Digital marketing education portal Heavy Chef is hosting its last “Heavy Chef Session” of 2012, entitled The State Of E-Commerce featuring speakers from leading e-commerce portals Yuppiechef, Zando and Kalahari.
Wendy Tayler, Editor of the Heavychef.com website, says, “After another successful year of hosting the best digital speakers in South Africa, we’re excited to announce our penultimate event of 2012. We are ending off the year with a topic that has become increasingly relevant in South Africa this year: e-commerce.”
This December the event hosts speakers from three of the most talked about e-commerce sites in our country.
Andrew Smith, co-founder of Yuppiechef, an online kitchen tools store, will reveal Yuppiechef’s journey from a small garage project to a leading household supplier.
Head of Online Marketing at Zando, Kate Jansen, will be discussing the landscape of South African E-commerce, as well as its international investment and the prospects that it contains. Previously Jansen worked at the daily deals site, Groupon SA.
Zando.co.za, hit record mobile commerce sales over the Black Friday weekend period. Known as Black Friday internationally, it signifies the start of the festive shopping season.
In South Africa, retailers and e-tailers have already seen an influx of sales as shoppers prepare for the upcoming celebrations.
When comparing Black Friday weekend to previous weekends mobile transactions and visits scaled proportionally, Zando.co.za saw a 57% increase in sales and a 58% increase in visits, with Sunday being the best performing day out of the whole weekend. Mobile visits increased at a much higher rate than desktop visits. On Friday the 23rd of November sales went up by 114% in relation to the previous Friday’s transactions.
The top selling category was women’s footwear, with clothing specifically t-shirts, flat sandals and pumps following closely. The men’s category was not far behind with the T-shirt category performing well. Footwear was the highest grossing category overall. Top selling brands were LinX, Utopia, Zoom and Plum.
The top mobile phone device used to shop online was Blackberry, which is significant as it dominates the handset market in South Africa. MD and Co-founder Manuel Koser said, “During our TV campaign Zando.co.za saw an increase in mobile traffic of between 100-150%.” While smartphone traffic increased significantly, conversion rates on tablet devices (especially iPads) remains considerably higher than other mobile devices.
“The highest conversions are from iOS users, who generally have the biggest basket size. The capabilities of the mobile site include everything the desktop site can offer, the only differences are: simplified navigation and a design optimised for smart phones,” said Peter Allerstorfer, Managing Director and Co-founder.
MTN in Nigeria will be rolling out a new mobile TV service that will allow its subscribers to watch live TV from any data-enabled mobile device, unlike its previous service, launched in 2007, that required customers to purchase a special handset in order to make use of the service.
While in South Africa DStv offers several mobile TV services including the Walka, Drifta, Walka 7 and iDrifta for iOS, this is a first for MTN subscribers in Nigeria.
The service will offer live streaming of TV content and ‘made for mobile’ video to data-enabled handsets such as Blackberry, iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy range and tablets including the iPad and Galaxy Tab.
According to MTN Nigeria’s Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, Larry Annetts, subscribers will be able to choose between three bouquets, depending on their budget. They can subscribe to more than one Mobile TV bouquet which offers a selection of up to 20 TV channels providing a variety of content.
Currently MTN is the largest telecommunications company in Nigeria, with over 43 million subscribers.
MTN says the Mobile TV service is already active on its network but has not yet become commercially available to customers.
In an exclusive, Warner Bros. Studios provided Mashable with behind the scenes footage of arguably one of the coolest and most memorable vehicles to appear in a Hollywood action blockbuster – the Tumbler from the Batman trilogy films.
The super fast and agile Tumbler, first made an appearance in the 2005 Batman Begins after which it appeared briefly in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
So, who is behind this innovative machine? In the video below, Warner Brothers’s production team provide an inside look into the Tumbler’s conceptualization, creation and challenges.
Payment Gateway iVeri in association with Nedbank recently launched a new mobile Chip and Pin solution and allows for the processing of major credit as well as local debit cards.
The new offering is known as mPress and provides merchants with the ability to accept payments via a smartphone or tablet application. The solution also comes with a hardware device that is used for a secure PIN entry and accepts both EMV Chipped and magnetic stripe cards. Using point-to-point encryption, payment data is encrypted directly on the Chip & PIN device and is only decrypted in iVeri’s certified PCI-DSS Level One environment.
The merchant is required to download the application in the App Store, enable wireless connectivity to communicate the PIN entry to the smartphone/tablet and subsequently provides them with the ability to process a transaction.
“Transactions need to go mobile to stay relevant and meet the expectations of the market, and mobile transactions need to be Chip & Pin in order to give Regulators, Acquirers and Merchants peace of mind over the security,” said Barry Coetzee, CEO of iVeri. “With the release of mPress we can provide small, new and mobile merchants with a relevant product that meets the highest security requirements.”
Pixelated Consulting Studios is bringing the best of gaming to the Mother City with the Pixelated Gaming Xperience Expo taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from the 7th – 9th of December.
The Pixelated Gaming Xperience will feature the PGX LAN with 200 seats available for a weekend of adrenaline pumping fury, competition and fun fuelled action with prizes up for grabs throughout the weekend. With a 3 day BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) LAN, this event will translate into a gamer’s greatest experience.
Now, Bandwidth Blog are giving one reader the chance to win 2 tickets to the expo - 2 general admission tickets or 2 LAN tickets for this event -it’s your choice!
bidorbuy has launched a shopping app for Android powered mobile devices.
The launch of the new app serves to expands bidorbuy’s mobile offering, which includes its recently upgraded iPhone application, the bidorbuy mobile website for high-end devices as well as a more basic mobile website, for older devices.
Developed in partnership with Prezence Digital, the app has an attractive interface and is simple to navigate, especially for anyone already familiar with the full bidorbuy website.
“We released this application to provide an interactive and convenient shopping experience for bidorbuy users with Android devices”, says bidorbuy CEO Jaco Jonker. He points out that in the period of one year (November 2011 – November 2012), the number of people who visit bidorbuy via a cell phone, smartphone or a tablet has more than doubled, confirming that South Africans are quickly adapting to the mobile world.
The Android app in addition to the iPhone app and bidorbuy mobi site provides users with a fully optimised mobile shopping experience. While users can browse and search through more than one million items, without an account in order to place a bid or make a purchase, users do need to log in.
The original iPod touch was released five years ago as an answer to people who wanted the features of the iPhone, without the cellphone bill. Five years later and Apple still hasn’t changed the formula.
The first thing you notice when you pick up the iPod touch is how incredibly slim the body is. Dressed in anodized aluminium, the iPod touch looks slicker than ever. Apple has even released a number of colours to best suit your taste, unlike the previous generation which only came in black and white.
All the new iPod touches feature a white face except for all-black model – but the rear of the coloured models look great. On the front it’s pretty familiar – it looks kind of like an iPhone without the phone speaker - but this time it features a 4 inch screen similar to the iPhone 5.
This is also the first device to arrive in South Africa which carries the new “Lightning” connector. Lightning is Apple’s new proprietary connector which replaces the old 30 pin dock connector – which was getting a little old, despite its massive popularity across docks, cars, hifis etc. The problem is that if you have a bunch of devices which use the old connector, you will need to use converter plugs, or buy new cables to make it work with the new iPod touch – something which can quickly become very expensive.