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Manifesto issued on digital economy and inclusive development in Africa

Africa’s next steps on the path to engaging in and benefiting from e-commerce were outlined by UNCTAD in its Nairobi Manifesto on the Digital Economy and Inclusive Development in Africa, issued at the conclusion of the first Africa eCommerce Week in Nairobi, Kenya. The manifesto states: “The digital economy, including e-commerce, is proliferating in Africa, creating new opportunities […]


Three trends that will disrupt MEA’s supply chain industry in 2019

Gautam Kumar, Co-Founder and COO, FarEye, looks at four major supply chain and logistics trends that are going to impact businesses in the MEA region. Thanks to customer expectations, the supply chain and logistics industry have evolved significantly over the past few years. Brick and mortar processes of delivering goods and services are just not […]


Coricraft transforms customer delight and delivery with solution

Coricraft, South Africa’s premium quality home furniture and furnishing design and manufacturing company, contracted Trackmatic to help tackle the challenges it was facing around fleet visibility and customer satisfaction. The company wanted to reignite the magic of the last mile, transforming how customers perceived their performance and delivery efficiency. Today, Coricraft has reduced its delivery […]


Trackmatic expert looks at the use of GIS in supply chain and logistics

James Kopke, Implementation Manager, Trackmatic says that, while other industries have been enhancing and streamlining their operations on functional and profitable levels with the use of technology, the supply chain has drifted behind. The world of supply chain logistics has been living in the past. Even today, the biggest technology investment from some South African […]


Cquential positions Plumblink for growth thanks to WMS solution

Plumblink turned to Cquential Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) for a modern, integrated warehouse management system that would provide a robust platform for its growth strategy, build its brand by providing improved customer service, and boost governance. Plumblink profile Plumblink is a specialist plumbing, bathroom and kitchenware merchant currently operating from over 95 branches strategically located […]


Moresport benefits from warehouse management system thanks to Cquential

Cquential Warehouse Solutions (Pty) Ltd – part of the Argility Technology Group – has revealed details of the successful roll out of the Moresport warehouse management system. Moresport is a subsidiary of JSE listed Long4Life Limited, and constitutes its Sport and Recreation operating division. Following an intensive evaluation, Moresport – with its well-known Sportsmans Warehouse […]


Ambitious new Innovation Partnerships with African countries

A series of ambitious Innovation Partnerships between the UK and Africa are expected to stimulate significant economic growth and support the creation of thousands of new jobs. The partnerships, announced by the Prime Minister as the UK strengthens ties with the region, will be established in African countries with growing tech sectors where there are […]


CRS Technologies strengthens credibility with SABPP membership

Leading HR and Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions provider CRS Technologies has announced its corporate partnership with the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP), South Africa’s foremost industry representative professional body established to champion the interests of HR professionals. The role of SABPP is to professionalise the HR function to ensure that HR becomes an […]


FABS expert on the IoT pieces solving the healthcare puzzle

Karien Bornheim, Founder and CEO of Footprint Africa Business Solutions (FABS), says solving business problems across the continent don’t need massive investment, they need lateral thinking to look at the challenges in a different way. There is a way to catch the challenges on the African continent in a web of innovation and ingenuity. It […]


University of Pretoria launches new tech business incubator

The University of Pretoria has announced the launch of TuksNovation, a new high-tech business incubator which will initially support postgraduate students within the Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT) Faculty. “We have ramped up our efforts to implement innovative strategies to leverage and commercialise home-grown technologies to create sustainable new enterprises and subsequently job […]


‘Consumerisation of the supply chain increases enterprise pressure’

The consumerisation of digital technology has seen a surge in demand for mobile-first logistics solutions placing significant pressure on companies to adopt a digital approach to supply chains. Cassie Lessing, Managing Director, Strato IT Group, a mobile business solutions provider, says that logistics has rapidly become the backbone of industry and that the enterprise sector, […]


Paving the way to a brighter future for small businesses in SA

This week’s 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg highlights the growing opportunities for South Africa’s Small and Medium Businesses to export their goods and services to emerging market peers such as Brazil, Russia, India and China. Pieter Bensch, Executive Vice President, Africa & Middle East at Sage, says that, paired with South Africa’s support for the African Continental […]


Technology offers retailers respite in shrinking economy

As business confidence in South Africa plummeted six points in June on the back of disappointing gross domestic product figures for the first quarter, Gerhard Nortje, Business Development Manager at redPanda Software, says that ‘business process monitoring offers firms an affordable and effective way to be proactive and manage their businesses, cutting the leakage off […]


TMA-SA expert on rescuing the business profession

Alastair Macduff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Turnaround Management Association – Southern Africa (TMA-SA), says managing a business in today’s uncertain socio-economic conditions is not without its challenges. The emergence of more agile competitors, increasingly fickle customers and global pressures mean decision-makers must keep innovating while still delivering stakeholder value. Some have turned […]


HomeFixer announces innovative collaboration with Hirsch’s

South Africa’s recently launched home improvement app, HomeFixer, has announced a partnership with Hirsch’s, one of the country’s most well-known independent home appliances and furniture store. “We are proud to be partnering with Hirsch’s not only because of our shared values of customer care and satisfaction, but also to explore new and innovative ways of […]


Payment24 growing across pan-Africa and into the USA

South African fuel management and payment system innovator Payment24, now a multi-million rand company signing up blue chip international clients, is aggressively growing across pan-Africa and into the U.S. But achieving international success, the goal of many born-in-SA companies, is not a simple matter, according to Payment24’s joint CEOs, Shadab Rahil and Nolan Daniel. “Our […]


Supply chain is about service first, says Strato IT Group expert

It has been four decades since South Africa hosted its first supply chain conference, SAPICS. Since then, there has been significant innovation, leading to evolutionary trends and a change in approach. Cassie Lessing, MD, Strato IT Group, a mobile business solutions provider, says that the majority of today’s industries are driven not just by technology […]


Oracle expert on shaping the economy with service

Adnan Theba, CX Sales Consulting Lead, Oracle South Africa, says that, as a small ripple can create a wave, so can a company culture focused on service delivery transform an economy. The past few years have been categorised by significant changes in the technology landscape across the globe. From emerging technologies to the refinement of entrenched […]


Trackmatic simplifies inbound yard execution management

Trackmatic, innovative provider of disruptive tech solutions to the supply chain and logistics industry, is presenting its market-leading inbound yard execution management solution at the 40th Annual SAPICS conference, to be held in Cape Town from June 10 to 13. The solution, Link, is designed to enable simple and efficient inbound logistics. It is both […]


Itec Southern Africa expert on the introduction of GDPR

After a prolonged period of two years, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a wide-reaching new piece of European legislation, is coming into full force. Though this law may seem a world away from South Africa, Daniel Lötter, Head: Bids and Tenders at managed service provider Itec Southern Africa, says organisations should pay close attention […]