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More on the Effects of COVID

It is obvious that the COVID lockdown has had and will continue to have a major effect on the use of traditional office space. Last month the Newsletter raised the cybersecurity and privacy issues raised by having staff working from home, however, if you can solve those challenges, the new normal may be far fewer…

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Call for Action! COVID and Ecommerce in SA

Please may we remind all e-shops or e-platforms to continue to carry the government COVID announcement prominently on your website. EFSA continues to work closely with government with twice weekly conference calls. Government is monitoring sites and has told us that a number of ecommerce sites have removed the COVID link recently. Please let us…

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Interview with Alastair Tempest of Ecommerce Forum South Africa

We had the opportunity to get in contact with our new strategic partner to SAITEX, Alastair Tempest of Ecommerce Forum South Africa. During these times of uncertainty come about times of resilience. In our interview with Alastair we discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the ecommerce industry and how Ecommerce Forum South Africa is addressing this internally…

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Gifting in the COVID Era

Jumia has donated face masks to the health ministries of Nigeria, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Uganda and Morocco. 54gene, a genomics research startup, has launched a $500,000 fund to boost local testing capacity for coronavirus in West Africa. Ventures Platform, a local VC firm, has also partnered with the Lagos science and research agency to find and fund innovative tech-based solutions that tackle…

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Protection Against Twitter Bots

NortonLifeLock Research Group, the R&D division of antivirus vendor NortonLifeLock, has released a browser extension called BotSight that is designed to detect Twitter Bots in real time. BotSight is intended to highlight the prevalence of bots and disinformation campaigns within users’ feeds, as the spread of pandemic-related misinformation reaches a veritable fever pitch. Recent studies suggest that certain influential social media accounts are promoting false cures and…

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The “New Normal” – Working from Home

A new wave of disruption more forceful and more pervasive than what we have seen previously is likely to unfold in the next decade. While the roots of this disruption—technological, economic, geopolitical, demographic or environmental—may remain the same, the unique convergence of these factors should unleash unprecedented change in the broader society and economy. Foremost among the drivers of…

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The Economy Post-COVID-19 Era

The volume of world merchandise trade may fall drastically in the first half of 2020 as the pandemic disrupts the global economy, according to the WTO Goods Trade Barometer released on 20 May. The index currently stands at 87.6, far below the baseline value of 100, suggesting a sharp contraction in world trade extending into the 2nd quarter. The Barometer…

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Facebook’s New Ecommerce Initiative

Facebook Shops has been launched in the USA as a way for businesses to list their products on Facebook and Instagram. FB points out that since the COVID-19 pandemic started there has been a surge in e-commerce. Facebook Shop is free and makes it simple to set up a single online store for customers to…

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South Africa Opens Lockdown for Ecommerce

The EFSA has engaged government since the start of the lockdown and had produced a number of letters and papers for government pointing out the public health benefits of home delivery and concerns that SA ecommerce was being left behind by the strict rules on ecommerce. This lead to Minister for Trade Patel issuing directions…

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