South African retail giant Pick n Pay said on Tuesday that it is acquiring on-demand online grocery service Bottles.
Having long lagged behind much of the world in terms of e-commerce, South African retailers have been doing a roaring trade online as consumers shy away from shops during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Everything is digital now. Going digital was only a discussion point for many businesses but now it’s the only reality.”
Pick n Pay said on Friday that it is introducing scan-and-pay technology at till points nationwide so customers don’t have to touch point-of-sale terminals during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Shoprite Group, which owns Shoprite and Checkers retail stores, is introducing the ability for customers to make payments using QR codes in an effort to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In the midst of the Covid-19 lockdown, supermarket giant Pick n Pay is upping the ante in South Africa’s online retail game by launching a same-day grocery delivery service in partnership with Bottles.
Retailer Checkers has launched Sixty60, a new e-commerce app offering free grocery deliveries to consumers within 60 minutes of purchase.
Shoprite Group is launching standalone technology stores called K’nect that will offer consumers access to services such as global money transfers, cellphone purchases, bill payments, tickets and insurance.
Traditional retailers and online stores are gearing up for Black Friday, which is likely to give the South African retail sector a pre-Christmas boost. Black Friday originated in the US and is the Friday after the American Thanksgiving when retailers sell their merchandise
First National Bank has added shopping coupons from Shoprite Checkers to its smartphone banking app. The deal allows FNB customers to access in-store savings at the point of