The coronavirus has boosted South African ecommerce forward many years

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The coronavirus has boosted South African ecommerce forward many years

The coronavirus pandemic and the national lockdown have hurt many businesses, but one industry has seen tremendous growth – online food and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) .

Over the last month, there has been a surge in demand for online food and FMCG in South Africa.

Many ecommerce companies have rapidly upscaled their operations and even launched new platforms to serve this new market.
 
Imagine what it would do if they didn't ban arbitary sales.

Would be interesting. Currently big eCommerce players are facing a lot of pressure and have to keep up. After the lockdown other companies will be forced to play catch up.

If everybody is allowed to sell it may take the necessary pressure of these guys and they may resort to temporary measures instead.

Just an alternative thought.
 
Pick n Pay, for example, launched its Collect Direct email ordering service which lets customers email their shopping list to their nearest participating store for collection.

How can this possibly be an advancement? Emailing a shopping list? It's a step backwards. People shouldn't have to email shopping lists. They should be able to use the online ecommerce platform to order stuff like every other ecommerce platform.
 
How can this possibly be an advancement? Emailing a shopping list? It's a step backwards. People shouldn't have to email shopping lists. They should be able to use the online ecommerce platform to order stuff like every other ecommerce platform.
Look, if you don't have a hammer handy then one of the those old IBM keyboards will do the job...













fcking hell, as you say, emailing a shopping list is regarded as moving forward now.

The shopping platforms and logistics fulfilment have just about held together, they certainly haven't improved as a result of lockdown
 
How can this possibly be an advancement? Emailing a shopping list? It's a step backwards. People shouldn't have to email shopping lists. They should be able to use the online ecommerce platform to order stuff like every other ecommerce platform.
It's an advancement because that's how backwards eCommerce was in SA.
For example, websites show a bunch of images of products, but no way of ordering except by phone, like an online print catalogue. See we've moved forward by lightyears. :ROFL:
 
It's an advancement because that's how backwards eCommerce was in SA.
For example, websites show a bunch of images of products, but no way of ordering except by phone, like an online print catalogue. See we've moved forward by lightyears. :ROFL:
This!

The big shops at the very least should have had online shopping available years ago instead of rushing to make sure it was ready in time for the lockdown. I know we work on African time but come on, really.
 
Checkers Sixty60 is leading the way here. So simple and delivered the same day.
Ordered from Dischem and was delivered the following week.
Ordered online through Woolworths at the start of the lockdown and only received the delivery today.
 
The next thing that someone is going to come up with is a speaker system that you talk to ...... like a digital assistant with a funny name like Poppy or Cyril ........

I can just imagine it .....
"Cyril, turn on the light",
" I'm sorry Frikkie, the light is missing, probably stolen",
"Agg nee flock, Cyril, I want order a smart light please ......"
 
No... All its going to do is make e-commerce more palatable to more people... Until same day delivery in major centres is available from most players we haven't moved forward at all.
 
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