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  • Online sales of technical consumer goods soar as SA seek bargains
    • 06/18/18
    • -INDUSTRIES
    • -SOLUTIONS
    • South Africa
    • English

    Online sales of technical consumer goods soar as SA seek bargains

    E-commerce retailers grew their share of the South African technical consumer goods market by 52% in 2017, accounting for 6.9% of total consumer spending by rand value for the year. This means they have nearly doubled their share of the market since 2015, according to GfK South Africa's new report, E-commerce 360: Navigating the Technical Goods E-Commerce Market in South Africa.

  • Smartphones sales show resilience in slow quarter for SA consumer tech sales
    • 06/05/18
    • South Africa
    • English

    Smartphones sales show resilience in slow quarter for SA consumer tech sales

    Consumers around the world are putting more value on experiences than they do on possessions, and South Africans are no different. Online shopping, commoditisation of once-expensive goods like smartphones, and a craving for simplicity among consumers are all factors that are helping to drive this trend. People increasingly agree that the thrill of a purchase fades quickly, but the memory of a great experience lasts a lifetime.

  • ViewScape study: Linear broadcasting’s share of screen time shrinks in SA
    • 05/02/18
    • Media and Entertainment
    • South Africa
    • English

    ViewScape study: Linear broadcasting’s share of screen time shrinks in SA

    GfK launches its annual ViewScape study in Africa, showing how the rise of digital platforms is transforming consumers' viewing habits.

  • The ‘ennial tribes: understanding Generation Y and Generation Z South Africans
    • 04/18/18
    • Retail
    • South Africa
    • English

    The ‘ennial tribes: understanding Generation Y and Generation Z South Africans

    South Africa's young people - those aged below 35 years - make up 66% of the country's population. They're rapidly changing the workplace with their search for purpose, the consumer landscape with their demands for authenticity and personalisation, and society at large with their belief in social justice. Brands need to understand what makes them tick to secure a long-term future for their businesses. Rachel Thompson, Insights Director at GfK South Africa, sheds some light on the 'ennial tribes.

  • Smartphones shine in a difficult year for SA’s consumer technology sector
    • 03/15/18
    • -INDUSTRIES
    • Technology
    • South Africa
    • English

    Smartphones shine in a difficult year for SA’s consumer technology sector

    Smartphone unit sales in South Africa climbed by around 21% in 2017, even as South Africans reduced their spending in most categories of the consumer technology market. Storage, media streaming device, and speaker retail sales also saw healthy growth last year, while tablet computer, desktop computer and mobile computer sales experienced sharp declines.

  • Five consumer spending trends to watch out for in 2018
    • 02/01/18
    • Retail
    • South Africa
    • English

    Five consumer spending trends to watch out for in 2018

    Consumers around the world are putting more value on experiences than they do on possessions, and South Africans are no different. Online shopping, commoditisation of once-expensive goods like smartphones, and a craving for simplicity among consumers are all factors that are helping to drive this trend. People increasingly agree that the thrill of a purchase fades quickly, but the memory of a great experience lasts a lifetime.

  • The winning brands in 2018 will get their competitive edge from memorable customer experiences
    • 01/15/18
    • -INDUSTRIES
    • Retail
    • South Africa
    • English

    The winning brands in 2018 will get their competitive edge from memorable customer experiences

    Consumers around the world are putting more value on experiences than they do on possessions, and South Africans are no different. Online shopping, commoditisation of once-expensive goods like smartphones, and a craving for simplicity among consumers are all factors that are helping to drive this trend. People increasingly agree that the thrill of a purchase fades quickly, but the memory of a great experience lasts a lifetime.

  • Consumer electronics sales soar in South Africa during Black Friday week
    • 12/07/17
    • Technology
    • South Africa
    • English

    Consumer electronics sales soar in South Africa during Black Friday week

    South African retailers saw strong sales during the week of Black Friday this year. Panel television unit sales experienced 47% growth and smartphone sales leaped 63% compared to the same week in 2016. The value of panel televisions sold during the week was up 41% over the comparable week in 2016, while the value of smartphone sales climbed by 34%.

  • Smartphone sales in SA rise 28% as average selling price falls
    • 11/21/17
    • Technology
    • South Africa
    • English

    Smartphone sales in SA rise 28% as average selling price falls

    South African smartphone sales climbed 28% year-on-year to 3 million units in the third quarter of 2017, while basic mobile phone sales were up 6% to 1.6 million units for the same period, according to point of sale tracking data from GfK South Africa. Smartphone revenues were up 27% compared to the same quarter in 2016, as the market accelerated its transition from basic phones.

  • Capturing the Generation Z opportunity
    • 10/10/17
    • South Africa
    • English

    Capturing the Generation Z opportunity

    South Africa has a youthful population, with more than 66% of our people below 35 years old and 41% younger than 21 years old. Marketers who want to ensure the longevity of their brands and win the consumer of the future thus need to come to grips with what the under-21s - Generation Z - want and value.

  • Smartphone and notebook sales hold up in competitive South African market, but tablets experience sharp decline
    • 09/27/17
    • Technology
    • South Africa
    • English

    Smartphone and notebook sales hold up in competitive South African market, but tablets experience sharp decline

    Retail growth in South Africa's mobile computer market has flattened out, though the market is performing reasonably well considering the tight economy, according to point of sale data from market research firm, GfK South Africa. However, the media tablet market has shrunk by about 40% in the first half of 2017, while smartphones continue to boom.

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