CEOs: Your marketing teams are missing a trick, and it’s hurting your bottom line

CEOs: Your marketing teams are missing a trick, and it’s hurting your bottom line

03/08/2018 - 10:25
Anyone who’s ever worked in advertising has heard this saying by 19th Century US businessman John Wanamaker: “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half.” In the nearly one hundred years since Wanamaker died, the advertising landscape has changed dramatically. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is that vast amounts of money spent on advertising and marketing are wasted.  read more
Food Lover’s Market to offer paper bags nationally as of August 2018

Food Lover’s Market to offer paper bags nationally as of August 2018

31/07/2018 - 10:03
Food Lover’s Market, South Africa’s leading fresh produce retailer, today firmly established its continued commitment to a plastic-free shopping experience with the confirmation that paper bags will be available in Food Lover’s Market stores nationally as of 01 August 2018 - this is after the successful implementation of paper straws nationally and a successful pilot of paper bags in the Western Cape during the month of July.  read more
 Ivanka Trump’s clothing line to shut down

Ivanka Trump’s clothing line to shut down

30/07/2018 - 10:28
Ivanka Trump will wind down her clothing and footwear businesses to focus more on her work in Washington, making the shift after some big-name department stores dropped her brand. read more
Amazon's youthful units drive profit to double analysts' estimates

Amazon's youthful units drive profit to double analysts' estimates

27/07/2018 - 12:43
Amazon.com forecast strong northern hemisphere autumn sales and posted a profit that was double Wall Street targets thanks to the retailer’s younger, higher-earning businesses, including cloud computing and advertising. read more
Disruption is the difference

Disruption is the difference

27/07/2018 - 09:49
The difference between brands that grow and those that don’t is how disruptive they are in the market. read more
Owner of Johnnie Walker to return £2bn to investors

Owner of Johnnie Walker to return £2bn to investors

26/07/2018 - 14:11
Diageo has joined other consumer-product companies in adopting shareholder-friendly measures as activist investors take a growing interest in the sector. read more
SA ‘completely out of step’ with global SME growth trends

SA ‘completely out of step’ with global SME growth trends

26/07/2018 - 11:11
SA is a "complete outlier" internationally when it comes to employment creation by small and medium-sized enterprises, raising questions about possible policy and regulatory failure. read more
Lindt & Sprüngli invests $201m to expand US chocolate plant

Lindt & Sprüngli invests $201m to expand US chocolate plant

26/07/2018 - 10:04
Chocolate producer Lindt & Sprüngli has announced that it will invest CHF 200 million ($201 million) to expand its chocolate production facility in Stratham, New Hampshire. read more
How chatbot technology can benefit your startup

How chatbot technology can benefit your startup

26/07/2018 - 09:01
Incorporating your own chatbot technology into your business has become essential for businesses dealing with customers every day. Beyond giving your business a competitive edge, this intelligent technology can provide your startup with plenty of benefits, if used correctly and for the right reasons.  read more
Supply chain risk management for resilience in grocery manufacturing

Supply chain risk management for resilience in grocery manufacturing

25/07/2018 - 16:11
Competitive. That is the one word that certainly describes the modern business environment best and a factor that drives many firms to expand their operations globally for cost-effectiveness. read more
Edcon sticks with old store format in modern retail world

Edcon sticks with old store format in modern retail world

25/07/2018 - 08:54
The struggling retailer is going back to basics as it prepares itself for the biggest battle in its history. read more
Why Premier Foods boss backs the sale of assets

Why Premier Foods boss backs the sale of assets

24/07/2018 - 10:14
Premier Foods said it was open to selling parts of the business and acknowledged it had to speed up its turnaround plans ahead of a showdown with investors who want to replace its CEO, Gavin Darby. read more
The first 5 hires you should consider for your tech startup

The first 5 hires you should consider for your tech startup

24/07/2018 - 09:13
Hiring is a critical process to help kickstart your tech startup success and take your business to new heights. As much as you would like to hire a team of talented individuals to fulfil all of your business ideas, you need to be selfish with your choices. The people you choose to hire for your startup will set the foundation of your business and slowly transform it into the vision you’ve always had for your organisation. read more
Angolan hyperinflation shock hits Shoprite

Angolan hyperinflation shock hits Shoprite

19/07/2018 - 08:36
Hyperinflation in Angola dragged down Shoprite’s full-year revenue, sending the share price down as much as 6.5% on Wednesday.  read more
Local businesses make access to funding easier

Local businesses make access to funding easier

18/07/2018 - 08:29
The South African funding space has had a shake-up with news of a joint venture that will make it easier for small businesses to obtain the right kind of funding so that business owners can now access capital quickly. read more
Golden rules for creating memorable customer experiences

Golden rules for creating memorable customer experiences

13/07/2018 - 09:00
Customer experience is the one thing that will create an emotional connection between brand and consumer. read more
Jacobs Douwe Egberts launches sustainability project in Vietnam

