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Ecommerce

  • Rise of the consumer — is South Africa’s Private Shopper in the pound seat?

    Taking your business else-where can have some negative connotations, unless of course you are talking about taking it online, in which case you are possibly going to make a whole lot of money these days. That's especially true for some of the world's online shops. Ecommerce is making a big entrance all around the world. If you didn't know this, meet Instacart, a brand that has a style that resembles a stiff cocktail of companies, combining the convenience and flexibility of Uber, with a splash of Amazon and a hint of entrepreneurial intuition to make it a long island on-demand ice...

  • Why Africa’s ‘largest retailer’ Jumia calls itself a startup

    In February, I put Nigeria’s two leading ecommerce giants Jumia Nigeria and Konga to the test. The results showed some concerns about the quality of customer care and order tracking services being offered by Jumia. Last Thursday, on the sideline of a major event held at the Main Auditorium of the University of Lagos, I spoke to Jonathan Doerr who's the managing director of Jumia Nigeria on the company that he describes as the largest ecommerce platform in Africa -- and the continent’s largest retailer. Even though many Africans see Jumia as a very big ecommerce company that is competing...

  • Stockbox is your subscription delivery site for household essentials

    In the South African market we constantly see the rise and fall of different online shopping ventures. Some of these businesses use proven cookie-cutter methods of trying to replicate the success of others, while a select few take a more unique approach. Stockbox focuses on the latter approach by trying not just a standard click-to-buy model, but a service as well. Founded by Ryan Egnos, Stefano Sessa and Donovan Schönknecht, Stockbox is the new kid on the block, having only launched a few weeks prior. Since then, several design changes have been implemented, new functionality added, and it is all the more better...

  • Wootware’s Rory Magee on growing ecommerce success in oversaturated market

    Starting an ecommerce store in South Africa is a difficult undertaking; making it a success is a far more daunting challenge. Wootware is an online PC store that, despite a difficult and saturated market, has continued to thrive. Since its launch in 2009, the store has continued to grow during a recession and unstable market, which is no short feat. We sat down with Rory Magee (pictured above), the founder of Wootware, to find out a bit about the store's success and his take on the South African ecommerce market. Ventureburn: Tell us about Wootware? Rory Magee: We are an enthusiast-focused computer consumer...

  • Loyalty payments on the rise for SA ecommerce, according to survey

    PayU, a leading online payment provider in South Africa, has released some interesting data from a recent study about South African's online payment habits. The study reveals that more South African online shoppers are using loyalty payments. According to Mustpha Zaouini, CEO of PayU, credit cards are still the first choice for online payments, with loyalty and EFT options gaining steady growth. The EFT statistic is especially interesting considering consumers were hesitant to use credit card for online payments only a few years ago. An increase in loyalty points accumulation and spending could point to a rise in overall expenditure. Several...

  • 5 things to look at when entering ecommerce in SA

    Ecommerce in South Africa is new and exciting. Even though we have had an online market for over a decade, more and more people are finding opportunities within the digital space. With technology and mobile payment progressing the market is still new. There are niche stores, food stores, mass stores, and even retail stores looking at the online game. The cold hard truth about ecommerce is that it does not consist of installing a website, sitting back and watching the money roll in. That is a misconception and one that needs to be squashed. Starting your own store in cyberspace...

  • Raru director Waine Smith weighs in on South Africa’s ecommerce industry

    Since its launch last year, Raru has become a go-to name in the South African ecommerce market. Headed up by ex-founders of Take2, they have put their knowledge to use and grown the new store into one of the largest in South Africa. On Thursday, Ventureburn sat down with the director of Raru, Waine Smith. We spoke about Raru’s growth and success, his take (excuse the take puns) on the Takealot & Kalahari merger, and where the South African ecommerce industry in heading towards. Ventureburn: How much has Raru grown since its launch last year and has it met your expectations? Waine Smith: It’s...

  • Shopstar celebrates anniversary with over 2600 online stores registered

    South African ecommerce builder Shopstar is celebrating its second birthday. Since launching in May 2013, the company has achieved a variety of impressive milestones. Apart from being chosen as one of VC firm Knife Capital's accelerated startups for Grindstone 2015, Shopstar today boasts over 2 600 clients, with a combined revenue of R10-million last year. These range from big creative brands to small design startups. "At Shopstar our focus is not to just blindly develop technology. As our client base grows we are spending more and more time looking at how our merchants operate in the physical and virtual space," explains...

  • African online sellers to get logistics upgrade, more jobs

    This week, Nigeria’s two largest marketplaces, Jumia and Kaymu, announced a fulfillment and delivery platform joint initiative for Africa. Their goal is to provide online sellers in Africa with a system to deliver their products and create jobs. The joint initiative is called Africa Internet Group (AIG) Express. AIG itself provides easy-to-use services and solutions across the African internet market and are part of Africa's startup ecosystem. Indrek Heinloo, who is leading the initiative, says a larger delivery network needs to be put in place of Africa. We’re currently delivering up to 100,000 packages a day for Jumia and Kaymu, and we...

  • Is South Africa ready for its Instacart moment?

    Getting home after a long day, you put your keys and bag down, kick your feet up, get comfortable and ease into you couch. Welcome home. Turn on the TV and last night's channel is still on, an amazing cooking show. "F**k, I forgot to pick up supper on the way home!" Behold the hero of this story: Instacart. Simply go onto your smartphone, log onto the website, enter your area, do your online shopping -- and within the hour, your supper will be waiting for you at your door. How? Well it's pretty ingenious to be honest: with a mix...