Pargo expanding its online shopping delivery market share

New statistics from OneDayOnly show that Pargo has experienced an increase of 57% in deliveries over the last 12 months.

Pargo is a smart logistics company that makes it easy and affordable for online shops to get parcels to their clients.

The company has pickup points in almost every town in South Africa, even small ones which previously had no access to online shopping.

They also recently announced a partnership with Spar and the Lewis Group to further strengthen their already strong network.

What sets Pargo’s Click and Collect delivery apart from other delivery methods is its reach into South Africa’s rural communities where parcel delivery can be challenging and expensive.

Using the service can also be cheaper than courier services. “On OneDayOnly the Pargo option is about 7% cheaper compared to other courier services,” Oberhofer said.
Why people use Pargo

Pargo explained that many people use its service in preference of courier companies because they don’t have to be at home to wait for a courier.

“35% of the shoppers that use Pargo collect their parcels outside business hours or during the weekend,” Pargo said.

Pargo’s pickup point network encourages this by including points at popular retail outlets inside malls, convenient grocery stores, favourite corner shops, and garages with 24-hour opening hours.

The affordability and convenience of Pargo has seen the company enjoy a 95% customer satisfaction rating, it added.

Source: https://mybroadband.co.za/news/business/286786-pargo-growing-its-online-shopping-delivery-market-share.html

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Woolworths rapidly growing South African online shopping market

Customers will be able scan the barcode of products in their fridge or cupboard and add them to their online shopping cart.

Department store chain Woolworths is looking to grab a larger share of the rapidly growing online shopping market by allowing customers to order directly from its mobile app.

Traditional retailers in South Africa are increasing their investments in technology and logistics to meet the growing demand for online shopping.

Woolworths, citing a PayPal and Ipsos cross-border e-commerce report, said online shopping in South Africa is expected to grow by 19% this year, with an estimated R18 billion worth of sales projected to take place on local websites.

“Mobile is a crucial part of our digital strategy,” Woolworths Head of online, Liz Hillock said in a statement.

She added that more than 60% of traffic to Woolworths’ South African website comes from customers browsing on their mobile phones, while there has been a 64% increase in mobile transactions over the last year.

The online shopping sector in South Africa is dominated by clothing, homeware and ticket retailers. Earlier in May, furniture chain Lewis Group entered the home shopping market with the launch of an online shopping website called Inspire.

Customers will be able to use Woolworth’s upgraded app to shop, view reward points, manage financial services products, and see live stock levels, making it the only “fully integrated retail app” in the country, the company said.

Customers can also scan the barcode of products in their fridge or cupboard and add them to their online shopping cart.

Woolworths, which also has operations in Australia and New Zealand, saw a 34% increase in overall online sales in the year to the end of June, with fashion, beauty and home online sales rising 77%.

Source: Nqobile Dludla, Reuters

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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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Online shopping in South Africa is cheaper than the store

Ecommerce retailers have seen impressive growth in South Africa, growing their share of the local tech consumer goods market by 52% in 2017.

According to a study by GfK South Africa, online stores have almost doubled their share of the market since 2015, and accounted for 6.9% of total consumer spending by rand value for 2017.

Consumers who responded to GfK via a survey said they prefer shopping online to physical retailers, due to better prices and wide product selections.

Respondents also believe that the prices of tech products in online stores are generally cheaper than their retail counterparts, and – according to the data collected by GfK – they are correct.

“Across the top 100 products, online prices are an average of 4.7% cheaper,” said GfK.

“Ecommerce in South Africa is still in its infancy compared to European markets, where a quarter of technical goods spending goes through digital channels,” said GfK South Africa senior retail manager Cherelle Laubsher.

“However, growth in South Africa is strong and shows no signs of declining as bargain-seekers flock online to buy technical consumer goods like smartphones, IT, consumer electronics, and major home appliances,” she said.

Source: mybroadband.co.za

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