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A new dawn for Africa as 44 countries sign CFTA deal

The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (CFTA ) could enter into effect by the end of this year following signing by 44 countries yesterday at the 10th extraordinary African Union Summit. Besides the agreement, which could make Africa the worldâ...

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L’OrĂ©al expands into tech with the acquisition of beauty AR and AI company

L’OrĂ©al has acquired Canadian tech company ModiFace, a specialist in augmented reality and artificial intelligence applied to the beauty industry. Founded by Parham Aarabi eleven years ago in Toronto, ModiFace has developed advanced technologies of...

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Massmart not a priority as Walmart focuses on global issues

When Walmart first caught Massmart in its net it was with the intention of chasing new business throughout Africa, but six years on the US retail giant has bigger fish to fry. One of these is defending market share in the US against the advance of e-comme...

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Google and Walmart team up to take on Amazon

Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer, and Google, the internet’s predominant search engine, are teaming up in an attempt to challenge Amazon’s growing dominance in online shopping.

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Greater insight into consumer behaviour

How consumers purchase is becoming increasingly important information for marketers. In response to a clearly defined need by brands for data to address demographic and geographical challenges, BMi Research has been appointed by Spark Media to assist with...

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Shoprite sees Eastern Europe as potential market

On the drive to Shoprite’s new distribution centre at Cilmor in Brackenfell, Cape Town, two Shoprite trucks are seen heading for Langa and Nyanga townships, two of the many emerging-market communities that form part of the group’s largest mark...

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She Leads Africa launches accelerator for beauty startups

She Leads Africa has opened applications for its Dark and Lovely x SLA Beauty Accelerator, a 10-week entrepreneurship development programme aimed at supporting early-stage entrepreneurs building businesses in the beauty industry.

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Egg scare costs Dutch poultry farmers EUR33m

Europe’s contaminated egg scare has cost Dutch poultry farmers at least €33m ($39 million), according to a preliminary estimate by the government. The scare, triggered by the presence of the insecticide fipronil in eggs, has spread to 18 European ...

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DTI calls on food producers to participate in Gulfood Exhibition

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is urging companies in the agro-processing sector to apply for financial support to participate in the Gulfood Exhibition, taking place in Dubai in February 2018.

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Amazon plays catch up with Chinese e-commerce giants even after push to acquire Whole Foods

As Amazon.com Inc looks to swallow US grocery chain Whole Foods, China’s tech giants are already digesting hefty bricks-and-mortar deals, taking the lead in the battle to transform supermarket shopping with big data and better supply chains.

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