18 March 2013

CROWDSOURCING: Biggest vs Most Exciting eCommerce player in South Africa

eCommerce is an interesting space to keep an eye on in South Africa. There's plenty of VC flowing into the sector, which tells me they're on a 3-10 year plan to start turning around what has previously been known as a "tough sell".

In eCommerce, we're still absolutely dominated by airline ticket sales. From what I remember, 2012 was about R9 billion in airline tickets and R2 billion in "other" eCommerce. Still... when was the last time you bought an airline ticket from a travel agent? That's what the VC's are betting on. The culture will spread, like it has in other digitally empowered nations.

I asked on Twitter who people thought were the biggest vs most exciting in the South African eCommerce space. Answers were interesting.

BIGGEST eCOMMERCE PLAYER IN SOUTH AFRICA (crowd voted):

  • Kalahari.net (6 votes)
  • TakeALot (3 votes)
  • Woolworths (2 votes)
  • iTunes SA
  • Pick 'n Pay
  • Bid or Buy
  • Groupon South Africa
  • Zando
  • Kulula
  • Amazon
  • Mr Price

MOST INTERESTING eCOMMERCE PLAYER IN SOUTH AFRICA (crowd voted):
  • Yuppie Chef (4 votes)
  • CityMob (4 votes)
  • TakeALot (4 votes)
  • NicSocks
  • Daily Dish
  • Dion Wired
  • Incredible Connection
  • TravelGround
  • LekkeSlaap
  • Zando
  • Go Gifting
  • Ormsdirect
  • SA Camera
  • PrintWild
  • Safari Now
  • One Day Only
  • 5 Rooms

Are there any gaps? Essentially, we've crowdsourced a little hit list of interesting players to research in the eCommerce space. Nicely done lads and lasses.

3 comments:

  1. You've missed Ormsdirect and sacamera... both amazing service
    Also love Printwild

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  2. Thanks Jeanette - added them in!

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  3. OneDayOnly is another candidate for most interesting. They're the only "Daily Deal" email I get.

    Also, Mr Price? I heard they don't have very many registered users though. Exciting to see other random online stores pop up, got shown this one yesterday: http://www.5rooms.com/

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