Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 64 - Page 10

NEWS

redPanda Software ’ s new Flooid partnership is poised to benefit retailers in South Africa

out online or on mobile . When you consider cart abandonment rates nearing 70 %, due to security concerns or often complicated checkout processes , the concept of frictionless quickly moves from a nice idea to a must-have .”
Peter Ludi , Business Development Director , redPanda Software , said the two businesses have built a strong working cadence making the next phase of their partnership a smooth transition to a higher gear .

South Africa-based enterprise software developer RedPanda Software has been appointed by Flooid , a global leading cloud-based unified commerce platform , to be its go-to-market and distribution partner in South Africa and other markets , bringing even more seamless service to customers , resellers and partners .

The move was the natural evolution of a long software development relationship , spanning more than a decade , between the two retail technology providers .
Gabriël Swanepoel , Country Manager , Mastercard , Southern Africa , said : “ Consumers want frictionless , convenient checkout regardless of whether they check
Martyn Osborne , CEO EMEA , Flooid , said : “ I ’ m delighted to be building on an already great relationship with redPanda Software that we ’ ve developed over many years .”
Gareth Hawkey , Group CEO and Co-founder , redPanda Software , said : “ We ’ re excited to be deepening our relationship with Flooid and extending its reach into the South African and other markets .”

African Development Bank-supported digital platform will support women farmers to gain access to markets

Women farmers in Cote d ’ Ivoire will more easily find markets for their crops , thanks to a digital platform recently launched by UN Women .

Blaatto , part of the UN agency ’ s Buy From Women initiative , is targeting women smallholder farmers and members of women-led agricultural cooperatives in the country ’ s central region where access to markets is relatively poor . The word ‘ blaatto ’ means ‘ come and buy ’ in the region ’ s Baule language .
Buy From Women is an open-source , cloud-based enterprise and e-commerce platform that can be customised to specific market products . It also offers women information and finance . In Cote d ’ Ivoire , UN Women is rolling out the initiative with
African Development Bank support and with funding from the Bank-managed Korea Africa Economic Cooperation Trust Fund .
The platform is part of a UN Women project in Cote d ’ Ivoire to strengthen women ’ s agricultural resilience to climate change and quality of life by incorporating ICT into agricultural production .
Antonia Ngabala Sodonon , Country Representative for Cote d ’ Ivoire , UN Women and Esther Dassanou , Coordinator of the African Development Bank ’ s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa initiative also participated . Before an audience of government representatives , development partners and women farmers , Anoblé and Sodonon signed an agreement for the management of Buy From Women .
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