Woolworths has launched free Wi-Fi in 85 stores across South Africa, with additional connections set to launch by early 2018.
This comes as customers move to online and mobile shopping platforms.
Woolworths has seen double-digit growth in its online sales since the start of the holiday period, with over 50% of ecommerce purchases through mobile.
Woolworths has also launched its first dedicated warehouse to provide the storage and delivery of products purchased online.
Woolworths said it has seen online sales in items such as swimwear, beach accessories, table settings, beauty products, kids clothing, summer dresses, and men’s shorts increase dramatically.
Online sales of items such as bread, milk, meat, along with gifting items, have increased exponentially.
Woolworths said the following stores are included in the Wi-Fi roll-out:
Canal Walk, Cavendish, Sandton, EastGate, Gardens, Hyde Park, King Williamstown, Kwaggafontein, Lephalale, Mall of Africa, Melrose Arch, Walmer Park (PE), Waterston’s, Woodmead, Paarl, Piet Retief, Somerset Mall, V&A, Klerksdorp, Tubatsi Crossing, Soneike, Mvusuludzo Mall, N1 City, Mdantsane Mall, Langeberg Mall, Constantia, Musgrave (DBN), The Grove (PTA), Vincent Park (EL), and Hemingways (EL). Also includes Country Road and Ternary stores in Sandton, Brooklyn, and Gateway.
Shoppers must complete a one-time registration using their email address and cell number to access the networks, after which they will receive two hours of free access per day.