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Retail Africa: Africa's next retail giant

Retail Africa: Africa's next retail giant?

Steinhoff and Shoprite are planning to merge their African retail operations in a stock-for-stock deal, as announced in December.

Raphael Afaedor, Co-Founder & CEO, Supermart.ng. Credit: NdaniTV

How former Jumia MD is selling groceries online in Nigeria

Lagos’s infamous back-to-back traffic can turn a simple trip to the grocery store into a time-consuming ordeal.

Olatorera Oniru, CEO, Dress Me Outlet. Credit: konnectafrica.net

From Wall Street to e-commerce in Nigeria

“To scale through the start-up phase is very difficult. It requires a lot of tenacity and, like I always say, it requires experience.” So says Nigerian Olatorera Oniru.

The checkout at Shoprite, Africa's biggest food retailer, in a shopping center in Warri, a fast-growing city in Nigeria's oil-producing region. Credit: nytimes.com

Shoprite & Steinhoff plot massive merger

Retail giants Shoprite and Steinhoff plan to merge to form what will indisputably be one of Africa’s largest retail businesses.

These 6 Sectors of Africa's Economy Are Poised for Growth - McKinsey

These 6 sectors of Africa's economy are poised for growth: McKinsey

In 2011, we published an article in HBR examining the surprisingly rapid growth of African economies and consumer markets.

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Pretoria, South Africa (Illustration)

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre to cement its place as Africa’s largest mall

Despite a slowdown in consumer spending across South Africa, Pretoria’s Menlyn Park Shopping Centre is undergoing a R2.5 billion revamp that will make it the largest mall in Africa, unseating Durban’s Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

Novare Lekki Mall (Illustration)

Nigerian property crash attracts brave investors betting for the long-term

A property market crash in Nigeria offers opportunities for brave investors betting that Africa’s most populous nation will deliver high returns when it climbs out of recession.

Why online marketplaces are not helping e-commerce grow in Nigeria: Oyihoma Saleh, CEO, Kosava Deals

Why online marketplaces are not helping e-commerce grow in Nigeria: Oyihoma Saleh, CEO, Kosava Deals

Nigerians are certainly warming to the idea of shopping online —  especially through mobile  — and this is widely expected given how suited the concept is for addressing the needs of an underserved population with a fast-growing middle class.

6 reasons to invest in Africa

6 reasons to invest in Africa: Tarek Sultan, CEO & Vice Chairman, Agility

The conversation about Africa is shifting from one of “deficits” and “gaps” to one about opportunities, prospects, ventures and creativity.

Olatorera Oniru, CEO, Dress Me Outlet

Meet the Nigerian woman who is building the fashion Amazon of Africa

Olatorera Oniru is one of Nigeria’s most assiduous and ambitious young entrepreneurs. The 29 year-old lady is the founder of Dressmeoutlet.com, a Lagos-based e-commerce startup that retails fashion products sourced from across the globe.

South African supermarket chain Pick n Pay to partner with AG Leventis in Nigeria expansion move

South African supermarket chain Pick n Pay to partner with AG Leventis in Nigeria expansion move

South African supermarket operator Pick n Pay plans to expand into Nigeria next year through a partnership with a local conglomerate, as it seeks to reduce its reliance on its home market, it said on Tuesday.

AB InBev agrees to concessions with South Africa over SABMiller deal

AB InBev agrees to concessions with South Africa over SABMiller deal

Anheuser-Busch InBev will invest 1 billion rand ($69 million) to support South African farmers as part of concessions agreed with the government to secure regulatory approval for its $100 billion-plus takeover of SABMiller.

South Africa's $340 million Mall of Africa set to open this month

The largest mall in Africa: South Africa's $340 million Mall of Africa set to open this month

South Africa’s largest shopping center development to date, the $340 million Mall of Africa, will be fully operational in 17 days — on 28 April 2016.

Two Rivers, Nairobi, Kenya (Illustration)

Africa: A land of opportunity for property investors

UAE investors have been urged to follow in the footsteps of the Majid Al Futtaim Group and the Landmark Group by pursuing property opportunities in East Africa.

Chris Folayan, Founder and CEO, MallForAfrica

Mall For Africa: How a Nigerian built an African e-commerce empire from his bedroom

As an Africa business coach and consultant I have the pleasure of wandering through African business news and related success stories as part of my job.

Nigerian e-commerce site DealDey gets acquired by Swiss media group Ringier (Infographic)

Nigerian e-commerce site DealDey gets acquired by Swiss media group Ringier (Infographic)

The African subsidiary of Swiss media and e-commerce company Ringier has acquired Nigerian online shopping startup DealDey for an undisclosed amount.

Shop Africa 2016: Knight Frank

Shop Africa 2016 (Report & Infographics): Knight Frank

Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a wave of modern shopping mall development. The retail sector has become a major focus for development activity in recent years, as investors have been attracted by the growth potential of African consumer markets.

Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Africa: Firmly on the map

A number of new real estate fund platforms focused on Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have emerged in recent years, giving credence to the continent’s ability to attract larger capital commitments from global investors.

Jumia is AIG’s main subsidiary and operates in 11 African markets.

AXA buys 8% stake In Africa Internet Group for €75M ($85M) valuing company at over $1B

French insurance giant AXA announced today it is investing €75-million to take a 8% stake in Africa Internet Group (AIG), one of the continent’s largest e-commerce operations.

Two Rivers - Kenya

Check out these four mega mall developments soon to be launched in Africa (Photos & Videos)

It’s one of the clearest expressions of the growing middle class in many African countries — a burgeoning demand for shopping malls, each more lavish than the one before.

Sim Shagaya, Chairman, Konga

The 4th industrial revolution and e-commerce: Sim Shagaya, Chairman, Konga

As has recently been reported in the news, I have taken up the new position of Chairman of the Board for Konga.com.

