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  • Alphabet mounts challenge to Uber, Lyft

    Alphabet mounts challenge to Uber, Lyft

    Managed, Friday, 24 February 2017

    In 2013, Silicon Valley titan Alphabet acquired the Waze app – an Uberesque piece of software that lets regular drivers buddy up with commuters who need a ride. The service was trialed in San Francisco last year, but now Alphabet are pushing it to the next ...
  • Pandora: India is next jewelry market to conquer

    Pandora: India is next jewelry market to conquer

    Luxury, Friday, 24 February 2017

    At the beginning of the month, Danish jeweler Pandora announced that it’s taking its wares into one of the world’s three-largest jewelry markets: India. The country has a jewelry market worth in excess of $40 billion, and Pandora expects it to grow 7% ...
  • PayPal: mobile is key to South African Ecommerce market growth

    PayPal: mobile is key to South African Ecommerce market growth

    Ecommerce, Friday, 24 February 2017

    South Africa has 52% internet penetration (that is, 52% of its population is online). That’s slightly above the world average, and much higher than the African average, but it trails countries in the developed world by 20% to 30%. It’s possible that this ...
  • Brown Forman marries consumer trends: nutrition, meet alcohol!

    Brown Forman marries consumer trends: nutrition, meet alcohol!

    Luxury, Friday, 24 February 2017

    Modern consumers are more health conscious than their ancestors were – possibly as a reaction to expanding waistlines in the developed world, or the proliferation of sedentary jobs and lifestyles. But, they still like a drink. Navigating this apparent ...
  • Will UK agriculture collapse under the weight of Brexit?

    Will UK agriculture collapse under the weight of Brexit?

    Managed, Thursday, 23 February 2017

    The head of Britain’s farming union has a strong message for Prime Minister Theresa May and her government: unless you can guarantee access to European workers, the UK’s agricultural sector will stop dead in its tracks. The call has come to secure a deal ...
  • Baidu gets serious about smart homes with Raven Tech

    Baidu gets serious about smart homes with Raven Tech

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 23 February 2017

    Chinese internet giant Baidu, often regarded in the west as the ‘Chinese Google’ given its search dominance in the country, has just become similar to Google in another way: it’s getting serious about smart homes. Baidu has purchased smart home ...
  • Remy Cointreau most appealing to young drinkers

    Remy Cointreau most appealing to young drinkers

    Luxury, Thursday, 23 February 2017

    Millennial consumers like a drink or two – and their favourite brands are, apparently, all owned by two companies: Remy Cointreau and Pernod Ricard. Millennials are a crucial cohort for businesses to capture – they now outnumber every other generation ...
  • Wolters Kluwer release 2016 full-year report – stock rising

    Wolters Kluwer release 2016 full-year report – stock rising

    Managed, Thursday, 23 February 2017

    Wolters Kluwer (WK) is a global market leader in “professional information services” (meaning they supply data-driven professions like accountants and lawyers with informational tools and services) – and the latest information they’ve ...
  • Europe’s economic recovery continues thanks to France

    Europe’s economic recovery continues thanks to France

    All News, Wednesday, 22 February 2017

    The euro area looked rosier yesterday, as surprisingly positive data was released that showed France is economy is outperforming its peers – including Europe’s largest economy, Germany! This is the first time since 2012 that France has seen more economic ...
  • L’Oreal reaps the benefit of higher digital spend

    L’Oreal reaps the benefit of higher digital spend

    Luxury, Wednesday, 22 February 2017

    We’ve written about L’Oreal’s particularly forward-looking management recently, and the benefits it’s bringing the company regarding a host of Millennial-centric concerns like environmentalism, diversity, and digital presence. Now, we’d ...
  • Mobile auto sales ‘driving’ eBay performance

    Mobile auto sales ‘driving’ eBay performance

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 22 February 2017

    In the fourth quarter of 2016, a car or truck was sold every three minutes via eBay on mobile phones – and this might just be the tip of the iceberg. A recently released eBay advertising survey suggests this number is rising. eBay is up 15% so far this year ...
  • Deere beats expectations on Q1 – ups outlook for 2017

    Deere beats expectations on Q1 – ups outlook for 2017

    Managed, Wednesday, 22 February 2017

    Agricultural and construction machinery maker Deere & Co. released its Q1 earnings report for 2017 last week, beating analysts’ expectations on earnings per share and net sales, and raising its outlook for fiscal 2017. These wins were not just preferable ...
  • Marriott beats expectations in fourth quarter

    Marriott beats expectations in fourth quarter

    Luxury, Tuesday, 21 February 2017

    The world’s largest hotelier, Marriott International, posted fourth quarter earnings results for 2016 towards the end of last week.  This quarter was important for investors, shedding a little more light on Marriott post-Starwood acquisition, which was ...
  • Electronic Arts makes gaming half price

    Electronic Arts makes gaming half price

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 21 February 2017

    Electronic Arts (EA) is offering PC gamers access to its online library of games at half price – just $30 per year. The service, Origin Access, lets players sidestep the process of buying and installing games in the physical world, letting them play via an ...
  • Assa Abloy door wins coveted industry award

    Assa Abloy door wins coveted industry award

    Managed, Tuesday, 21 February 2017

    Global security market leader Assa Abloy is no stranger when it comes to designing doors, and that experience has paid off in a big way with its latest product, the Integris Door. The door in question is a moisture resistant design suitable for internal or external ...
  • Facebook’s new mission statement offers ‘fake news’ update

    Facebook’s new mission statement offers ‘fake news’ update

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 21 February 2017

    Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, is an ambitious man. Recently, he penned a lengthy post on Facebook that serves as an updated mission statement for the company. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Millennial billionaire sees business and humanitarian concerns ...
  • According to the stock market, Trump hasn’t put a foot wrong!

