Proudly South African Online Shopping Site

 With an active online shopping population of over 18 million racking up sales of R37.1 billion in 2017, South Africa’s e-commerce sector is on a massive upward trajectory.

Proudly South African is looking to grow its members’ share of this burgeoning market and is set today to launch its own online shopping site. Unambiguously Proudly South African, the site is populated exclusively with locally made goods and products, differentiating itself significantly from other sites and making a buy local choice simple for consumers.
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Together with RSAMade, Proudly South African has created an e-shopping site rsamade.co.za where anyone can make made in South Africa choices easily in the knowledge that every single item for sale on the site is made locally. Proudly South African vets and verifies local content and quality and that all the vendor companies adhere to labour and environmental legislation which is all part of the terms of Proudly South African membership.

Said Eustace Mashimbye, CEO of Proudly South African, “We had been looking for some time at establishing a commercial site for our members, and RSA Made’s existing platform and content were a great match making it logical to extend their offering exclusively to Proudly South African members. It is important now that we are in the age of the 4th industrial revolution to tap into digital shopping habits and to ensure that more locally grown, produced and manufactured goods are available to local consumers.

We know that China supplies US$15.5 billion of imports to this country and much of that is found on online shopping sites. Www.rsamade.co.za can claim to be the only truly local online shopping site for consumers. Of course, it is not restricted to SA only and we will be delighted if there is uptake from international shoppers!.”

RSA Made’s CEO Karamba Jabbie added, “We feel that we have found a perfect partner in Proudly South African – our platform already concentrated exclusively on items made here in South Africa, and so it made complete sense to us to join together with the country’s buy local advocacy campaign, whose member companies are already quality controlled for sale on the platform.

We are so excited to see the online shopping site being populated slowly but surely.

We will take our time to ensure that all products are beautifully represented to provide consumers with a truly Proudly South African online shopping experience but users can subscribe to the site to receive regular notifications as new products and special offers come online, so we are encouraging everyone to register on the site.”

The launch of the site also holds great importance for the growth and development of the country’s digital economy and push towards increased re-industrialisation and consumption of locally made products. Minister in the dti, Dr Rob Davies commented on the launch of the site and said, “Reindustrialization is a priority to growing job opportunities in the country and the accessibility of locally made products especially in this era where more and more consumers are buying their products on online platforms, this is a much needed solution.

We also have to recognize changing employment patterns and the potential this sector has in creating new employment sources. Technology has the capacity to generate many new skilled jobs, and we must look at the commercialisation of innovations such as online shopping platforms. E-commerce represents a great opportunity and I am delighted that Proudly South African has seized the day and has created a site where increased localisation is the only goal.”

The site works on the same basis as any other online shopping store, with a simple product selection and check out sequence, with door to door delivery within 48 hours within our borders. In addition, the site has a fully functioning ticketing system and local events are encouraged to use this platform for their online ticket sales.

rsamade.co.za is the first site of its kind in South Africa, a platform created not just to assist small, medium and even large local businesses to sell more, but it was also built using only South African suppliers and service providers.

Source: engineeringnews.co.za

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Secure online payment is key to South Africa’s eCommerce growth

Research indicates that online commerce is set to grow in South Africa, the speed and extent of that growth will be dependent on several factors, with payment as one of the most crucial.

Getting online payments right will play a role both in encouraging existing online shoppers to buy more, and to tempt offline shoppers online.

A key characteristic of online commerce in South Africa—and in Africa more generally—is the centrality of mobile commerce.

Research by the online fashion retailer, Spree, in 2017 indicated that the number of respondents preferring to use a mobile phone to shop had increased by 167 percent over the 2015 figure. Apps will thus power online shopping going forward, making the penetration of smartphones a critical consideration for online retailers.
Winning online payment solutions will therefore have to include mobile.

As regards payment, research from Effective Measure shows that there is overwhelming preference for either credit cards (45 percent) or debit cards (21 percent), with bank transfer the next-biggest category (20 percent).

The Effective Measure survey confirms the important of payment to online commerce. It finds that the biggest barriers to shopping online include a trusted payment solution and a better experience on the website. For online shoppers a trusted payment method was identified as a desirable improvement by 14 percent of respondents. For offline shoppers, a lack of trust in online payments was the top deterrent to shopping online (20 percent).

All indications are that South Africa’s e-commerce market is set for strong growth. But the big winners will be those online retailers who create payment solutions that inspire confidence but that also enhance the customer experience.

By Moath Ismail, VP Digital Banking for CISMEA, Gemalto


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Online shopping is on the rise in South Africa, says PayPal

Online payment gateway company PayPal says there is a growing demand by South Africans to use digital wallets as a payment method.

