In-store shoppers: The new retail job trend hitting South Africa

A new form of e-commerce puts workers into retail stores to shop for online customers, offering diversity to clients while providing an interesting entry-level job opportunity. First appeared in Daily Maverick 168 A picture of a bag of carrots pops up on an app and in one swift motion Yolanda Belle finds and grabs the right product, scans it with her phone, and is on to the next thing on the list. The 24-year-old is a full-time professional shopper for OneCart, and moves through the mall with expert precision as she…

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EV shift will turn Mercedes into a smaller company

FRANKFURT – Mercedes parent company Daimler will be a smaller company five years from now, focused on capturing recurring revenues with software-based services as its premium car brand seeks to redefine luxury in an era of electric self-driving cars, Chief Executive Ola Kaellenius said. The Stuttgart-based company is accelerating plans to shift the carmaker beyond combustion-engine vehicles, a step which will result in job losses. “The next five years we will become a smaller company,” Kaellenius told a Reuters Events broadcast on Thursday. “We will have a fundamental change in…

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To thrive in a pandemic, you need to reinvent your business

The Covid-19 pandemic has given rise to many debates. But if there’s one thing commentators appear to be united in, it’s the certainty that our world will be forever changed by it. We’ve all heard the phrase the ‘new normal’, and some economists have predicted that most businesses will have to fundamentally change the way they operate to be able to succeed in a post-Covid global economy. The good news is, that this is entirely possible – science tells us so. Businesses that are sufficiently agile and creative have the…

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A massive windfarm in South Africa is ready for business – creating energy for nearly 500,000 homes

Renewable power generation company, Lekela, has announced that its 140MW Kangnas wind farm in South Africa has successfully reached commercial operations. This marks the completion of all five wind farms in a Lekela-led consortium across South Africa. Together, these total over 600MW and will provide clean, cost-effective power for up to 485,000 South African homes over the next 20 years. The Kangnas wind farm is situated just over 50km east of the town of Springbok in the Nama Khoi Local Municipality of the Northern Cape. Construction for the project began…

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