Ecommerce News South Africa (17)

MallforAfrica Launches Dedicated eCommerce eBay Web Site

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Dedicated website - MallforAfrica is an e-commerce platform that allows Africans to buy online internationally.

African e-commerce platform MallforAfrica (MFA) has announced the launch of a new dedicated website for eBay shoppers in Africa.

Available in Nigeria and Kenya, before a role out to other African countries, the website ebayforafrica.com see the online site extend its relationship with eBay for the benefit of customers in Africa, allowing them to access tens of millions of eBay.com listings directly from the site.

Announcing the renewed partnership with U.S. online e-commerce giant eBay, MallforAfrica CEO Chris Folayan expressed his delight at being able to offer African online shoppers unprecedented access to millions more products.

“We are thrilled to expand our relationship with eBay,” said Folayan, according to an eBay statement.

“Thus far, they have been a tremendous partner and we look forward to continuing our association. Most importantly, we are excited to be able to offer millions of products to customers who are dedicated to shopping online,” he added.

Founded in 2011, MallforAfrica enables Africans to purchase products from more than 200 U.S. and British online retailers through their e-commerce platform, staying true to their slogan, “shop global, pickup local”.

MallforAfrica and eBay began their partnership in 2016 with the launch of the eBay ‘Powered by Mall For Africa’ app in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa, according to Tech Crunch.
Dedicated website for Africa eBay shoppers

The new dedicated website will present African consumers with a transparent combined price that will include the price of the product, international shipping, handling, taxes and fees, allowing the buyer to understand exactly what the final sum for their online purchase will be.

Source By Peter Pedroncelli Published:- See more at: www.afkinsider.com

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E-commerce Trends South Africa in 2017

E-commerce, as a global trend in its own right, is set to increase in popularity and consumer uptake in South Africa this year. This is as a result of a number of supporting trends, from greater variety offered by e-tailers, to the evolution of tech offerings – such as shopping apps – and the profile and behaviour of shoppers themselves.

This is according to Kevin Tucker, founder of PriceCheck – Africa’s largest product discovery and comparison service. Tucker notes that while there is already a lot of variety available online, more brick and mortar stores are joining-in. “This has been greatly enabled by umbrella platforms such as PriceCheck Marketplace which is a perfect solution for retailers to move into the e-tailer space.”

Tucker highlights the top five global e-commerce trends set to take off locally in 2017:

International online retail sale days:

International online sale days such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday are massively popular and profitable e-commerce opportunities and present South African e-tailers with the chance to reach more consumers (who are actively looking to make purchases) than they normally would. This trend really has great potential locally, particularly if retailers form partnerships or cross-channel agreements with each other. For example, an electronics retailer could join forces with a gaming retailer to form better deals, reach more potential customers and move more stock.

Faster delivery turn around:

What has been a hurdle in the local context, due to the unreliable nature of the South African postal service, delivery in South Africa through various providers and couriers has improved over the last few years. This improvement is likely to continue with delivery methods taking priority for businesses looking to stand out in the local e-commerce sector.

Variety:

A major influencer of local e-commerce growth in 2017, the increase in variety of product offerings online, e-tailers and the presence of online marketplace platforms is likely to continue.

While South African consumers have been able to make online purchases for everything from tickets for live shows to their Friday night take-aways, the variety of product and supplier options will continue to rise alongside the establishment of platforms such as PriceCheck Marketplace which provides brick and mortar stores with a reliable avenue to enter the e-commerce space.

Customer behaviour evolution:

As e-commerce offerings increase with the inclusion of brick and mortar stores and their products, which may not have traditionally been sold online, South African consumers will continue to become more aware of the safety and convenience of online shopping and will become more inclined to turn to e-commerce platforms for everyday convenience purchases – moving beyond current trends which fall more towards fashion and electronics.

Mobile at centre stage:

The use of mobile devices – and smartphones in particular – within the e-commerce space is a major consideration for organisations in terms of ensuring mobile-friendly online display settings, opportunities in developing mobile applications and introducing new payment options.

While the majority of mobile online shopping transactions tend to take place on desktops, shopping apps which are easy and convenient to use on mobile devices are likely to increase in popularity in South Africa this year.

Likewise, with increasing interest of local banks to improve their online payment systems, new payment options may further simplify e-commerce websites and the way online shopping is done.

Tucker says, “As mobile penetration continues to increase rapidly, as it has in the past decade, Africa’s current contribution to global e-commerce sales is set to rise exponentially.”

“It is important to note that South Africa, as one of the most significant e-commerce contributors on the continent, is likely to take the lead in next level e-commerce adoption with sales expected to increase by around 40% over the next 10 years as consumers continue to shift their purchasing behaviour to increasingly favour the convenience of online platforms.”

“Staying up-to-date with the latest e-commerce trends and innovations in 2017 will benefit both customers and retailers by providing an optimal user experience as well as giving brands a better understanding of their client base,” he concludes.

Source: By Kevin Tucker, founder of PriceCheck

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New Online Store for ‘Uzwelo Bags’

EXPAND a Sign recently launched the Uzwelo Bags initiative that sees thousands of metres of their waste textile fabric donated to sewing teams from underprivileged backgrounds to make unique South African bags (laptop bags, luggage suitcase covers, school backpacks, shopper bags.)
These sewing teams can earn a living that puts food on the table for their families, funds education and provides dignity and upliftment for their communities on a long-term basis.

“We have been delighted by people­’s response for the Uzwelo bags and this increase in interest led us to create an online e-commerce webshop. Designed by our partners, Lifetime Media, the online store has a clean design, simple ordering process and is mobile friendly,” says Kirsty Fonzari, Expand a Sign brand manager.

A key philosophy behind the Uzwelo Bags initiative challenges individuals to focus on what they can do to effect positive change in South Africa. “The online store provides accessibility for everybody to be a part of that change by allowing them to purchase their own, unique Uzwelo Bag, and in turn, uplift a community.
“Uzwelo delivers nationwide and people can either pay manually via EFT or via the PayFast payment gateway using a debit or credit card,” adds Kirsty.

Source by Kalisha Naicker

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