    According to the stock market, Trump hasn’t put a foot wrong!

    All News, Monday, 20 February 2017

    You might be forgiven for thinking that President Trump’s first month in office has been a little chaotic. Yet, between the million women marching on Washington to protest the new commander in chief, the unexpected resignation of Michael Flynn as national ...
  • H&M ready to wage war against online competitors

    H&M ready to wage war against online competitors

    Luxury, Monday, 20 February 2017

    Twenty years ago, affordable luxury brands like H&M had disrupted their traditional luxury forebears. Gone were the days when you had to spend a lot to look good. These new fashion houses, with their unshakably cool and brash branding, shook up the clothing ...
  • Google takes Pixel smartphones seriously – so should its competition

    Google takes Pixel smartphones seriously – so should its competition

    Ecommerce, Monday, 20 February 2017

    In the last few months of 2016, Google finally released its own smartphone. The result? According to most reviewers, one of the best combinations of hardware and software on the market. And it seems that Google is taking its foray into handsets seriously; with the ...
  • Ukraine has cashless future in its sights – and so does Dominion

    Ukraine has cashless future in its sights – and so does Dominion

    Ecommerce, Friday, 17 February 2017

    Ukraine has become the latest country to embrace – or plan to embrace – its cashless future. Going cashless has some serious benefits from a governmental point of view: primarily, an e-paper trail is easier to keep track of than a paper trail. That means ...
  • Starbucks’ biggest hurdle? It’s own success!

    Starbucks’ biggest hurdle? It’s own success!

    Luxury, Friday, 17 February 2017

    Starbucks can’t handle the volume of orders it’s getting. And it’s only got itself to blame: its Mobile Order and Pay app has driven coffee-fiends from their homes and offices and into the comfort of Starbucks’ stores around the globe. ...
  • Zalando knows “where it’s at” – and where it needs to be

    Zalando knows “where it’s at” – and where it needs to be

    Ecommerce, Friday, 17 February 2017

    One of the areas shaking up ecommerce at the moment is logistics. Companies like Amazon and FedEx have set enormous precedents when it comes to the speed and professionalism of the packaging and delivery side of ecommerce. Taking payments with a click is only half ...
  • Eurofins continues acquisition-led expansion with Brazilian ASL

    Eurofins continues acquisition-led expansion with Brazilian ASL

    Managed, Friday, 17 February 2017

    Eurofins Scientific, an international group of laboratories that has its base in Switzerland, is a hungry company. Over the last few months it’s gobbled up smaller businesses in an impressive industry land-grab that positions it as the overwhelming market ...
  • Yellen: more rate hikes coming if economy stays strong

    Yellen: more rate hikes coming if economy stays strong

    All News, Thursday, 16 February 2017

    If the U.S. economy meets the Federal Reserve’s (FED’s) outlook of rising inflation and tightening labour markets, then chairwoman Janet Yellen thinks there’s a strong case for more rate hikes earlier than expected. Painting a positive picture of ...
  • Facebook commits to media audit; doubles down on ad offerings

    Facebook commits to media audit; doubles down on ad offerings

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 16 February 2017

    Over the past few years, Facebook has turned itself into a powerful media platform. It is, nonetheless, adamant that it’s not a media company – it doesn’t actually produce media itself, just features others’. If Facebook’s ambitions ...
  • Yoox-Net-a-Porter sales jump on customer number increase

    Yoox-Net-a-Porter sales jump on customer number increase

    Luxury, Thursday, 16 February 2017

    Net sales at Yoox-Net-a-Porter (YNAP) rose by 12.4% to €1.87 billion on a reported basis for the year ended December 31 2016, against the same figure from 2015. The driver behind this enviable sales growth? Customers are flocking to the fashionable etailer in ...
  • Just Eat on the lookout for new CEO

    Just Eat on the lookout for new CEO

    Managed, Thursday, 16 February 2017

    Fast-growing online takeaway company Just Eat is looking for a new CEO. David Buttress, who has led the company admirably since 2013, has announced that he is standing down due to “urgent family matters”. While the company conducts its search, Just ...
  • U.S. investors and business owners see rosy future

    U.S. investors and business owners see rosy future

    All News, Wednesday, 15 February 2017

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch released a survey yesterday that shows that investors are more positive about the global economy than they’ve been since 2011. The optimism sweeping through U.S. investors and business people is, of course, directly linked to new ...
  • Disney raises ticket price in U.S. and hopes in Europe

    Disney raises ticket price in U.S. and hopes in Europe

    Luxury, Wednesday, 15 February 2017

    The Walt Disney Company has raised ticket prices for its American theme parks by up to $5 for a single-day ticket. This is an annual event, and the bitter-pill of higher ticket prices is usually offset by cuts to other types of tickets or discount deals, meaning ...
  • Tencent lets users give gold for Valentine’s Day

    Tencent lets users give gold for Valentine’s Day

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 15 February 2017

    Yesterday, Chinese ecommerce giant Tencent allowed users of its massively popular WeChat messenger service to send each other grams of gold online. This Valentine’s Day release marks the latest in a series of initiatives designed to capitalize on the Chinese ...