Dave Perel, Obox Themes co-founder recently announced on twitter the launch of a new local startup called QikCommerce.
Ladies and Gentlemen: Introducing QikCommerce, the quickest and easiest way to setup an online shop qikcommerce.com
— David Perel (@obox) March 15, 2012
There is no doubt that there is an upturn in e-commerce in South Africa with industry experts all agreeing that e-commerce is on the rise. Recent findings from experts including Arthur Goldstuck of World Wide Worx, Kalahari.com and the DMMA have all found that the industry is growing at a rapid rate, with more people accessing and becoming comfortable with using e-commerce websites every single day.
Internationally, 600 billion Dollars is spent every year on buying goods online with more than 80% of the Internet population having used the Internet to make a purchase. In terms of numbers that means there are 178 million online shoppers in the USA alone. Locally the e-commerce industry is also on an upward curve with a reported growth rate of 30 to 35% every year. The current total sits somewhere in the region of 2 billion South African Rand being spent per year, with 46% of online retailers claiming that they are very profitable.
Even more important is the attitude of people towards the industry with previous fears like security and credibility, a serious stumbling block. However, it seems that people’s attitudes are changing, with 44% of people claiming that e-commerce has improved their quality of life. Reasons given include saving time, having fun shopping online and causing them less stress than traditional retailers.
With 75% of people actively participating and recognising the importance of e-commerce and the role it will play in shaping SA’s future, we have to ask ourselves why e-commerce only counts for 0.4% of South Africa’s retail environment? The reason for this is because of the large barrier to entry for merchants and for customers with only 35% of customers reporting to own a credit card and very few independent e-commerce businesses who battle to compete against the heavyweights. But, times are changing and this is in part to the launch of QikCommerce.
QikCommerce, alongside its partners Obox, PriceCheck, PayU, Semantica and Internet Express, is a tool that serves a a seamless integrated e-commerce solution , which allows anyone, with any kind of shop, to get their business online and trading within a few hours, without any difficulties.
QikCommerce began when MIH IA approached Obox about an idea of creating an e-commerce platform to leverage their companies, PayU, PriceCheck and Internet Express.
Perel, explains that “We saw the business potential and felt that we were up to the challenge. Up until QikCommerce, setting up an e-commerce store could be quite a mission with the main challenges of payments and shipping. It could take forever to get those two items integrated and working. We liked the idea that we could lower that barrier. That was our aim and I believe we achieved that.”
By partnering with PayU and Internet Express, QikCommerce ensures that your credit card and shipping facilities are setup instantly which means taking 50 pages of documentation and months of delays out of the process by asking for only what is needed of you in order to go live as quickly as possible.
By using WordPress, WooCommerce and the new Obox setup wizard QikCommerce provides merchants and customers with one of the best e-commerce solutions currently available.
“Now its just a case of seeing whether our offering is appealing to the public”, says Perel.