Julius Kipng'etich, CEO, Uchumi Supermarkets

Uchumi Supermarkets of Kenya mulls expansion in Nigeria, Ethiopia & the DRC

Uchumi Supermarkets Ltd., Kenya’s only publicly traded retail chain, is considering starting operations in Nigeria, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo after reorganizing its East African operations, Chief Executive Officer Julius Kipng’etich said.

Juliet Anammah, CEO, Jumia Nigeria

Jumia Nigeria appoints Juliet Anammah as CEO

E-commerce giant Jumia has appointed Juliet Anammah as the CEO of Jumia Nigeria.

A makeup booth at Carrefour in Abidjan

CFAO plans 80 malls across Africa, opens $66M mall in Abidjan

French distribution group CFAO opened its first shopping mall in Africa on Friday, a $66 million centre in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan, as part of a major drive to tap into the growth of Africa’s middle classes.

MallForAfrica

Rising e-commerce platform MallForAfrica could make billions for itself and global brands

A section of Africa’s population has been steadily climbing the affluence stakes, with numbers of multimillionaires predicted to rise by 59% in the next 10 years.

$60M Achimota Retail Centre in Ghana opens

$60M Achimota Retail Centre in Ghana opens

The latest shopping mall development to be complete in Ghana – the $60 million Achimota Retail Centre located in north-eastern Accra – opened its doors today to the delight of locals.

Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, H&M launching in Africa

Your favorite brands are launching in Africa

Krispy Kreme and H&M are launching in South Africa this month, marking their first foray into the African market.

Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria

Lagos governor says first light rail project to be completed by December 2016

Nigeria hopes the first phase of a light railway aimed at easing traffic jams in the commercial hub Lagos will be ready within 13 months, and is inviting bidders for an expansion, Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said on Thursday.

Here are nine tech companies building Nigeria's future

Here are nine tech companies building Nigeria's future

Over the course of the last 5 years, Nigeria has seen the rise of many tech companies working to address Nigerian problems with unique solutions. Although a number have failed in this quest, a good number have diversified or pivoted their solutions to sustain business.

Choppies Plans Sub-Saharan Africa Expansion in Market Share Push

Choppies Plans Sub-Saharan Africa Expansion in Market Share Push

Choppies Enterprises Ltd., the Botswanan supermarket chain that listed in South Africa in May, plans to open about 30 stores in the year through June and may also expand via acquisitions as the retailer seeks to increase market share in the region.

Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's might soon face tough competition if Africa's retail titan gets his way. (Reuters/Neil Hall)

A South African tycoon is buying up some of Britain's most precious assets: its shops

Christo Wiese, the South African businessman behind Africa’s largest retailer, Shoprite, has his sights on entering the grocery sector in Britain through a possible acquisition.

A wall of mixed retail opportunity (Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)

The most promising retail markets in Africa are in countries people rarely talk about

It is rarely mentioned countries, like Gabon, Botswana and Angola, that are increasingly becoming attractive for multinational retailers looking to launch and expand on the African continent, according to a new report.

South Africa's Truworths in talks about $462M bid for British footwear retailer Office

South Africa's Truworths in talks about $462M bid for British footwear retailer Office

South African fashion retailer Truworths International said on Monday it was in talks with privately owned shoe chain Office about acquiring the British company.

Rendering of Le Grand Marche de Libreville, Gabon

The 2015 African Retail Development Index (Infographics, Video & Report): AT Kearney

Africa’s landscape is changing. As economies rise and a shopping culture emerges, the retail opportunity is greater than ever before.

Alec Oxenford, Founder, Letgo

South Africa's Naspers invests $100M in smartphone start-up Letgo

The world of online marketplaces may already seem crowded with the likes of Amazon.com and the Alibaba Group.

Natalie Kolbe, Partner, Actis

Emerging markets private equity firm Actis buys stake in South African furniture retailer Coricraft

Buyout firm Actis has bought a significant minority stake in South African furniture retailer Coricraft, it said on Tuesday, marking the latest deal by the private equity investor to tap Africa’s fast-growing consumer industries.

Shoprite is cementing its standing as Africa's retail giant. (Reuters/Staff)

South Africa's Shoprite supermarket has the edge on Walmart's Nigeria plans

Get ready for the Nigerian supermarket wars. Within weeks of each other, two major retailers have announced their intention to battle it out in Africa’s largest consumer-goods market.

Shoprite to accelerate Africa expansion

Africa's biggest retailer Shoprite to accelerate Africa expansion

South Africa’s Shoprite Holdings, Africa’s biggest retailer by sales, will open nearly twice as many stores on the rest of the continent this year as in 2014, chief executive Whitey Basson said on Tuesday.

MallForAfrica

With a billion Africans set to shop online, a new wave of start-ups is looking to cash in (Infographics)

Africa’s middle class is rising and they have money to spend. About a third of the continent spends between $4 to $20 a day—a group that is expected to grow to 42% by 2060, according to data from the Africa Development Bank. That’s more than a billion people.

Amazon Opens Johannesburg Office in Africa Expansion

Amazon opens Johannesburg office in South Africa expansion

Amazon.com Inc plans to open a branch of its cloud-based technology business in Johannesburg as the online retailer seeks to expand its customer base in Africa.

Supermarket group Choppies wants to have 200 stores by the end of next year

Opportunities multiply as African ventures eye wider horizons

When Choppies opened its first store in Lobatse, a small town in Botswana, its ambition was limited to becoming a retailer of substance in its domestic market.

Walmart: From Arkansas to Lagos (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Walmart is planning to open retail outlets in Nigeria

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer by revenue, is in advanced talks to open big box stores in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub.