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Ecommerce

  • 50 of South Africa’s top ecommerce sites

    South African ecommerce technology provider uAfrica has announced the top 50 ecommerce sites for the 2015 eCommerce Awards. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the top 50 sites were whittled down from 200 entrants, with the sites evaluated on aspects such as design, mobile functionality, checkout process, customer care and delivery, amongst others. The awards, now in their 10th year, aim to "recognise and reward those South African websites that have demonstrated excellence in their use of the Internet as a platform for commerce". Read more: uAfrica’s ecommerce awards celebrates 10th year anniversary “It is interesting to see...

  • Supermart.ng: Nigerian ecommerce industry needs more players

    Even though ecommerce platforms are springing up everywhere across Nigeria, an expert believes the country still needs more players in the indsutry. This notion is against strong concerns about the saturated nature of the ecommerce market in Nigeria with so many big players already competing for their share of the current online shopping boom. According to Raphael Afaedor, the managing director of Supermart.ng, the ecommerce market in Nigeria is not yet saturated and there is need for more entrants. Speaking on the state of the ecommerce in Nigeria, Afaedor said that it's important for each of the businesses to carve a...

  • SA’s Geek Crate delivers games, comics and merchandise to your doorstep

    Brand new startup Geek Crate based in Cape Town, South Africa, looks to bring a range of geek products to the masses. It's an idea sure to take off during the current Geek Chic trend, made popular by properties such as The Big Bang Theory and Marvel's Cinematic Universe. The company has been founded by full-time UCT students and friends, Grant Meeser and Jordan Lambis. What they lack in years of experience, the pair have in vision, foresight, and drive. The concept driving Geek Crate is very simple, and is one that we've seen before: each month customers pay a set...

  • 7 ingenious merchandising ideas for your ecommerce site

    Ecommerce conversions is a vast field of discussions with a mind-boggling variety of factors contributing to the eventual bottom line of a store. Store merchandising, or the way you display items in your online store, plays a vital role on how well your site attracts and retains shoppers’ fickle attention. Below we discuss seven winning ideas to take your store merchandising to a whole new level: Work on making your site a pleasure to browse Notice how the best stores have the most inviting layouts? Many real-world retailers resort to using mood music, special fragrances and color therapy to put shoppers in...

  • 5 lessons on Nigeria’s ecommerce space from HouseholdMax

    Last Friday, I attended the official launch of HouseholdMax Online, Nigeria’s premier domestic item ecommerce site. It was an entirely new experience for me to see a Nigerian homegrown ecommerce company launching big. It made me realise there are some serious lessons for startups and ecommerce stakeholders in the country and by extension, other parts of Africa. For those who don't know, HouseholdMax is not a conventional African ecommerce startup. It doesn't complain about having no money to spend, few investors and the usual rhetoric. Instead, it is owned by Aisha Tinubu who is the wife of Trojan Estates boss Kunle Tinubu...

  • Raru, Pargo deal lets you collect your online shopping from a store near you

    Launching only a year ago, South African ecommerce store Raru continues to add more functionality and offerings to its platform, in order to find its competitive edge. By integrating with Pargo's pick up points service, Raru clientele can now collect orders from one of over 200 stores in the country. This option, according to Raru, "is also a more cost-effective option for many regional areas, and in many cases offer convenient after hours collections." Interestingly, Pargo found that 33% of the parcels are picked up after hours. The pick up system is simple: an ecommerce store gives the parcel to Pargo,...

  • Magento, Shopify, WooCommerce: which ecommerce platform works for you?

    Online portals are a must for every business model now. Being online can bring great benefits to new business owners who want to get their hands dirty, so to speak, and offer their products to a wider audience. The decision build an online store is therefore a natural one. The really difficult part is choosing the best ecommerce platform? And if you're a non technical person, well that only makes the task more daunting. There are hundreds of solutions available for developing ecommerce sites using various platforms. However, each solution has its own distinctive features that can meet the needs of...

  • 6 tips for kickstarting your first ecommerce site

    Joining the world of electronic commerce may seem daunting if you’re running a small business, but it is easier than ever to get up-and-running with a digital storefront. And with consumers looking for online convenience, allowing them to browse, order and pay online can give your business an edge in a competitive market. Here are a few ideas on how to get started: 1. Begin with a business plan If you’re thinking about taking your business online, you should start by drawing up a business plan for your e-commerce site. Think about your value proposition and how it could translate into the...

  • PriceCheck’s Andre de Wet proves that a door-to-door salesman can make it big

    "Students all have money," said PriceCheck's Andre de Wet, who sold denim jackets while studying Medicine in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Inspired by his father, De Wet sold his first business at the age of 27. The South African entrepreneur traveled the world, worked in Singapore and London but always made his way back to his home country. He came back to a market he reckons is ripe for innovation and one that he's definitely going to take advantage of. Today, he's heading up one of South Africa's most popular mobile ecommerce companies which he's grown from four to 41 employees in...

  • uAfrica’s ecommerce awards celebrates 10th year anniversary

    South Africa's largest ecommerce competition, The South African eCommerce Awards, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Founder of the event, uAfrica (previously known as Jump Shopping) thinks this will be its biggest year yet. The awards were designed to recognise ecommerce stores that capture the public eye, give the best service, and have the best website, among a couple of other things. According to uAfrica, the event has seen year on growth with the addition of more and more entries each year. The South African eCommerce awards were introduced as part of uAfrica's South African eCommerce Conference in 2013. Andy Higgins, Managing Director...