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  • Zando celebrates 2nd birthday, records over 1.5-million site visits monthly

    One of South Africa's leading ecommerce stores and arguably the country's most popular online fashion shop, Zando, is today celebrating its birthday and showing off two years of impressive growth. Since launching in 2011, the Africa Internet Holding affiliate is ranked number five in the Google Zeitgeist ranking of SA brands in 2013 together with other popular local ecommerce brands such as OLX and competitor Spree. Today, Zando offers over 20 000 products online with more than 1.5-million site visits per month. Zando delivers fashion accessories directly to customers' doorsteps with secure online payment options or Cash-On-Delivery (COD) in...

  • PayGate wants to simplify online retailers’ security and payment solutions

    Whether small or big, your online business is always susceptible to fraud or data breaches. As a report suggested last year, cyber attacks don't discriminate. Security rules and regulations have thus become more strict over the years and cumbersome for many businesses. PayGate is one of those payment services that sits on the right side of the security fence that wants to simplify this aspect of running a business. Quite often overlooked, Harvey explains why having a secure online payment solution is necessary. Businesses have to adhere to certain standards and practices specified by the Payment Card Industry Data...

  • SureThing launches online gadget insurance in SA for portable devices

    SureThing is South Africa's newest insurance company, covering all things portable and electronic, and it's all done online. The 'online gadget insurance solution' covers precious personal items like your cellphone, tablet, laptop, e-reader or game console, reportedly from just R70 per month. The company was founded by Richard Neville, an insurance entrepreneur, who noticed a gap in the insurance market for portable electronic items and designed SureThing as a cost-effective and quick service for the youth of South Africa. "Historically, portable gadgets were only included on insurance policies if you owned your own home. SureThing is an easy online insurance solution...

  • Pilot POS partners with wiGroup to simplify mobile payments in SA

    With a 70% mobile penetration in Africa, mobile money transfer service is eagerly waiting to take off. To further implement this concept, Pilot Software, has announced that it is streamlining its mobile integration process by allowing third-party applications -- such as Google Wallet -- to be compatible with its already popular POS (Point of Sale) software. By partnering with wiGroup -- a company that's responsible for mobile transaction solutions -- Pilot’s clients will be able to accept any mobile transaction, from mobile coupons and vouchers, through to mobile rewards and loyalty programmes, using a simple API (Application Programming Interface). Glen...

  • Everything Hair offers South Africa real-time beauty advice and products

    The beauty care products industry is predicted to be worth US$265-billion by 2017. Startups and VCs the world over have started to take notice. In America Makeoverly is forging its own way as part online-beauty consultancy part etailer, while in South Africa try-before-you-buy startup Rubybox has gone from strength to strength having received funding from HPV Africa. Joining the race in South Africa is online salon Everything Hair offering products, service and advice, making it something akin to the South African Makeoverly. On the one side of the business, customers can order their favourite hair products in one place, online, and...

  • Webfluential platform links web’s most influential with brands, PR [Video]

    Do you have 2 000 Twitter followers or run a popular blog? This might be something to look into. Mike Sharman, the co-founder of Webfluential, chats to Mich Atagana about his South African platform that links influencers with brands and PR agencies to promote campaigns. By linking popular influencers on a single platfrom, Webfluential is able to track and analyse traffic data from active social media accounts to ultimately connect them with marketing agencies. Although not being an entirely new concept, Sharman explains South Africa's need for regulation of its online space in this regard. Webfluential aims to fill the gap...

  • Mail & Guardian CTO, WeChat Africa head among EMA Summit keynotes

    The Enterprise Mobility Africa Summit (EMA Summit) will be taking place at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, 6-7 February 2014. The agenda is packed with industry speakers and geared to connect attendees with both the early adopters, and the developers of Enterprise Mobility (EM) technology. Keynote speakers at the summit are set to cover hot topics such as Alistair Fairweather, CTO of the Mail and Guardian, speaking about customer-facing applications and customer-driven mobility projects. As Fairweather was responsible for launching the first paid iPad edition of a weekly newspaper in South Africa, he will be speaking about the potential...

  • Empire Communications targets youth, rural areas to propel Zim’s IT sector

    Zimbabwe isn't the easiest place when it comes to starting out a business. According to the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business index it ranks 170 out of 183 -- to say doing business there is tough would be an understatement. This is why a company like Empire Communications -- a public relations and communications agency -- is brave. Empire Communications, founded and owned by Tawanda Chitiyo, wants to facilitate content management and provide "new media tools" for Zimbabwean entrepreneurs, to help put them on the world's radar. In an interview with TechMoran, Chitiyo revealed his plans to create...

  • Konga to host screening of ‘Crocodile in the Yangtze (The Alibaba Story)’

    Konga believes that 2014 will be a promising and rewarding year for the Nigerian technology and business ecosystems, not only because there will be growth, but because these sectors will provide solutions to Nigerians at large. In an effort to inspire, and kick off 2014 in style, Nigerian ecommerce site Konga, in collaboration with Porter Erisman, are hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary Crocodile in the Yangtze (The Alibaba story), taking place at the Ozone Cinemas, Yaba Lagos on 14 January. The film follows the remarkable story of China's ecommerce giant, Alibaba, from its humble beginnings back when internet...

  • Popular ecommerce trends startups should know about [infographic]

    Thinking of opening up shop in the cloud this year, or diversifying your existing services? In an effort to shed some light on where SMEs should focus on, Bigcommerce released this infographic highlighting the top current trends where the industry is showing growth. Bigcommerce is one of the world's most popular ecommerce platforms used by small businesses. Over 50,000 online stores currently use the software, including automotive, pet care and wedding merchandise. It's interesting to note how smaller etailers are given a voice and a presence to compete with larger companies. Bridal, toy, and arts and craft stores are...