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All posts tagged "Zando"

  • Former Rocket Internet man tells how he cloned firms, from Cape Town to Bangkok

    Cape Town born Tauriq Brown always wanted to be an international businessman. He may claim to be an entrepreneur. But the 28-year-old former Rocket Internet employee is just one of the hundreds employed by massive venture-builder companies to clone and run companies for them. As a venture builder, Brown (pictured middle, above) has been involved in starting and running at least five ventures, on behalf of venture-builder companies Rocket Internet and Mountain Partners, which is headquartered in Switzerland. This has taken him to Nigeria, Vietnam and now to Thailand, where he is employed as managing director for 15-year old Thai lingerie company Kyra Mode. Yet he admits he still draws a...

  • uAfrica announces Kalahari, Yuppiechef, Zando among SA’s best ecommerce sites of 2014

    One of Southern Africa's leading ecommerce companies, uAfrica, today announced the winners of the six award categories highlighting the best in the online retail space at the eCommerce Awards held at the eCommerce Conference 2014. The eCommerce Conference is designed to help people keep up to date with the latest trends in ecommerce, present the best the world of ecommerce has to offer, and of course, to be able to network and share business ideas with industry colleagues. As part of this annual culmination of industry thought leaders and SME business owners, uAfrica also host the eCommerce Awards which acknowledges...

  • Zando celebrates 2nd birthday, records over 1.5-million site visits monthly

    One of South Africa's leading ecommerce stores and arguably the country's most popular online fashion shop, Zando, is today celebrating its birthday and showing off two years of impressive growth. Since launching in 2011, the Africa Internet Holding affiliate is ranked number five in the Google Zeitgeist ranking of SA brands in 2013 together with other popular local ecommerce brands such as OLX and competitor Spree. Today, Zando offers over 20 000 products online with more than 1.5-million site visits per month. Zando delivers fashion accessories directly to customers' doorsteps with secure online payment options or Cash-On-Delivery (COD) in...

  • African ecommerce set to boom this Christmas as landscape improves

    As we've seen before with Africa's ecommerce landscape, the Christmas season holds the test of time for many startups. With both Africa's consumer base and the number of local online stores growing, customers are increasingly choosing to purchase goods online. While the figures are on the increase, one of the biggest obstacles remains educating potential customers. The popularity of online shopping continues to grow in emerging markets and startups such as Konga, Jumia and Zando are indicative of this. During the Nigerian-based ecommerce startup's fall Yakata sale last month, the site "experienced a traffic surge unprecedented in Nigerian...

  • Zando gets €20 million investment boost from Summit Partners

    International growth equity investor Summit Partners is set to invest €20 million in South African online retail giant Zando. This shows a huge vote of confidence in the South African ecommerce industry. Summit, a growth equity and credit investing company, has investments in more than 350 rapidly growing businesses across North America, Europe and Asia, raising nearly US$15-billion since 1984. "We seek to invest in companies that build long-term value," said Scott Collins, managing director and head of the Summit Partners London office. "Zando has shown dynamic growth in a short period of time." This investment comes just a...

  • Zando: online fashion clone claims big successes

    When online shoe and fashion outlet Zando hit the South African market six months ago, it was clear that the local stores in the country, like the Naspers-owned Kalahari and the newly relaunched Takealot were about to get some serious competition. The company, which apes the model pioneered by US-based company Zappos, is owned by Rocket Internet, which lays claim a global ecommerce empire -- GigaOM estimates that it owns some 38 companies across 58 countries. A number of these properties follow the same model as Zando, including Zalando in Germany and the UK, Locondo in Japan, The...

  • Rocket Internet wants 5rooms to own SA furniture market

    We've mentioned online furniture sales outfit 5rooms previously. It's part of German startup incubator Rocket Internet's stable of South African ecommerce sites, but it hasn't had the same kind of exposure as the likes of shoe and fashion outlet Zando. That all looks set to change. Memeburn got its hands on site's pitch book, which claims that the company was "established to become the market leader among South African furniture retailers". It claims that its position within the Rocket Internet network, which comprises over 38 companies operating in 58 countries, will help it achieve this goal. Having several hundred million Euros...

  • Zando: The Germans are here

    Zando has hit the African continent. The ecommerce outfit has been building a presence in South Africa for the last three months. The local stores in the country, like the Naspers-owned Kalahari and the newly relaunched Takealot are about to get some serious competition. Zando is an online shoe and fashion retail outlet that apes the model pioneered by US-based company Zappos and it's been making serious waves with a massive advertising campaign in print, online, and radio. The company is owned by Rocket Internet, which lays claim a global ecommerce empire -- GigaOM estimates...

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