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Six trends that will impact consumer behaviour in the years to come

Companies need to adapt and innovate to keep up – or face becoming obsolete.

Why this South African bank launched its own smartphone

By improving client adoption of smartphones, FNB hopes to encourage usage of its digital banking services.

Discover new business ideas, trends and opportunities in east Africa's consumer industries

In this issue of the East Africa Consumer Industries Quarterly™ we discuss business trends, ideas and opportunities in the fast-moving consumer goods, semi-durable goods, durable goods and retail industries.

How this money transfer company plans to compete in Africa

Zoona has established over 1,500 outlets across Zambia and Malawi, and is now expanding to Mozambique.

Kenyan entrepreneur ventures into competitive processed meat industry

Peter Njonjo’s business was inspired by backyard barbecues with his friends.

Building an oil industry hub in the Gulf of Guinea

Luba Freeport's goal is to be a base for West and Central Africa’s oil industry.

Business Focus

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    Why this Tanzanian mobile operator shares ‘profits’ with its customers

    26 August, 2016
    In 2014, Tigo Tanzania became the first telco in the world to share profits with its mobile money uses.
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    Plastics – boring for some, but a thriving business for this East African company

    26 August, 2016
    Silafrica has built a successful business from plastics, and is seeing plenty of scope for future growth.
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    Forget natural resources: It’s science and tech that will transform Africa

    25 August, 2016
    African societies – with their myriad economic and social challenges – offer the richest test-bed for scientific and technological research.
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    Why this South African bank launched its own smartphone        

    24 August, 2016
    By improving client adoption of smartphones, FNB hopes to encourage usage of its digital banking services.

Foreign Investment

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    Africa expansion: Massmart maintains an ‘optimistic but measured approach’

    26 August, 2016
    Massmart, owned by Walmart, wants to open five new stores on the continent (outside of South Africa) over the next two years.
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    What Africa can learn from Sheffield’s investment deal with China

    23 August, 2016
    Leaders on the continent have not shown enough commitment to ensuring equitable partnerships with China.
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    Why Old Mutual is investing millions in Nigerian property and agriculture

    23 August, 2016
    'It is not without risk, but the returns are very reasonable relative to that risk,' says Diane Radley, CEO of Old Mutual Investment Group.
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    Selling food in Africa: Asian company talks about lessons learned

    22 August, 2016
    Shaun Jayaratnam, associate vice president at Vega Foods, shares some of the company’s experiences.

Entrepreneur watch

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    Malawian entrepreneur shuns city life for agriculture

    18 August, 2016
    Rose Chisowa is now making more than what she earned from her office job.
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    mSurvey wants to solve Africa’s data challenge. Here’s how

    16 August, 2016
    The technology provides a direct channel for organisations to gather insight into people – particularly in emerging markets.
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    Kenyan entrepreneur ventures into competitive processed meat industry

    16 August, 2016
    Peter Njonjo’s business was inspired by backyard barbecues with his friends.
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    Kenyan pharmacy chain: Why have one store, when you can have five?

    12 August, 2016
    'There is always room for growth,' says Roselyn Anyango, co-founder of Neem Pharmacy.

Business Advice

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    Advice for young women in the workplace

    22 August, 2016
    What does it take to become an established member of the team and shape your professional trajectory?
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    Creating a learning marketing and sales organisation to win

    8 August, 2016
    Delivering sales and marketing excellence in the face of a dynamic market is vitally important for driving brand growth and gaining a competitive advantage.
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    Failed businesses: A path to entrepreneurial success

    25 July, 2016
    Sometimes knowing when to start again is the best thing you can do as a budding entrepreneur.
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    Introducing a new brand: Advice from a manufacturer who has been there

    22 July, 2016
    How a small-time manufacturer got her products stocked next to the big foreign brands.

Meet the Boss

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    Meet the Boss: Simon Stamper, director of operations, Africa, IHG

    10 August, 2016
    'The greatest skill of a leader is to empower and inspire others to do a great job.'
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    Meet the Boss: Hakan Soderholm, managing director, Tetra Pak East Africa

    4 August, 2016
    'I think the biggest leadership challenge is to raise kids.'
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    Meet the Boss: Marcus Courage, CEO, Africapractice

    1 August, 2016
    'I cherish the alone time that a plane journey affords me.'
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    Meet the Boss: Karsten Wellner, CEO, Ascendis Health

    21 July, 2016
    'In order to get a good job you must actually show you have done more than just studying. The competition is big.'

FOCUS ON CENTRAL AFRICA

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    Building an oil industry hub in the Gulf of Guinea

    19 August, 2016
    Luba Freeport's goal is to be a base for West and Central Africa’s oil industry.
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    DRC economy: The giant awakens

    8 August, 2016
    Despite conflict, investors continue to pour money into the Great Lakes region.
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    Cameroonian entrepreneur: Farming should be about business, not handouts

    27 July, 2016
    As a child, Ernest Atem Lefu witnessed first-hand how his father struggled to sell his crops at a fair price.
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    A future beyond oil. Banker weighs in on Equatorial Guinea’s opportunities to diversify

    25 July, 2016
    Like most African oil producers, Equatorial Guinea has been hurt by the drop in the price of crude.

Recent articles

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    Africa expansion: Massmart maintains an ‘optimistic but measured approach’

    26 August, 2016
    Massmart, owned by Walmart, wants to open five new stores on the continent (outside of South Africa) over the next two years.
  2. tigo 200x240

    Why this Tanzanian mobile operator shares ‘profits’ with its customers

    26 August, 2016
    In 2014, Tigo Tanzania became the first telco in the world to share profits with its mobile money uses.
  3. clothes hanger 200x240

    Plastics – boring for some, but a thriving business for this East African company

    26 August, 2016
    Silafrica has built a successful business from plastics, and is seeing plenty of scope for future growth.
  4. Kenya's iHub xxx

    Forget natural resources: It’s science and tech that will transform Africa

    25 August, 2016
    African societies – with their myriad economic and social challenges – offer the richest test-bed for scientific and technological research.
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    Seven unique challenges businesses face in Africa

    25 August, 2016
    Despite the opportunity that exists for companies expanding or investors putting money into Africa, the continent has a number of unique challenges to overcome.
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