Hapag-Lloyd recently opened a new office in Tema, Ghana as it continues its expansion across the continent. We interviewed Samad Osman, the Africa managing director for Hapag-Lloyd, and found out more about the current state of business for a logistics company in Africa...
Ilse van den Berg 14 May 2018
People across Africa face considerable challenges - many of them existential. But, without the right devices, connectivity, and skills, those who badly need their problems solved often can't access available solutions...
Greg Morris 8 May 2018
Kenyan agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has partnered IBM Research to extend access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system...
Tom Jackson 19 Apr 2018
Kenyan startup MoBar Delivery is connecting consumers with suppliers via couriers using a mobile app, streamlining and simplifying distribution of goods, starting with alcohol...
Tom Jackson 12 Apr 2018
Airports Company South Africa's George Airport and King Shaka International, as well as another African airport, Nairobi Airport, were honoured at the ACI Airport Service Quality Awards...
Ilse van den Berg 8 Mar 2018
Logistics marketplace Bwala Africa has launched in Kenya, allowing users to hire cars, trucks and delivery vans and source for repairs, service and maintenance from trusted dealers and mechanics...
Tom Jackson 19 Jan 2018
Nigerian startup Yesharvest has launched a zero-inventory e-commerce platform for fresh farm produce that allows users to purchase from farmers...
Tom Jackson 19 Dec 2017
Kenyan startup Lori Systems has been crowned the winner of the inaugural TechCrunch Battlefield Africa in Nairobi, winning $25,000 in equity-free funding...
Tom Jackson 17 Oct 2017
Nairobi is the only city in Africa whose airports are recording higher growth for domestic capacity than that of international capacity, with a 22% boost...
Josephine Wawira 18 Aug 2017
While the road ahead may still present significant challenges, some of Africa's most long-standing internal trade barriers are beginning to show signs of falling. We interview David Williams, Maersk Line Africa chief executive and global head of Safmarine to find out more...
Ilse van den Berg 30 May 2017
The World Economic Forum on Africa 2015 conference, held to mark 25 years of economic change in Africa, concluded last week...
Cari Coetzee 8 Jun 2015
A brand manager's dream: Produce a TV advert showcasing the benefits of a product whilst bringing a tear to the consumer's eye and galvanising them to rush out to purchase it.
Dina Saffer-Myers 18 Mar 2014
Many a retailer will sing to the tune of "The customer is always right", but not a lot actually live the phrase, much less invest any time or innovation in it. Luckily for you and I, this age of short-term vision is drawing to a close.
Sindy Peters 5 Dec 2013
South Africa appears to be losing its status as the preferred investment destination on the continent for international technology companies. That honour, increasingly, is going to Kenya, which may be on the cusp of a technology-fuelled era of economic growth.
Duncan McLeod 10 Jun 2013
As 2013 commences, afro-pessimism seems to cede to afro-optimism. There is a global consensus: Africa is poised for a great future. What will be the impact of Africa's growth on our industry? What will be the major trends of the year? In the business world, predicting the future is a crucial exercise.
Nandkishor Buty 30 Jan 2013
There are several key trends that will present themselves in 2013. From m-payments to HIV/AIDS prevention, emerging markets are leading the way when it comes to innovative uses of mobile technology. Marketers, too, are seeing their roles and responsibilities expand.
Dr KF Lai 25 Jan 2013
SoLoMo: the glorious intersection of social, location and mobile that was going to superpower hyperlocal search and prove to be the holy grail, allowing retailers and other businesses to attract an army of smartphone-wielding customers. Pretty exciting stuff, especially during an economic downturn, right? In my opinion, quite the contrary.
Vanessa Clark 23 Jan 2013
Organisers of the recent Nairobi International Trade Fair have recorded a 60% increase in revenue following the adoption of a crowd management and ticketing technology. The Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK), organisers of the trade fair were able to stop ticket losses after they adopted a system that uses 2D bar coding system.
Carole Kimutai 9 Oct 2012
For the fifth year running, the National Economic Survey has identified the retail and wholesale trade sectors as key growth drivers of Kenya's economy. In 2011, the wholesale and retail trade sector showed a growth of 7.3%, beating the manufacturing, building and construction, agriculture, transport and communication sectors.
Carole Kimutai 6 Jun 2012
Kenyan retail outlet Nakumatt Holdings is opening a multimedia store that will be branded as Planet Media and is reportedly valued at KSh 25 million (USD 312 000). The store will feature Kenya's largest selection of books, toys and entertainment mediums including music and movie CD's and DVD's alongside a fully fledged interactive gaming section.
Carole Kimutai 2 May 2012
Population growth, rapid urbanisation, adoption of new technologies, unlocking of abundant resources and the deepening of the financial sector are the five major trends that are set to drive Africa's economic growth, Simon Freemantle, Standard Bank Africa senior analyst, told a media roundtable in Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday, Thursday 6 October 2011.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 7 Oct 2011
MobiKash Afrika Limited, a private company incorporated in Kenya, has unveiled an innovative independent mobile commerce ecosystem. The platform will work across all Kenya's four GSM networks (Safaricom, Airtel, Orange, and Yu) and across participating banks.
Carole Kimutai 1 Aug 2011
Tea, Kenya's leading export, is set for a massive branding initiative that will be used to identify and promote the tea in local and international markets. Towards this end, the Tea Board of Kenya has appointed the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KeBS) to implement a globally recognised mark of origin for Kenyan tea.
Carole Kimutai 10 Jun 2011