South Africa is seeing a strong push from retailers into online shopping and same-day delivery space, with the likes of Woolworths, Pick n Pay and Checkers looking to capture a slice of this growing segment.
Retailer Woolworths says it will embark on an extensive rollout of electric panel vans (EVs) in partnership with DSV and Everlectric to deliver their customers’ online purchases in Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban.
As more people become digitally literate, online shopping has become a thriving market that many South African companies intend to adopt.
Retailer Woolworths says that group online sales for the half-year financial period ending 26 December, grew by 22.4%, and contributed 13.7% to its total turnover and concession sales.
South Africa's major supermarkets have all announced their shopping deals ahead of Black Friday 2021, which falls on Friday (26 November).
An energy crisis in China, spiralling shipping costs, and Covid-19 supply chain disruptions are accelerating a shift away from Asia to focus on making products locally, say chief executives at South African retailers.