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Ecommerce

  • PriceCheck, SnapScan team up to take ecommerce offline

    Online price comparison service PriceCheck has teamed up with mobile payments service SnapScan and ecommerce delivery outfit Pargo to bring ecommerce to those retail brochures that are the closest thing you get to actual post these days. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, shoppers will be able to browse for products from bricks and mortar retailers on PriceCheck’s mobile optimised catalogues before paying for their chosen products with SnapScan. While completing the SnapScan checkout process, instead of choosing a delivery address, shoppers will be prompted to select a Pargo collection point that is most convenient to them....

  • Building merchant-consumer trust is vital for ecommerce success

    Trust: It may be a two-way street regarding interpersonal relationships, and challenging enough to maintain between human beings. But shift this intangible quality to the digital arena, especially sites through which money changes hands, and this immediately places trust at risk of becoming exploited. When considering cybercrime​, trust between online collaborating parties is the new modern currency. So, how rich is your business in trust currency, and how can you obtain more of it? It isn’t an easy task. The anonymity of the Internet’s early days just isn’t a reality any longer, with the advent of personal and business emails,...

  • Who will win the battle of Nigeria’s online classifieds?

    First it was ecommerce with Jumia and Konga fighting neck-to-neck, then the attention went to the online marketplace space with the likes of Kaymu, this is followed by learning -- remember PrepClass, Tuteria, Tutor.ng, NearTutors. It now appears that the latest space that foreign-founded companies are eyeing in Nigeria is the classified ads. In other words, the battle to create Nigeria’s Craigslist is on. Classified ads are not entirely new in Nigeria thanks to the popularity of Craigslist in the country -- especially among the early internet savvy demographic. However, the inability of Craigslist to fully localise its platform to allow...

  • Q&A: How Kaymu is helping thousands of Nigerian SMEs move to the cloud

    Ecommerce is a big deal in Nigeria. Several SMEs are considering it as an option to reach bigger markets without expanding their office space. But the complexity of the technology behind running an efficient ecommerce platform, in addition to the high cost of marketing, make ecommerce a future pain for SMEs. But Kaymu, an online marketplace, makes it possible for SMEs to realise their ambitions. Over 40 000 SMEs in various parts of the country are already on the platform, and thousands are joining each week. I caught up with Evangeline Wiles, who's the MD of Kaymu Nigeria, recently at the...

  • 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,...