Freight micro-entrepreneur in Lagos, Nigeria.
Countries in Africa have some of the highest rates of entrepreneurship in the world, yet their contribution to the economy is limited. Technology such as the blockchain, drones and AI could provide a way forward.
Ikea’s Hyderabad store has not been as busy as the Swedish giants had hoped.
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India's furniture industry is worth US$32billion and is projected to double by 2023.
What goes up …
Even Amazon can't defy gravity forever.
There's a time cost and a risk of overspending for customers. For retailers, returns can be a massive headache.
Unloading packages and arranging them for delivery in New York City.
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Rising e-commerce means more delivery trucks and urban gridlock. Lockers at transit centers, where carriers can leave packages for people who live or work nearby, are a potential solution.
U.S. President Donald Trump announces a revamped North American free trade deal in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Oct. 1, 2018.
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The USMCA, if ratified, will fundamentally alter North America’s political and economic structures, increasing American dominance over its neighbours.
Despite closures, there’s still room for real life shopping.
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Bricks and mortar stores can play a crucial component in the future of retail.
Small businesses around Africa should be benefiting from e-commerce.
E-commerce companies should deliberately build systems that are structured to provide supportive business environments for small and medium enterprises.
Retailers have refocussed their attention on location – but not their location, your location.
We're not going to stop wandering through shopping centres anytime soon, but mobile, micro-location and voice technologies are set to transform the retail experience.
South African commercial law courses do not address the question of what norms and procedures govern business relations in indigenous African communities.
E-commerce videos are a precision advertising tool which could put the nail in the coffin of traditional television adverts.
In-person shopping remains popular.
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Holiday retail sales may boom this year – and the lion's share will not be online purchases. Yet brick-and-mortar retail stores are facing heavy internet competition.
Marketers are using your data to make predictions about what you’ll want, when.
This is how marketers are taking advantage of customer data to build predictive algorithms, and even tailor their products and offerings.
Businesses hoping to become successful e-tailers have to know their customers’ preferences when it comes to online shopping.
Retailers should design online strategies to fit their desired customers’ characteristics.
Online retailing is a relatively new phenomenon and a small element of retailing in Africa.
The rapid penetration of internet technologies in Africa provides hope for e-commerce's continued growth. Potential online stores need to understand what draws or pushes customers away.
Metropoles like Shanghai have survived and thrived in large part because of their massive populations. But what happens when people start to become a liability rather than an asset?
Research shows that technology disrupts economies of scale, turning megacities' huge populations from strength to liability. To survive, megacities, like companies, must adapt.
This is how Greater Manchester is set to become one of the world's leading 'digital cities'.
What will happen when Amazon comes down under?
After a lot of hype, it looks like Amazon will finally come to Australian shores. But it won't be the end of Aussie retail.
Shopping by smartphone is taking off.
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Americans' reliance on their smartphones and tablets will drive online shopping revenue to new heights – and could introduce new buying experiences as well.
We want products that last, it's up to manufacturers to provide us with the information we need to buy them.