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Andy Higgins
Andy Higgins is the co-founder and Managing Director of bidorbuy.co.za, South Africa's leading online marketplace. He is also on the board of directors at payfast.co.za, a company specialising in online payments for South Africa, jobs.co.za, an online jobs portal and jump.co.za, an online shopping comparison web site. Andy has over 12 years experience in the Internet industry having been involved in Internet start-ups on 5 continents. He has a BSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Natal and an MBA from Wits Business School.
  • Can SA expect a boom in ecommerce?

    The ecommerce landscape in South Africa has historically been hampered by slow and expensive Internet access, but things are beginning to change for the better. And if you are in any doubt as to whether speed is important for an ecommerce website, consider the following observations on the effects of latency on user behaviour: Amazon found every 100ms of latency cost them 1% in sales. Google found an extra 0.5 seconds in search page generation time dropped traffic by 20%. Anyone running a South African website would be very familiar with the highly predictable dip in their web stats over weekends, indicating that...