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How Digital Partnerships Can Enable Business Development

Takasaki Gone are the days when small businesses need to sell their products to just the people who live or work in the immediate vicinity.  Digital platforms and partnerships are now empowering micro-companies to extend their offerings, opening new doors for business growth and development.  As more sectors are evolving and transforming, organisations are discovering how partnering with digital platforms and service providers can help them reach wider markets, provide better services, streamline operations, and access insights that were previously reserved for large enterprises.  Read also: Private Equity Firm B Investment Sells Its 20% Stake Of Total Egypt To Total Outre-Mer While the global business landscape has been unpredictable, 2021...

Local Tech Startup Launches Platform To Assist Businesses

Launching in the height of the national lockdown in March 2020, Eloh App functions to provide a one-stop platform for locals to access a range of services.  Founded by entrepreneur and qualified electrical engineer, Sanele Mhlongo, Eloh App aims to provide a premium and safe service to local customers. In an interview with Ventureburn, Mhlongo explains that technology is key to promoting and increasing business sales, with Eloh App local businesses can tap into a wider customer base.  Read also: How To Choose The Best mPOS For Your Business “Small and medium-sized enterprises are not sufficiently equipped for the fourth industrial revolution or lack thereof, we aim to bridge the gap...

Egyptian Entrepreneur Builds E-commerce Platform To Connects Small Retailers To Suppliers

In 2018, when Belal El-Megharbel walked away from a flourishing career at Careem, a Middle East ride-hailing pioneer, his family was stunned. It wasn’t the first time he had turned his back on a promising opportunity; he had left the family business years earlier while on a quest to “take a different route”. His relatives still hoped he would fall back into the family business and work alongside his 24 cousins, but El-Megharbel had other plans. He wanted to build a digital platform to manage procurement and delivery of grocery products to mom-and-pop shops in Egypt. As part of the early team at Careem, he saw “how one...

Innovation Strategy – Tactics Top Brands Use To Boost Their Organizational Growth

What can you learn about growth and innovation from top brands?  A dying economy and global competition have made growth an impossible mission for many organizations. Yet, some companies (Starbucks, Amazon, Apple) seem to defy the laws of doing business during a pandemic.  In the year of the lockdown, e-commerce has changed more than ever. Retail stores have to establish their reputation in the online market and provide their public with unique benefits. With brands like Alibaba and Amazon monopolizing the market, small stores need to come up with innovative strategies to draw the public’s attention.  But is it worth investing in creating an innovation strategy when 2020...

China To Overtake US As World’s Biggest Economy By 2028: Report

 China will overtake the United States to become the world’s biggest economy in 2028, five years earlier than previously estimated due to the contrasting recoveries of the two countries from the COVID-19 pandemic, a think tank said. “For some time, an overarching theme of global economics has been the economic and soft power struggle between the United States and China,” the Centre for Economics and Business Research said in an annual report published on Saturday. “The COVID-19 pandemic and corresponding economic fallout have certainly tipped this rivalry in China’s favour.”The CEBR said China’s “skilful management of the pandemic”, with its strict early lockdown, and hits to long-term growth in the...

Nigeria’s Print-On-Demand Startup Expands To United States And Canada After South Africa

Nigeria’s fast growing print-on-demand startup, Kiakiaprint has taken the bull by the horn in the quest for expansion beyond the African continent with their eyes on the American continent by going live in the North American countries of Canada and the United States. The expansion news in July 2020 coincided with the startup’s partnership with online design and publishing company, Canva. Kiakiaprint’s deal with Canva gives its Nigerian and South African customers options to either upload a design, hire a designer on the platform, or use Canva’s designs before printing. Customers in South Africa and Nigeria have access to 9 and 19 product catalogues on the site, respectively....

Netflix Names Strive Masiyiwa To Its Board

ZIMBABWE – American over-the-top content platform and production company Netflix, has appointed Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa to its board, adding its first African director as it looks to new markets for future growth. Masiyiwa is the founder and executive chairman of Econet Global, a telecommunications company that operates across Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America which offers phone, broadband, and satellite service, and is also a major provider of mobile payments. Masiyiwa brings a fresh set of connections and experience as the first African — and the third international media executive — to join Netflix’s board in recent years. Read also: Tony Elumelu Foundation, EU To invest €20 Million...

Amazon Comes To North Africa, Launches Payment Services

Global ecommerce company Amazon has arrived North Africa fully and in a ground-breaking way. The trillion dollar company has announced the launch of Amazon Payment Services (APS) in the MENA zone (Middle East and North Africa). Apart from payments, this is a major boost to its ecommerce platform in the region. “Today’s launch marks another key milestone in Amazon’s promise to build the future of digital payments in the region, empowering businesses to provide user-friendly payment experience for their end-users… Amazon Payment Services is a natural next step in our journey, focusing on four fundamental pillars of trust, convenience, selection and pricing, underpinned by a best-in-class experience...

Facebook Launches Africa’s First Online Community City Guide

South Africans especially dwellers and visitors to Johannesburg will be availed of the JoziPlug – Facebook’s first Community City Guide on the African continent. The initiative which was compiled and co-created by local Facebook Groups features unique and inspiring content about the city and is expected to add to the country’s tourism industry. Moreso, JoziPlug is aimed at showcasing Johannesburg’s “hidden attractions to visitors and members of the local community whilst supporting small businesses with their economic recovery” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Facebook says that since early this year, it has added more than 1.5 million people to a group related to the city of Johannesburg. The guide compiles “the...

MFS Africa Partners With Xoom To Offer Mobile Money Transfers In Africa

AFRICA – MFS Africa, a pan-African fintech platform, has partnered with Xoom, a PayPal service, to offer secure and convenient mobile money transfers to seven countries across Africa. MFS Africa will connect Xoom to its digital payments hub, the largest in Africa, allowing the company’s customers in the UK, Europe and North America to send money to people in Cameroon, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe – with plans to include more countries on the continent in 2021. Xoom already provides money transfers to bank accounts and cash pick-up locations in 160 markets around the world. The partnership will allow Xoom to continue to expand its presence in...

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