Jacobs Douwe Egberts launches sustainability project in Vietnam

13/07/2018 - 08:24
Jacobs Douwe Egbert’s (JDE) has partnered with the Louis Dryfus Company (LDC) and Syngenta to launch a new sustainability project which aims to reduce the impact of climate change on coffee production in Vietnam. read more
Nike names new chief sustainability officer

Nike names new chief sustainability officer

12/07/2018 - 08:59
Nike has named Noel Kinder has is new chief sustainability officer. read more
Edcon pursues higher-margin local products

Edcon pursues higher-margin local products

10/07/2018 - 07:43
Edcon says its shelves will increasingly be stocked with locally sourced house brands, as the struggling clothing retailer continues to unwind its foreign-brand strategy. read more
Pernod Ricard Global Travel Retail appoints Golin Hong Kong

Pernod Ricard Global Travel Retail appoints Golin Hong Kong

09/07/2018 - 14:35
Pernod Ricard Global Travel Retail has appointed Golin Hong Kong to lead the PR restage of one of its core brand’s ranges. read more
Barnes & Noble is looking for its fifth CEO since 2010, angering investors

Barnes & Noble is looking for its fifth CEO since 2010, angering investors

09/07/2018 - 09:02
Barnes & Noble is starting a search for its fifth CEO since 2010 following Demos Parneros’s sudden termination, irking investors looking for a steady comeback strategy in the age of Amazon. read more
What to look for when renting office space

What to look for when renting office space

05/07/2018 - 10:08
Whether you’re a new business owner or a freelancer, having an office is important for your own productivity as well as your business’ professional presentation.  read more
Amazon takes a page from Toys ‘R’ Us with a holiday catalogue

Amazon takes a page from Toys ‘R’ Us with a holiday catalogue

05/07/2018 - 09:41
Amazon.com is looking more and more like a traditional retailer.  read more
The age of the customer

The age of the customer

03/07/2018 - 11:00
Businesses focused exclusively on earning are not going to survive the new era. Keeping the customer at the centre point of all the activities is the present and future of all businesses, no matter how de-layered, outsourced, virtualised or re-imagined business becomes.  read more
Builders Express opens in Thavhani City in a retail-first for the region

Builders Express opens in Thavhani City in a retail-first for the region

03/07/2018 - 08:31
Thavhani City, the major economic centre in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, has welcomed the opening of the first Builders Express in the region in its precinct. read more
Loyalty is more than marketing, it’s a mindset

Loyalty is more than marketing, it’s a mindset

02/07/2018 - 10:51
Marketers think of loyalty as a technology platform or a marketing campaign; they think it’s a demand or a lever to produce higher revenue, but it’s so much more. In its most successful iteration, loyalty is a mindset permeating all aspects of business.  read more
Benefits of a co-working office space for your startup business

Benefits of a co-working office space for your startup business

29/06/2018 - 14:23
When starting a business, one of the most attractive elements is working according to your own schedule. Gone are the days where you need to rush into work, sit for hours in traffic and answer to a senior. No more having to attend meetings about projects you’re not passionate about, nothing of the sort.  read more
Leroy Merlin to give SA retailers a run for money

Leroy Merlin to give SA retailers a run for money

28/06/2018 - 11:03
French homeware improvement retailer Leroy Merlin will be seeking to lay a foundation in SA when it officially opens its first retail store in the second quarter of 2018. read more
How to start a food truck business that people will love

How to start a food truck business that people will love

19/06/2018 - 10:52
In recent years, food trucks have become the talk of the town.  read more
How companies can grow in a water-stressed world

How companies can grow in a water-stressed world

14/06/2018 - 08:19
There are very few consumers that understand the role water plays in our daily lives. Above the need to survive, water is used to fuel our energy usage and many other fields, ultimately playing a role in the bottom line of your business.  read more
Enabling Generation Z to drive entrepreneurship in South Africa

Enabling Generation Z to drive entrepreneurship in South Africa

13/06/2018 - 09:53
According to the latest research by Statistics South Africa, youth unemployment in the country stands at a disappointing 52,4% for the first quarter of 2018. This number could, however, be minimised if the public and private sector join forces to build a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem for the younger generation, which statistics show are more open-minded to entrepreneurship as a career choice than generations before them.  read more
Online shopping meshes with bricks and mortar

Online shopping meshes with bricks and mortar

12/06/2018 - 15:44
Forbes’ richest people in the world list says Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, earns $US107.4 million per day, so he must be doing something right.  read more
How to make learnerships a success for your business

How to make learnerships a success for your business

12/06/2018 - 15:11
Over recent years, more companies have been encouraged to invest in skills programmes for a fruitful, successful business future. While some companies are still struggling to up their B-BBEE score, others have incorporated all these factors into their annual Workplace Skills Plan (WSP), undertaking skills programmes either for their own benefit or simply to contribute to better education in South Africa.  read more
5 Reasons why in-store radio and audio solutions are a hit with consumers

