Retail Stores of the Future: What’s Driving The Change

Retail Stores of the Future: What’s Driving The Change

Retail as we know it is under pressure. Disruption is happening at every turn. Whether it is the rise of online shopping, the downturn in consumer spending or the squeeze on margins, things are not fantastic in the world of retail. This is not just conjecture, when you start listening to the news and reading …

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Omnichannel Experience Is Not One Sided

Omnichannel Experience Is Not One Sided

Businesses are increasingly focused on the omnichannel experience. A business model that unifies customer touch points across multiple channels, providing a seamless experience regardless of how a customer interacts with the retailer. There are three primary ways that we must reflect on how to define omnichannel. The first is what every organisation intuitively defaults to: Omnichannel …

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Progress Of Converged Platforms: Is It Inclusive?

Progress Of Converged Platforms: Is It Inclusive?

Progress is what we all strive for. To be better. But progress can be inclusive (meaning it helps move everyone forward) or it can just be isolated individual progress (one small isolated step that does not advance the collective). Does advanced network and platform integration automatically make it inclusive progress? With urbanisation rates skyrocketing across …

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Fashion | Saving | Technology and Changing A Culture

Fashion | Saving | Technology and Changing A Culture

There is a lot of media attention around the new Mna Nam saving fashion accessory ; but what is the point of it really?! To understand that; let’s have a look at the premise of why it exists. At its base level it is about changing the culture of South Africans to make them save. …

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Blank Stares Don’t Help You Win At Customer Service

Blank Stares Don’t Help You Win At Customer Service

I have noticed an astonishingly absurd frequency in the amount of people relating stories with a frighteningly similar theme. around poor customer service. I mean, we are talking epidemic proportions here! How many times have you walked  over to a shop assistant to ask a question about a product or service; only to be met …

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What is a digitally-led brand really?!

What is a digitally-led brand really?!

This notion of a digitally-led brand still gives me pause for thought. Mostly because of the million different definitions and versions about what it means to be digitally-led. This disruption of branding, if you will, is not something unexpected. This is not a new problem. Branding has been disrupted with every great change in communication. As radio adverts …

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Post-Digital; But Not Quite Yet…

Post-Digital; But Not Quite Yet…

I believe as consumers we are moving rapidly towards the concept of being post-digital. The state where we expect everything to happen seamlessly online. The point where the thought of being inconvenienced by having to move to an offline process gives us nightmares.  I do not believe that every organisation trying to push a post-digital agenda is …

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Entrepreneurs and the Habitual Funding Cycle

Entrepreneurs and the Habitual Funding Cycle

I’ve been working with entrepreneurs through Endeavor for a little over five years now; and I have noticed a definite trend with a number of entrepreneurs. There seems to be a default level of comfort that a number of new entrepreneurs and definitely serial entrepreneurs seem to fall back on. Funding is an important part of …

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Physical Space as a Factor of Culture

Physical Space as a Factor of Culture

The last few articles I have written have all focused exclusively on the factors which influence culture. This is critically important for any business to understand; whether you are an entrepreneur starting to expand; or a multidimensional business battling to get everyone pulling in the same direction. Culture is what keeps your business on track. …

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