Archive for the ‘Consumer Goods’ category

Kenyan businesswoman wants to make tea ‘funky’

Flora Mutahi recently launched her first tea café in Nairobi.

Meet the hard-working founder of South African footwear retailer Tekkie Town

Even though he is the majority shareholder of one of South Africa’s largest unlisted retailers, Braam van Huyssteen still works long hours.

‘Tough times don’t last, tough people do,’ says fashion designer Sally Karago

How Kenya’s Sally Karago built her fashion business.

Bringing MAC cosmetics to Kenya a dream come true for local entrepreneur

After trying for many years to launch the MAC brand in Kenya, Joyce Gikunda has finally reached her goal.

How to become an African success story: Six tips from Zambeef’s boss

“There was no empire in the beginning I can assure you of that,” said Francis Grogan, co-founder and CEO of Zambeef.

British shoe maker Clarks eyeing African opportunities

British high street footwear brand Clarks is set to double the number of stores it has in Africa.

Rising brand consciousness among Zambian middle class

Abhilash Bajpai, director of home electronics and appliances retailer, Radian Stores, talks about the rise in brand consciousness he is seeing in Zambia.

Marketing on a budget in Africa: Mi-Fone’s founder shares his strategies

Alpesh Patel, founder of Africa’s Mi-Fone, shares some of the strategies the brand has employed to place it in the game.

South African CEO sends unusual warning to Pizza Hut and Domino’s Pizza

In a frank statement, Famous Brands CEO warns the two American pizza brands not to expect an easy ride in South Africa.

Meet the Boss: Jaswinder Bedi, CEO, Bedi Investments

“I wouldn’t call myself a workaholic, but my wife does.”

African fashion with a Swedish touch

There is currently “a big push for African designs” globally, says Cecilia Östman of fashion company Njema Helena.

The man who built Kenya’s Mimosa Pharmacy chain

How Chris Getonga built and sold a successful pharmacy chain.

Random reflections from a week in Lusaka

How we made it in Africa’s‘s Kate Douglas reflects on some of the business and social characteristics of Lusaka.

Franchising: red flags and opportunities

How we made it in Africa speaks to experts about what entrepreneurs should know before becoming a franchisee in Africa.

How Dutch-based Vlisco became one of Africa’s most popular fashion companies

Vlisco has products for every price point.