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Ecommerce

  • Efinity case study: how an ecommerce ‘star was born’ in 24 hours

    Like many of us, Angie Mokoena has a passion project that has great potential as a small business. What has been standing in her way is the triad of familiar reasons why more of us don’t convert our great ideas into viable start-ups -- finances, know-how and time. Last year, Angie launched an image consultancy to help others appreciate themselves and enhance their self-confidence. She is a firm believer in beauty on a budget, and that you don’t have to spend vast amounts of money to look great. With her natural flair for design and eye for detail, she hoped to...

  • ‘OpenCart’ review for startups: Is OpenCart right for you?

    OpenCart is one of the more light-weight ecommerce platforms. The system is built for ease of use, easy installation of modules and created around the Model-View-Controller (MVC) framework. The software is currently available in two different versions, legacy (1.5.6.4) and the newer 2.0.3.1. Both of these carry the same core features, but OpenCart 2 has a retooled admin interface, built-in responsive theme and added core functionality. This article will cover the newer version of OpenCart as it’s the one currently being supported and developed for. OpenCart is by far one of the easiest platforms to install. The only easier off-the-shelf solutions are VirtueMart and...

  • SureGifts makes gifting in Nigeria more personal with new site

    In March, Ventureburn reported that Nigeria’s premier gift card startup SureGifts was targeting the corporate world (they still are) with a unique bouquet of services – including a personalised way of rewarding loyal customers and hardworking employees. The startup’s unique selling point is its ability to allow gift recipients to choose what they really want, thereby putting an end to the era of unwanted gifts. Today however, the startup has upgraded its platform with the goal of making its already personal experience to become more personal. So what’s new? According to Adeoye Ojo, the co-Founder of SureGifts, the startup changed how gift...

  • Naspers reveals the true numbers behind Takealot, Kalahari merger

    In a recent Naspers Provisional report, the company has revealed its true stake in Takealot.com. Kalahari.com and Takealot.com completed their merger earlier this year, but the exact numbers behind the relationship weren't disclosed. Many however believed that Takealot had benefited most from the deal. This merger was first announced in October 2014, but got the go ahead from the Competition Commission of South Africa in January. During the February 2015 merger, Naspers acquired 46.5% interest in Takealot.com (Takealot Online). The purchase equates to a R1.2-billion acquisition. Instead of handing over cash, Takealot received 612 977 worth of Naspers N ordinary shares. The...

  • Designer marketplace Hello Pretty revamps site for mobile-friendly audience

    South African designer marketplace Hello Pretty has recently relaunched its website geared for the country's mobile-friendly designer folk. Head of strategy and social Lee Geldenhuys explains in a recent media release that the online shop receives over half of its traffic, and that a responsive site simply became a no-brainer. "We look to global ecommerce trends for inspiration, and while over a third of the site visitors are international, we’re most excited to see how South African consumers respond," explains Geldenhuys. Launched in 2012, Hello Pretty has spurred an impressive community of designers, crafters and the like. Today, it boasts over 19...

  • Konga’s bold attempt to revolutionise online payments in Nigeria

    Nigeria boasts over 80 million mobile internet users doing all kinds of stuff online. Yet, as big as the Nigerian tech landscape is, getting customers to pay online is still a major obstacle for ecommerce. Before the country's two largest online shopping companies, Jumia and Konga, launched about three years ago, several entrepreneurs tried and failed to get Nigerians to embrace ecommerce. Today, leading ecommerce stores might have also failed if not introducing its cash on delivery payment option, which is the preferred payment choice for more than 70% of online transactions. During an exclusive interview with Jonathan Doerr, the managing...

  • SnapScan rolls out pilot phase for ecommerce payments

    A South African-based mobile payment application, SnapScan, has started rolling out its test phase for ecommerce plugins. The new system will enable customers to purchase from select online stores using the SnapScan application. Up until now, SnapScan has only been available for retail outlets. The payment process is near identical to standard SnapScan usage. You proceed to the store's checkout system and select the SnapScan button for payment. You'll then be presented with a QR code to be "snapped" with the app. Once payment is complete the store and SnapScan will notify you. Rupert Sully, the head of new business at SnapScan, reiterates...

  • 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...