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  • PriceCheck CEO talks mobile buying in SA, demos the PriceCheck app [Video]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5dmKX8NqBA What is the future of mobile buying in South Africa and Africa? Andre de Wet, the CEO of PriceCheck -- arguably the most successful mobile online buying and shopping comparison app on the continent -- shares where the company is going and talks about the importance of brick-and-motor stores in online shopping in SA during this interview with Mich Atagana. This video's for you if you want to know more about SA's online buying habits. If you want to see a short demo of how the PriceCheck app works de Wet shows us how to buy a TV on the...

  • Lamudi urges further investment in emerging markets

    African Internet Holding's online real-estate startup Lamudi has responded to warnings of slow growth in emerging markets, saying that selected emerging markets remained promising locations for business investment. Founded in 2013, the real-estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a platform to find homes, land and commercial properties online. The startup covers areas such as Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria and Mexico, and has over one million monthly visitors from across around the world. In a statement, Managing Director of Lamudi West and Central Africa, Allie Morse, reacted to recent reports that suggested under-performing growth in emerging markets. He said that while certain...

  • .africa domain gets thumbs-up, set to unify regional online identity

    In an effort to create a Pan-African identity for organisations online, the .africa domain has been given the thumbs-up from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The application was lodged in March 2012 and was finally signed into being recently. The aim of this new domain is to forge a unique online space which will associate organisations, products, services and information with the continent and people of Africa as a whole. The non-profit association at the forefront of this move, dotAfrica, says that this will bring the continent together as an internet community "under one umbrella...

  • Triumph for WooCommerce as it becomes world’s most popular online shopping tool

    Research company BuiltWith uses data captured from more than a quarter of a billion websites to show us how active the global ecommerce scene is, as well as which online shopping cart tools are being used the most. Most notably, the stats indicate that the online shopping website plugin, WooCommerce, has being the most popular over the last few months. This chart below shows how the global shopping volume changed based on data from more than 100,000 participating ecommerce websites in the last five months. It comes at little surprise that December is the peak shopping season, which is followed...

  • Hellofood is now Rocket Internet’s fastest expanding venture

    From Chile to Vietnam and Poland to Kenya, online food delivery marketplace Hellofood also known as Foodpanda has spread to a massive forty countries in less than two years and is now being hailed as Rocket Internet's fastest expanding venture. This recent announcement, reaffirms the startup's aim of being a global venture. Using Hellofood, customers are able to have food delivered to their doorstep which, on the other hand, means that it helps restaurants increase sales through online and mobile platforms (iOS and Android). It also provides restaurants with a presence online as well as analytics. The German incubator,...

  • Timetoreply helps track and increase customer response time online

    Based in Cape Town, South Africa timetoreply helps sites measure how quickly they respond to customer enquiries which then helps them improve their response time. The startup has announced that the popular entrepreneur Chris Staines who's been voted among the world’s top seven entrepreneurs in 2000 by Business Week Magazine has recently invested in the company. Dane Spear started to develop timetoreply in 2012. The algorithmic software could be used by website owners to measure how fast sales agents were responding to web-generated leads or unqualified sales opportunities, and track improved contact rates over time. Put simply, it's a...

  • Kaymu Nigeria launches new schemes to improve quality and performance

    One of the most common obstacles for online shopping in Africa is fraud or the fear of fraud. To enable a system that promotes legitimacy or implementing incentives that help sellers gain the buyers' trust, online marketplace Kaymu Nigeria has recently launched its Seller Referral Scheme and Seller Pathway programmes. These enable Kaymu’s users to earn money without selling any products, sellers to increase their overall performance and the platform to improve its overall traffic as well as quality. With operations from Uzbekistan to Nigeria and the Philippines, Kaymu offers an online market service that enables businesses and individuals to...

  • Azimo closes $10m Series A fundraising deal to fuel emerging market expansion

    Azimo, the clever UK-based FinTech startup that enables international money transfers through novel ways, has closed a US$10-million Series A funding round led by Greycroft Partners. Accion’s Frontier Investments Group, e.ventures, TA Ventures, RI Digital Ventures and KRW Schindler Investments also took part in the round. The startup will use the money to accelerate its European expansion and target other key markets in North America and Asia. Emerging regions, which host an estimated two and a half billion unbanked consumers, are important growth markets for the startup. Azimo's European customers send money in increasing volumes to 192 countries, with the fastest...

  • Obami launches mobile education initiative, puts tutors in your pocket

    South African social learning platform Obami has recently announced the launch of its new mobile tutoring service, Obami Tutor. The initiative aims to help connect learners to qualified mentors using their mobile phones. The company believes that private tutoring can help solve South Africa's education system, which is ranked among the worst in the world. Traditional tutoring can help but it's incredibly expensive and can become a logistical chore -- this is where Obami's cheaper mobile option comes in handy. A group of handpicked, crowdsourced teachers underwent a gruelling recruitment and training process to ensure the utmost in tutoring quality. According to...

  • Jumia now offering budget-friendly X-touch tablet in Nigeria

    Jumia is one of Nigeria's largest online retail stores and offers a range products from women's high-heels to cheap smartphones and books. To further help prove itself as a leading electronics store, the ecommerce outfit recently announced that it will be exclusively stocking the cost-friendly yet capable X-touch tablet. The X-touch is said to be one of the best tablet brands currently available in Nigeria with specifications to fit a wide range of tablet users. The tablet is available in a range of different models with numerous functions from Wi-Fi, a long battery life and a front camera for...