5 Reasons why in-store radio and audio solutions are a hit with consumers

12/06/2018 - 14:27
Research shows consumers shop for longer, spend more money and have an enhanced shopping experience if they’re exposed to music.  read more
8 ways to make your startup more attractive to investors

8 ways to make your startup more attractive to investors

12/06/2018 - 11:55
In a digital market where new companies are dominating the startup space daily, it’s easy to lose sight of your goal when you’re struggling to gain recognition in the field.  read more
SME’S to hit hard times for remainder of 2018

SME’S to hit hard times for remainder of 2018

12/06/2018 - 10:46
It has been revealed that, in the first quarter of 2018, South Africa’s economy has shrunk by a shocking 2.2% - the largest quarterly drop since the financial crisis. Coupled with the fact that 70% to 80% of small businesses fail within their first five years, this means that SME's will need to work even harder now to ensure their survival for the long term. read more
Tiger Brands switches up its executive committee

Tiger Brands switches up its executive committee

12/06/2018 - 09:15
Tiger Brands has made changes in the group’s executive committee following SA’s deadly outbreak of listeriosis in the first half of the year. read more
Once upon a time: Storytelling in advertising 2018

Once upon a time: Storytelling in advertising 2018

12/06/2018 - 09:06
“Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make, but about the stories you tell.” Seth Godin  read more
FinTech could fuel Africa’s next big growth & jobs explosion

FinTech could fuel Africa’s next big growth & jobs explosion

07/06/2018 - 14:35
The African continent is poised to experience its next big growth phase. While previous growth phases on the continent – which helped birth the ‘Africa Rising’ narrative – were fuelled by the continent’s natural resources and young population, this one will be driven by financial technology or fintech. read more
How to inspire employees to deliver great customer experiences

How to inspire employees to deliver great customer experiences

07/06/2018 - 13:36
With retailers such as Toys 'R' Us, Sears, and Claire's closing shop, the industry has learned a big lesson this year. No, it's not that retail is dying. It's that consumer expectations have changed when it comes to the brick-and-mortar retail experience. read more
Steps for developing GDPR-compliant apps

Steps for developing GDPR-compliant apps

07/06/2018 - 13:00
Since the initial buzz around GDPR and now the global law that came into effect earlier this month, it’s more important than ever for startup and even well-established businesses which are busy creating or updating their mobile applications to understand the repercussions linked to customer or personal data. Should your app’s technical implications not follow the law, you could be in for a big surprise.  read more
Philip Morris SA urges exemption for new product

Philip Morris SA urges exemption for new product

31/05/2018 - 13:31
Philip Morris SA has urged the government to create exemption in its new tobacco bill that would enable it to provide consumers information about its heated tobacco product, IQOS. read more
EU plans ban on plastic straws and other single-use plastics

EU plans ban on plastic straws and other single-use plastics

30/05/2018 - 13:54
Single-use plastic products such as straws and drink stirrers may be banned across much of Europe under proposals put forward by the European Union (EU). read more
Different leadership styles and when you should use them

Different leadership styles and when you should use them

16/05/2018 - 16:09
As the owner, manager or CEO of a company, the way you lead your employees may need to change on a regular basis according to the situation. Some of the best leaders choose their leadership styles as particularly as a golfer would a club, with the aim of using the best tool to achieve their end goal.  read more
How to build a better sales compensation plan to drive profitable growth

How to build a better sales compensation plan to drive profitable growth

15/05/2018 - 15:46
How do you improve your sales compensation plan to ensure you drive profitable growth? Here are the challenges to overcome and the best practices to follow.  read more
How a learnership can benefit you as an employer

How a learnership can benefit you as an employer

14/05/2018 - 11:22
Learnerships are developed by your industry for your industry, as a way to train young minds and teach them the ins-and-outs of certain roles in a company. Not only do they benefit the people taking part in them but they benefit you as an employer, too.  read more
Adopting sustainability strategies can boost SA SME's

Adopting sustainability strategies can boost SA SME's

11/05/2018 - 14:42
Many startups and small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners in South Africa believe that sustainability strategies are only relevant to large corporates, but there are many advantages to making sustainability the foundation of any new business.  read more
Why forcing customers to use your app is brand vanity

Why forcing customers to use your app is brand vanity

11/05/2018 - 11:12
Many brands remain obsessed with creating mobile apps. This not only defies trends that point to increasing consumer app apathy, but can exclude a sizeable portion of your customers in emerging economies. Companies need to engage with their users where they are rather than forcing them onto an app, in what can only be described as brand vanity.  read more
How to find the right place for your new retail pop-up store

How to find the right place for your new retail pop-up store

08/05/2018 - 11:23
Pop-up stores are wonderful business opportunities when you have the right location. Much like any other retail stores, a pop-up version requires just as much planning, branding and research.  read more