Africa eCommerce Week: Africa had 21 million online shoppers in 2017

Africa had 21 million online shoppers in 2017 according to a report by UNCTAD, the United Nations body that oversees trade for development. The report notes that mobile connectivity is fueling e-commerce in countries like Madagascar, Uganda and Zambia, priming them to better engage with the digital economy. The report was released at the ongoing […]

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Carrefour Kenya partners with Jumia to sell groceries online

Majid Al Futtaim, the exclusive franchisee operator of Carrefour in 15 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has partnered with Jumia to sell groceries and household goods online starting end of December. Through this partnership, the two partners say more shoppers will now have access to a variety of Carrefour products, providing them with a shopping […]

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Expect the Jumia Black Friday 2018 to be twice as big as last year

Jumia Kenya officially unveiled its Jumia Black Friday 2018  sales event this month. The one-month event will run from 2nd to 30th November under the tagline Every Friday is Black Friday this November! Jumia has lots of expectation ahead of this year’s Black Friday. The e-commerce leader says 4 million Kenyans are expected to log […]

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Posta eyeing new partnership with Amazon

Kenya’s postal service provider the Kenya Postal Corporation of Kenya is eyeing a deal with American e-commerce company Amazon that will see it become their official logistics partner in the country. According to a report published by The Business Daily, officials from Amazon are expected to visit Kenya between October 17-19 to discuss the partnership. Speaking […]

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Hashmart, the new online retailer in town is betting big on electronics

You will agree with me that the internet has revolutionized how most of us shop. Because of the numerous advantages and benefits, more and more Kenyans these days prefer buying things online over the conventional method of going into stores on Luthuli or Moi Avenue. Kenya boasts of a number of these e-commerce sites; from […]

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E-Commerce penetration in Kenya ramping up travel

Online buying and selling of goods and services, online transactions, high mobile penetration, fast connectivity, a digital savvy population and an increased consumer spending power are among factors increasingly fueling the penetration and growth of e-commerce in Kenya. One of the sectors consequently effected by this disruption is the travel industry, in part because of […]

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Kenyan SMEs leverage e-commerce to compete with the big boys

80% of the products on online retailer platform Jumia are from accredited small businesses (SMEs), the company has revealed. This number grew by 45% in 2016 with many of these businesses, having only recently made their first ever online sale. According to Jumia Managing Director Sam Chappatte this trend has been attributed to Jumia opening […]

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Kilimall officially launches is affiliate marketing programme

E-commerce site Kilimall has officially unveiled its affiliate marketing programme. Dubbed KiliAffiliates, the program will see young people with online and social media presence earn a commission of up to 8% on various products. The program was launched in November last year on a pilot in Nairobi and according to Kilimall, it targets to create […]

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The Sharing Economy: a driver for e-commerce in Kenya and Africa.

Technologically advanced innovations and solutions are disrupting the somehow settled e-Commerce sector. According to a report by Price WaterHouse Coopers (UK), global revenues generated by the growing phenomenal that is shared economy or peer to peer (P2P) business is predicted to be worth $335bn by 2025. However, this figure is only said to represent revenues […]

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Click and Collect – the shifting internet retail in Kenya

  Internet retailing in Kenya is taking an interesting turn, customers now increasingly prefer to order an item online, collect it offline, sample it, keep it or return it on the spot. The courier industry, with a 30 percent upsurge in e-commerce shipments early this year as confirmed by industry players is arguably the biggest […]

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Travelstart secures US$40M funding from Amadeus Capital

Online Travel company Travelstart has today announced a US$40 million funding from global technology investor Amadeus Capital Partners. With the investment Travelstart also enters into a strategic partnership with Africa’s largest mobile telecommunications provider MTN. The investment is the largest of its kind on the African continent in Turkey and the Middle East. According to […]

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Jumia Nigeria appoints Mrs Juliet Anammah as New CEO

Jumia Nigeria has appointed Mrs Juliet Anammah as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Juliet is taking over from former Co-CEOs Jeremy Doutte and Nicolas Martin, who are taking the reins of Jumia Global across the 11 African countries in which the group operates. “Juliet brings strong leadership capacity and a consumer driven mindset honed from her […]

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5 Trends That Shaped Kenya’s E-Commerce Market in 2015

2015 has no doubt been an impressive year for e-commerce in Kenya as more and more consumers chose to turn to the online space for product information, price comparison and recommendations before making purchase decisions. Individuals, local and international brands that chose to launch and sell their products exclusively online in the same year announced […]

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E-commerce: Retailers should optimize supply chains to ensure customer satisfaction this festive season

The e-commerce shopping experience is increasingly becoming a popular option for consumers during the festive season. Retailers therefore need to pay careful attention to their supply chains during this period, as operations and delivery are key to client satisfaction, maximizing brand exposure and increasing revenue. Oliver Facey, Vice President of Operations for DHL Express Sub […]

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E-Commerce: Beware of potential customs charges when sending or receiving gifts internationally

In the lead up to the festive season, consumers are increasingly turning to e-commerce shopping portals instead of visiting physical stores due the convenience that these platforms offer. According to Oliver Facey, VP Operations for DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa, while local consumers are embracing the shift towards e-commerce, many are still not aware of the […]

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DHL Africa Launches pocket-sized, all-touch computers to meet increasing delivery demands

DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa has launched pocket-sized, all-touch computers that capitalize on the latest technological advancements, and ensure customers on the continent benefit from increased visibility and an enhanced experience. This according to the company is due to rise of e-commerce and increased competition which is driving the demand for real-time supply chain visibility. DHL […]

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Interview: The evolving role of E-commerce in the travel industry

The most amazing aspect of e-commerce is its ability to impact sales and marketing efforts immediately, however, the uptake of e-commerce is still on its infant stages in most African countries. The main challenge facing e-commerce in Africa is the quick adoption of mobile money. Kenya is not different, even with the country having an […]

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e-Commerce:MOBOfree launches First-of-a-Kind ID Verification program in Nigeria and Uganda

MOBOfree has today announced the launch of the first-of-a-kind ID verification program in Nigeria and Uganda in what it says is aimed at strengthening its position as Africa’s safest social marketplace for both buyers and sellers alike. The MOBOfree ID verification process is seamless and can be performed from any device. It will not require […]

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e-Commerce: MOBOfree Records Outstanding Performances in Africa

MOBOfree.com, the leading African social marketplace has announced  an increase of more than 44% in the number of registered users of MOBOfree.com in Nigeria over the past 12 months.  This increase has resulted in a 1042% increase in the number of classifieds published on MOBOfree.com in Nigeria which makes more than 500 000 active listings […]

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