Online retailer Amazon has made its first commercial drone delivery as it seeks to revolutionise the supply chain aspect of online shopping. The delivery was made in the http://www.rmarecruit.com.au/recruitment/levitra-without-a-prescription English city of Cambridge and took 13 minutes “from click to delivery” the company says.Read More...a

Grocery store with no queues and checkouts

It sound too good to be true: a bricks-and-mortar grocery store without checkout tills or queues of customers. Yet that’s what online retailer Amazon has done in its home city of Seattle in the US. Called Amazon Go, it uses sensors to detect what shoppers have taken from the shelves and then sends a bill to their Amazon account. < href="/index.php/component/content/article?id=145:join-now&catid=97">Read More...a
While sales in South Africa’s online retail market will hit a predicted R9-billion in 2016, double the level of only three years earlier, it is a boom that rests heavily on optimising retailer-to-consumer logistics and efficient, on-time delivery. Online retailers, many of whom are still unprofitable despite the increase in business, are competing in a market where the bar is being lifted constantly and new players continue to enter the market. An effective supply chain strategy is therefore vital to keep costs down and provide a point of competitive advantage. < href="/index.php/component/content/article?id=145:join-now&catid=97">Read More...a
South African e-commerce shoppers are snapping up shoes, electronics and buy prednisone without a prescription homeware gifts, according to The Foschini Group (TFG), which has named these as the best sellers among its seven online stores. ‘Business Day’ newspaper quotes TFG executive Brent Curry as saying: “Footwear and electronics tend to be easy online purchases because people trust and know the viagra best buy brand and they don’t really have to touch and feel the product. Gifting, because it can be placed online and delivered the next day, is excelling as a category.” Read More...

World’s biggest online shopping day

Online shopping recorded its biggest-ever sales day yesterday (11 November) as Chinese consumers spent US$14,3-billion in 24 hours during an event known as Singles Day. Of that total, US$9,8-billion in purchases were made via mobile devices. Singles Day is a celebration for single people and is held on the 11th day of the 11th month because the number ‘1’ indicates a single person. To mark the day, young single Chinese will hold parties and best prices for levitra only today gatherings designed to help them meet new friends or romantic partners. It has now become highly commercialised, with e-commerce retail giants such as Alibaba and JD.com competing to sell a wide range of goods to the country’s estimated 668-million Internet users. Read More...

South African Internet users increasingly want to shop online, with 22% of people saying they have already made online purchases and a further 48% saying they expect to do so in future.

Among the biggest barriers, though, is concern about whether the items ordered will be ‘as described’ and the security of online payments. These concerns are particularly relevant to online consumers considering doing cross-border shopping.

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Retail giant Makro has unveiled its first ‘pick-up locker’ concept in South Africa, enabling items ordered by customers online to be collected out-of-hours at selected McDonald’s fast food outlets and Sasol petrol stations. The strategy, which is already being used in some international markets, aims to assist clients who can’t get to stores during normal operating hours and are also unavailable to accept home deliveries

Makro’s new service is currently in the test phase and has been rolled out at five Gauteng locations thus far, with several more to follow in the next few weeks. Orders are available in the lockers within 48 hours of online purchase and customers open their specific locker by entering an SMS code on a touch screen interface on the front of the locker.

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A growing African middle class and help buy online pharmacy viagra young population are creating a demand for products that store-based retail cannot meet due to a lack of shopping malls and gridlocked cities. As a result, e-commerce is on the rise on the continent and its future looks promising.

This is according to Bernadette Kissane, a London-based analyst at international market intelligence firm Euromonitor. She says development has been most notable in Nigeria, where a surge in telecommunications investment and smartphone purchases has fuelled the growth of the Internet.

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South Africa's burgeoning e-commerce era means that consumers are no longer shopping entirely online or offline. Rather, they taking a blended approach and using whatever channel best suits their needs.

This is one of the key findings released last week as part of the Nielsen Future of Grocery Report. It is based on research that polled 30 000 online respondents in 60 countries to understand how digital technology will shape the retail landscape of the future.

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Company executives need to be aware of three critical factors when it comes how consumer boycotts may play out, says new international research on the subject.

Writing for the Canadian-based Network for Business Sustainability, an organisation of global academic experts and business leaders aiming to improve the sustainability of business, Professor N. Craig Smith of Insead Business School notes that one of the key lessons from the research is that “anyboycott, no matter how illogically conceived or badly executed, can wreak long-term havoc on a company’s reputation – even if it does not hit short-term sales”.

Smith says the following are the key factors company executives must be aware of when facing consumer boycotts.

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