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How Does A Mobile Wallet Vary In Different Countries?

Simple and secure ways to complete transactions directly through a mobile device has become increasingly popular over the last three years globally for all users through a number of different technologies, from Mobile Wallets, to the launch of platforms like Apple Pay and Android Pay for Smartphone users.

Blockchain Technology May Transform the Lives of African Farmers

A new venture plans to use blockchain to transform the lives of millions of African farmers.

Mineral investor African Potash Ltd is partnering with Global Markets Exchange Group International’s (GMEX) FinComEco to develop blockchain-based platforms for Sub-Saharan Africa’s agricultural commodity markets, according to a statement on Tuesday.

The "supply-to-demand system" will connect smaller farmers and traders with brokers and buyers to help them boost productivity and obtain better prices, London-based African Potash said.

51 Percent of Shoppers Combine their Offline and Online Experiences

A VWO ecommerce report has revealed that more than 51% of shoppers combine their offline and online experiences.

Black Friday Breaks Mobile Shopping Records

Black Friday online shopping hit an all-time high this year, growing 24 percent year-over-year, according to data from Salesforce’s retail intelligence unit.
Fortune reported news that 42 percent of Black Friday orders were placed on a smartphone, while 49 percent were placed on a desktop or laptop computer, marking the first year that computers generated less than half of all online orders.
“When it comes to holiday shopping, shoppers now overwhelmingly choose digital,” said Salesforce.

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Everything you need to know to take advantage of the cryptocurrency revolution

The recent roller coaster bitcoin price has moved the topic of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain from geeky chat rooms to boardrooms and dining room tables. The cryptocurrency revolution is here and can’t be ignored by businesses around the world. But with something so new, that fundamentally disrupts so much about what we think we know about currencies and trust, where do you start?

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How Google Plans To Power Up Mobile Shopping For The Holidays

Just in time for the holiday season, Google is expanding its mobile shopping experience, including showing buying guides for broad categories and adding more information for specific product searches.

“When you search for a specific product, now shows you other helpful information, like related items, and allows you to compare reviews, prices and other specs, side by side,” wrote Google product management director for Google Shopping, Jennifer Liu, on Google’s The Keyword blog.

Makro Boosts Delivery Performance of WumDrop

Makro, retailer owned by Massmart, has acquired a majority stake in delivery startup WumDrop.

With the acquisition, the company plans to reduce the delivery time from three days to three hours for clients located within 20 kilometres of Makro store.

The value of the deal has not been disclosed. WumDrop, which was founded in 2014, will continue to work with other clients, including The Foschini Group, Standard Bank and Zando.