Ecommerce, Future Trends

From product to customer: Omni-Channel Retail next step in ecommerce

Mobile shopping In the early 2000s, online retail threatened the "bricks and mortar" stores with extinction. The talk was of being “Amazoned,” meaning Amazon.com would add your product line to its ever-expanding inventory and render you redundant. A lot changes in 15 years -- and equally, a lot does not change. Bricks and mortar retail extinction has been overstated and the concept of substitution of certain physical channels has given way to providing a complimentary experience that blends the digital and real world ...

News

Via Afrika’s digital libraries want to solve SA’s textbook problems

Via Afrika Digital Education Centre We wrote earlier this week about Via Afrika and its mission to use technology to change the face of education in Africa. The publisher this week, in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Breadline Africa, launched its national Digital Learning Centre initiative at Ithemeleng Primary School in Reddersburg in the Free State, South Africa. Breadline Africa is a Cape Town based NGO that specialises in converting old shipping containers and recycling them for essential community purposes and the ...

Startups

10 must-have startup tools for CRM, communication, documentation

Old Antique Tools in Vintage Carpentry Workshop Stephen Jagger is the co-founder of PayrollHero, a time, attendance, scheduling, HRIS, analytics and payroll platform built for the web and mobile. At PayrollHero we are big believers in knowledge sharing. From pair programming to private online forums for open discussions about our business to sharing online, we believe that transparency and leaving artifacts behind is the best way to succeed. So in keeping with that, I'd like to share ten cool tools we are using today. Communication HipChat We use HipChat as ...

Africa

Bonjour Africa: how language can make for a more popular ERP solution

Africa Expanding into Africa? Many growing companies are and when they do so, the first real tests of their enterprise resource planning solutions start to take place. Among those tests is the ability for the system to work in multiple currencies, across different time zones and in areas where connectivity just isn’t all that great. And there is one more major test, too – language. That’s because an ERP system which is able to ‘speak’ to the user in their preferred ...

Advertising & Marketing, Startup news

SA consultancy Anthropology launches, aims to create ‘meaningful marketing’

anthropology SA's consumer marketing space just got a little more competitive. A new consultancy with a focus on direct marketing is on the block -- Anthropology -- founded by Melody Maker and Katherine McChesney, who together bring to the table over 20 years of experience in the digital industry. Based in Cape Town, Anthropology hopes to differentiate itself from the pack by creating consumer marketing initiatives that uses big data in real-time, thanks to a proprietary software that can be applied to ...

Africa, News

MEF predicts major mobile growth in Africa, notes the rise of m-education

NASA This week MEF, the global global community for mobile content and commerce, released the findings from the second phase of its African Growth Market Study. The survey, which covered Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, provides insights into industry trends amongst mobile business leaders in their respective regions. Additionally, the study aimed to identify key market drivers and encourage growth in mobile content and commerce in Africa. MEF reports that revenue growth and content in the mobile sector was high in all three ...

Africa

Built in Africa: Via Afrika wants to use technology to educate the continent

Via Afrika Test Yourself Built in Africa focuses on entrepreneurs, startups and technologies that are affecting the continent and empowering African people. About 12 years ago, I made my final trek through the dreaded world of high school, I crammed everything I possibly could, retaining what my brain would allow in order to cement my future and ticking off that box in my education journey. High school only seems easy when you have left. The education system in Africa isn't where it ought to be. If ...

Africa, Startup news

Nomanini takes its mobile prepaid POS device to Mozambique

nomanini mozambique POS Nomanini, the electronic voucher distribution platform, has announced the expansion of its Southern Africa operations thanks to a new partnership with a distributor of mobile prepaid in Mozambique. The move continues the company's mission to faciliate cash-based transactions in informal markets and "fostering inclusion for the unbanked and underbanked majority," which the company has achieved thanks to its small orange POS device (green in Mozambique) that can facilitate a range of prepaid transactions from distributing airtime to taking mobile money. "Nomanini is ...

Startup news

Chap Chap looks to take on African taxi market by going entirely local

Chap Chap Chap Chap, a Kenyan taxi service, will be launching its own app for Android devices later this year, its founders have announced. The company hopes to solve two pressing customer concerns it has identified in the region’s growing transport sector. With the app installed, customers can look forward to summoning a taxi at will while providing the option of a cashless payment system. “Transport in Africa generally is unstructured and inefficient. We hope to bring in some order, efficiency and ‘tree-huggingly’ good ...

Entrepreneurship

Governance and startups: why legal risk management is a growth opportunity

The Law Mention legal risk to an SME business owner and you can literally see them cringe. While the perceived challenge of legal and compliance issues can seem overwhelming for a business owner, it is the unseen legal risks that can rapidly destroy a business. Often those risks come from where you least expect them – your own shareholders and team. With risk management being a critical part of effective governance, legal risk should be a key focus area for any SME. According ...

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