Retail technologies and innovation at SACSC’s Western Cape Breakfast

Ian Merrington
Ian Merrington, CEO of The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CITI) and The Bandwidth Barn.

Imagine a world where there are no long queues. A world where paying for an item of clothing or food is as simple as placing them into your trolley or shopping basket. Imagine no more. As we continuously progress in terms of technology and convenience, retail is one of the many spaces that will soon see technologies of the imagination being realized as innovations of today.

Ian Merrington a man known for his insights into technologies of all sorts as well as his insights on digital currencies such as Bitcoin will share his expertise at the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) Western Cape Networking Breakfast which will take place at the Radisson Blu, Granger Bay on March 28, 2017.

SACSC CEO Amanda Stops encouraged Cape Town-based retailers and Shopping Centre managers alike to attend the event. “These networking events provide invaluable insights into new trends, new ideas and provides a platform to network with other like-minded industry leaders to better the industry in the country. We are very happy to have Ian at this event, he truly has an interesting and relevant topic to present,” she said.

Ian, CEO of The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CITI) and The Bandwidth Barn, also sits on the advisory boards of the University of Cape Town’s Information Systems Department and the Computer Sciences Department. If that is not all, he is a lead mentor for the Barclays Techstars programme in Cape Town. His passion lies in the role innovation plays in solving challenges often faced by modern societies. He believes that FinTech and the blockchain have enormous transformative potential in Africa and that inclusive innovation can improve lives across the continent. In his current role, he has a focus on supporting and incubating inclusive tech enabled innovation, creating job ready candidates for the ICT sector and also accelerating tech entrepreneurs, specializing in FinTech, EdTech and Data.

At the breakfast event, Ian will share his insights into the role of technology in the retail space and how the retail and shopping centre industry needs to evolve to accommodate these technological advancements.

“The use of mobile devices (watches, phones) to make payment at the point of sale gives rise to a number of new considerations and amongst the current challenges being faced is how does the retailer know that he has been paid, automation of the process may also obviate the need for cashiers and tellers. Customers will also seek out an ease of check-out experience, taken to the extreme it will become seamless and goods will be charged as they are placed in the basket,” he said.

Bookings are essential. The breakfast event takes place from 7am on March 28, 2017 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Beach Road, Granger Bay. Those interested may call Sheila on 010 0030 228 or visit