Correctly approaching business in Africa can yield uncharacteristically loyal customers

Chad Baker, GM at XON and VP at NEC

“Has Africa’s growth run out of steam?” begins a McKinsey Global Institute (McKinsey) report. It’s called Lions on the move II: Realizing the potential of Africa’s economies, dated September 2016. My short answer is: no. But you must embrace the nuance of what it is to do business in Africa, says CHAD BAKER, VP at NEC, and 15-year veteran responsible for the Africa strategy and growth in the region.

Pick n Pay Coachmans Crossing gets Pricer electronic labels to feed just-in-time stocking

Pricer electronic shelf labels, just in time at Pick n Pay Coachmans Crossing

Pick n Pay Coachmans Crossing has deployed more than 11 000 refurbished Pricer electronic shelf labels (ESL) from XON Retail.
The labels will support an upcoming just-in-time stock keeping process that speeds up and improve the accuracy of regular daily and weekly price updates, cuts labour costs of price updates, costs of paper labels, and costs of incorrect prices.


Guard your digital ID or you could get fired or worse

Mark Harris, marketing director at XON

Safeguarding our digital identities will become a crucial task in our near futures as the digital and cyber worlds increasingly merge.

NEC Africa secures Africa’s top cyber security expert

Vernon Fryer, the renowned cyber security specialist formerly of Vodacom, has joined NEC Africa to head up the African cyber business and Cyber Defence Operation Centre.
Fryer, with more than 46 years of experience, was formerly Group Chief Technology Security Officer at Vodacom where he strategically aligned networks, information services, and Vodafone Group Technology Security.

Lithium-ion battery technology has fundamentally changed the way alternative energy suppliers innovate solutions to overcome many of Africa’s business challenges

That is one of the points to emerge during the alternative energy track of the XON and NEC Summit recently held in Limpopo Province in August, which included Magnus Coetzee, MD of XON Alternative Energy (Pty) Ltd.
Lithium-ion batteries, the same technology used in mobile phones, electric vehicles and laptops, are overtaking lead acid batteries, which were developed in the 19th century, in many applications such as telecom backup, rural electrification, grid stabilisation and renewables integration.  

Distributed grid storage could slash Africa’s electricity infrastructure rollout costs

The total installed electricity generating capacity in 48 sub-Sahara African countries is roughly the equivalent of Spain, according to The World Bank. Frighteningly, as much as a quarter of that meagre supply is offline at any given time, due to poor maintenance and ageing infrastructure. Regardless, one in five sub-Sahara Africans simply do not have access to electricity and fewer than 40% of African countries will achieve universal access to electricity by 2050.
One of the challenges is the cost to build and then maintain infrastructure.

How small and medium businesses are changing the cloud service provider industry

Thomas Lee, GM of Wingu

Small and medium businesses (SMB) need innovative, complex, layered security in depth at the application level for their cloud-based applications and services in an emerging world of significantly ramped up global, and sophisticated distributed denial of service (DDoS) cyber attacks.

XON and NEC host Bringing Tomorrow to Africa Today summit for African ICT leaders

XON and NEC are hosting their annual two-day summit at Legends Golf & Safari Lodge on August 18 and 19 this year.
The invitation-only summit last year attracted delegates from some of Africa’s largest and most respected organisations, including Telecom Namibia, Somtel, Baharicom, Teraco, South African Revenue Service (SARS), TN Mobile, Telkom, Vodacom, South Africa’s Department of Education, FNB, BT and others.

Smart cities are vulnerable but intelligent cities are safe and secure

Bertus Marais, head of XON’s public safety and security division

Advanced technologies must be used intelligently to make cities safer, Walter Lee told the audience at ITWeb’s Security Summit 2016.
XON, in concert with NEC Africa through its business partnership with the global NEC technology giant, was a Summit sponsor and Lee is responsible for the business strategy and operations of the Innovation Management Office (IMO) in the Global Safety Division of NEC Corporation.  

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Electronic shelf labelling gives customers more confidence in the accuracy of pricing; and store owners can operate their stores more efficiently.

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