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e-commerce: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:52 am
Chinese e-commerce tycoon Jack Ma has been impressed with his two-day visit to Kenya, and the Alibaba founder admits that he will be considering making investments in the country. Asia’s richest man traveled to the country on his first visit to Africa, along with a delegation of China’s richest billionaires. He was thoroughly impressed by the calibre of entrepreneur that he came across in Kenya, while the broadband infrastructure and speeds also surprised the e-commerce tycoon, so much so, that he is considering investing in the country.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:44 pm AFKI Original
While e-commerce growth in Africa continues to take place at a faster rate with each passing year, there continue to be barriers that hamper development of e-commerce on the continent. The current share of consumer e-commerce by African enterprises is below 2 percent, and has great potential. By 2018, the African e-commerce market is projected to be worth around $50 billion, from just $8 billion in 2013, according to the International Trade Centre.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:49 am
Global B2B cross-border mobile payments network, TransferTo, is working with African e-commerce platform, MallforAfrica, to offer digital payments that give online shoppers in Africa access to over 200 major e-retailers across Europe and the U.S. Founded in 2011, MallforAfrica enables Africans to purchase products from numerous international online retailers through their e-commerce platform. There are over 277 million registered mobile money accounts in Africa, far more than the number of open bank accounts, giving mobile money the potential to be a primary enabler of e-commerce payments in Africa
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:08 am
Nigerian fintech startup NetPlus has worked in partnership with global payments giant Mastercard to develop an e-commerce solution that provides the Nigerian and wider African markets with more cashless payment options. The e-commerce sector in Nigeria and most of Africa is held back by the fact that cash is still widely used, but this partnership aims to address that and make a cashless consumer culture more attainable in the region.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:44 am
Jumia, one of Africa’s fastest growing e-commerce platforms, has partnered with international credit card company Mastercard to make secure and convenient cashless e-commerce a reality in Africa. Africa’s e-commerce industry is experiencing a growth spurt in recent years, and online retailers across the continent are looking to find ways to attract new customers. Nigeria-based Jumia, one of Africa’s most popular online stores, believes that building trust and delivering a better customer experience will accelerate the growth that has been experienced thus far.
MallforAfrica Launches Dedicated Website To Give Africans Direct Access To Millions Of eBay ProductsBy Peter Pedroncelli, 6:26 am
African e-commerce platform MallforAfrica (MFA) has announced the launch of a new dedicated website for eBay shopping enthusiasts 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. African online shoppers will now have unprecedented access to millions more products.
Staff, 4:02 pm
When their Kickstarter campaign failed, a brother-sister team switched gears and ran a successful social media campaign selling Africa-inspired swimsuits online. Their swimwear prints include the Apremo-Canon pattern, a Kente design symbolic of resisting foreign domination — something Ghanaians fought beginning in the 15th century against English colonizers. The Ashanti Swimwear platform helps women in the diaspora and Africa dominate in the online e-commerce space so they can be location-independent, said British-Ghanaian Yasmeen Opare, co-founder of Ashanti Swimwear.
Dana Sanchez, 1:01 am
Local Nigerian appetites for luxury appear to be intact, despite the country’s financial hardship since crude oil prices fell off a cliff. Trendy hotspots are constantly appearing. There are rumors of a Nobu restaurant under construction. When wealthy Nigerians want a shopping spree without the airfare to London, some go to Polo Luxury, which operates luxury retail outlets across West Africa. Jennifer Obayuwana is executive director of the company founded by her father. She spoke to Forbes about the planned March launch of Polo’s luxury online shopping platform – a first of its kind in Africa.
Tom Jackson, 12:35 pm AFKI Original
Despite the hype, profitability is still an unattainable ideal for Nigerian online shopping giants Konga and Jumia. Believers say e-commerce in Africa is “absolutely a long-term play.” They expect the short- and medium-term to be challenging. Players are still working on fast and easy payments and refunds, and trouble-free deliveries and returns. “It takes a long time for consumers to become comfortable shopping online, and it’s hard and expensive to accelerate this,” a stakeholder said. Investors aren’t all put off though. The potential prizes are too great.
Dana Sanchez, 11:04 am
One of South Africa’s largest banks bought a majority stake in the team that built the country’s largest mobile payments product. Africa has the highest mobile money adoption rate in the world, but it’s hardly universal, catching on more in some countries and less in others. While banks and mobile payments startups would like to see large-scale adoption of mobile money, the reality is cash is likely to remain king in Africa — internet penetration and trust in the financial system are low on the continent.
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