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Ecommerce

  • Nigerian online marketplace to tap into Africa’s growing arts space

    An online marketplace for art, dubbed The Art Cabal, is set to officially launch in October this year with the hope of attracting independent artists and gallery owners from around the continent's growing arts industry. Similar to US sites like Eyestorm or South African outfits, Unsung Art or Guns and Rain, The Art Cabal wants to be a platform where artists or exhibitors can leverage their presence online. According to a recent press release, many art lovers do not have the time to appreciate and hand-pick the unique roadside artwork that African artists are promoting. Read more This startup lets you buy...

  • Yuppiechef, Takealot take top spots at SA’s eCommerce Awards 2015

    South Africa's top ecommerce websites of 2015 were announced last night in Johannesburg, with major players Yuppiechef and Takealot claiming two top spots each. After filtering through approximately 200 entrants and over 90 000 votes, organiser of the 2015 eCommerce Awards, uAfrica, revealed the top 50 ecommerce players in the country back in August. Seven online shopping businesses were ultimately recognised by the eCommerce Awards, along with an Achievement Award as well as the Best Female Entrepreneur Award. “The eCommerce Awards have previously been exclusively an online event, however in 2013 and 2014 we announced the winners and runners-up at the South...

  • NetFlorist adds MasterPass wallet service to handle over 1.5k daily sales

    South African online floral and gifting service NetFlorist has partnered with MasterCard to implement its digital wallet service, called MasterPass. This would enable the company to not only handle the company's average of between 1 500 and 2 000 daily transactions, but hopefully expand its popularity. The integration is meant to offer customers a more seamless, secure online shopping checkout process, which MD Ryan Bacher describes as being very crucial to NetFlorist: Read more: Ventureburn goes behind the scenes on SA Florist’s Dragons’ Den deal Eighty-five percent of our business is via the NetFlorist website. MasterPass appeals as a payment option as...

  • Daddy’s Deals site boasts 400k subscribers, offers website space to advertisers

    South Africa's daily deals website Daddy's Deals now offers local brands the ability to advertise directly to its extensive audience of nearly half-a-million newsletter subscribers a week. At present, the offer is limited to only twelve companies per year, which means only one will be featured per month. The selected company will be provided with banners, buttons, and tabs on the Daddy's Deals website. These will appear on each and every page and will drive viewers to the main offer page of the company. In addition to the website exposure, offers will also be advertised through regular and special mailers to...

  • 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...