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Digital Advertising – International Initiatives for SA

November 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Digital Advertising – International Initiatives for SA

EFA attended a conference call with the US-based Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) together with the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB-SA), the Marketing Association (MASA), the Agencies (ACA) and the Mobile Marketers (MMA) to explore if the DAA system would be suitable for SA. The DDA has been running for a number of years in the USA…

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EFA Attended PASA Card Payments Stakeholder Forum

November 6, 2017 | Comments Off on EFA Attended PASA Card Payments Stakeholder Forum

EFA attended the Payments Association of SA Stakeholder meeting on 19 Oct. This group includes the banks, credit card operators and relevant sector representatives (including retailers). EFA is also a member of the PASA Electronic, Paper and Cash Stakeholders Strategy Forum. The Forum heard of the plans to revise PASA’s role, include more sectors, and…

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EFA Attended the first City of Joburg Entrepreneurship Symposium

November 6, 2017 | Comments Off on EFA Attended the first City of Joburg Entrepreneurship Symposium

On behalf of EFA, I attended the first City of Joburg Entrepreneurship Symposium on 23-24 Oct which looked at how to grow SMEs and provide a better environment for them to flourish and thrive. The Mayor, Herman Mashaba, gave a speech on his vision of the City in the future. His vision is to “turn…

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Launch of the Ecommerce Forum Africa (EFA)

November 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Major players in ecommerce launched the new Ecommerce Forum Africa (EFA) on 12 November in Johannesburg and 13 November in Cape Town. The mission of the EFA is to drive sustainable, profitable and reputable growth of the ecommerce business in Africa. Mr Nic Robertson, Chairman of the EFA and Head of Strategy and New Business…

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European Court of Justice Overturns the EU-US Safe Harbor Agreement

October 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

A lot of people have asked me what I felt about the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on Wednesday 7 Oct. This is how I have replied – The European Commission (EC) has been wasting time with its (so far failed) Data Protection Regulation, rather than looking at some of the major issues that have…

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Looking beyond the obvious in sub-Saharan Africa: The rise of e-commerce

August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

The building blocks for future developments in e-tailing are emerging in sub-Saharan Africa, as a growing middle class and young population create a demand for products that store-based retail simply cannot meet, due to a lack of shopping malls and gridlocked cities… Advances have been most notable in Nigeria where a surge in telecom investments…

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Trusted payment gateway services providers a key competitive differentiator

August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

The landscape of local e-commerce is increasingly becoming a cutthroat and competitive space. SA’s online retail sector has a forecasted growth of 15.9% CAGR and will be worth an estimated R9.5bn in 2018 according to a recent survey released by PwC. Brendon WilliamsonBrendon Williamson Unsurprisingly, the sector is seeing an influx of new entrants which…

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How 3D secure is affecting SA online stores

August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Despite showing significant growth in 2014 and into 2015, the South African e-commerce market has hit another hurdle threatening its progress. The onset of compulsory 3D Secure implementation on March 1, 2015, for all online stores meant that the CVV number would no longer be sufficient for making secure online purchases. This was largely driven…

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