The company, which is targeting SA's unbanked population, supports online money transfers and serves as an electronic alternative to traditional paper methods like cheques and money orders.
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A digital wallet refers to an electronic device that allows an individual to make electronic transactions. This can include purchasing items online with a computer or using a smartphone to purchase something at a store. An individual's bank account can also be linked to the digital wallet.

As of 2016, PayPal has 600 000 users in sub-Saharan Africa.

PayPal recently released data about mobile phone usage and mobile e-commerce in SA. According to the company, online shopping is on the rise in SA.

The survey was run by Johannesburg-based research company Answered Insight. The research followed a quantitative approach where data was collected via a smart device (smartphone, tablet), PC or laptop form of an online survey.

"Our survey has shown that South Africans want to shop online via their mobile devices," says Efi Dahan, GM of PayPal for Russia, Middle East and Africa. "We found that many are already using their phone as a digital wallet, going so far as to leaving their wallets behind to do all their transactions with their phone."

It emerged that 85% of the respondents have used their mobile phones to make a purchase in the past year, and 46% said being able to shop on their mobile phones has made them buy more.

According to PayPal, 52% have said in the past month, they have left the house without their wallet at least once, preferring to do their payments with their mobile device.

The majority of South Africans would rather leave home without their wallets than leave home without their mobile devices (47% vs 53%).

Three of the top seven most used mobile apps were related to e-commerce.

"E-commerce has the potential to connect consumers to the digital global economy," says Dahan. "The data showcases a huge opportunity for South African businesses to reap rewards and grow their businesses if they embrace mobile e-commerce and provide the convenience consumers all over the world crave."

PayPal also asked respondents to rank a variety of stressful scenarios that would cause them the most anxiety. The survey results found 60% ranked losing their phone or having it stolen as a scenario that would cause them the most anxiety and worry.

This scenario tied with a home invasion for the highest response, and more South Africans are worried about having their phone stolen than getting fired from their job.

South Africans are beginning to see the benefits of online shopping, which gives them access to a large variety of goods, Dahan says.

He attributes this to an increase in mobile device penetration in SA. Mobile devices are allowing almost anyone to access the Internet.

There is also popularity with using PayPal's technologies like "One Touch", which allows users to complete purchases faster, he notes. When a user logs into PayPal, with their mobile phone or from a desktop, tablet or laptop, they can choose to stay logged in for easier, faster check-out across all eligible merchants.

He adds local retailers have upped the game regarding deploying technologies that enable online shopping.

Although many South Africans are still using feature phones, Dahan says more and more cheaper smartphones are being shipped into the country.

According to Dahan, the South African market is growing much faster than PayPal expected, thanks to mobile devices.

Source: itweb.co.za

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Acer Computers launch online store

Acer, the leading brand in consumer technology hardware, software and services in IoT globally, today announced that the company will expand its customer support by introducing its first online store in South Africa called Shop Acer.

In 2016 a staggering 58% of online adults in South Africa were shopping via e-commerce platforms and this trend will continue to increase year-on-year.

By creating Shop Acer, the company will be providing a unique online shopping destination for consumers that includes Acer’s bestselling products.

Exclusive deals and special offers will also be available from the store during peak seasons and holiday periods.

Marketing Manager at Acer Africa, Belinda Marais says, “We are delighted to finally announce that the Shop Acer store is now live.

The store will stock all Acer products available in South Africa and aims to provide our customers with an exclusive Acer experience and offer them a direct link to the brand and its services.”

Acer’s product offering includes laptops, desktops, monitors, projectors, accessories and gaming, all of which can be delivered free of charge to your door from www.shopacer.co.za.

As part of the Shop Acer launch, Acer will be offering customers exclusive deals of up to 50% off

Source: mybroadband.co.za

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South Africa's Top 10 Online Shopping Websites

New research released by Effective Measure on eCommerce in South Africa (full report available here), shows that Kalahari, Groupon and Amazon are the top 3 online retail sites from which South Africans purchased goods online.
The Effective Measure / IAB South African eCommerce report provides an overview of the South African eCommerce market.
Effective Measure Country MD South Africa, Alan Morrissey, said that South Africa’s digital citizens are very comfortable with online transactions.
They found the majority of online shopping is devoted to South African sites (84.33%).

The most visited online commerce website in South Africa is Kalahari.com, followed by Bidorbuy and Amazon.

Most popular online shopping sites in South Africa

According to the survey Kalahari is the website from which most South African purchased clothing and accessories. The second most popular shop is Amazon, followed by Groupon.
Kalahari also leads when it comes to online retail stores, followed by Amazon and PicknPay.

For electronic goods websites, Incredible Connection is the most popular, followed by HiFi Corp and Dion Wired.

 

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