While the debate over the actual size of African consumer market (or lack of) rages on, mobile commerce in Africa continues to grow across many verticals. We look at the African mobile commerce initiatives nominated for an AppsAfrica mCommerce Award 2017.
Farmart – Ghana
Farmart is an online farmer’s market that links farmers to homes and businesses in a whole new smart way. They do this by sourcing fresh local produce and groceries from farmers and deliver to homes and businesses when an order is placed on the website. Customers can shop all their fresh produce and cooking ingredients right online at the comfort of their homes and have them delivered anywhere in Accra, Tema or Kasoa by their well-trained shoppers. Farmart focuses on three main areas; Easy, timely and convenient. Users can log onto the Farmart website, select products and deliver the order within the same day and pay on delivery.
VConnect – Nigeria
VConnect helps users hire local professionals for all your service needs. From repairing a car to planning a wedding, connecting users with the best service businesses to get things done. VConnect is committed to making a meaningful impact through continuous innovation to meet the dynamic needs of SMEs and empower users by creating a system that delivers better value through easily accessible information and connections with the right service businesses.
Jumia – Nigeria
Jumia is a system of online commerce and classifieds websites and applications, it was started in Lagos in the year 2012 and since then the company has a presence across 23 African countries. Jumia’s mission is to connect African consumers and entrepreneurs to do better business together.
Mazady – Egypt
Mazady is the region’s first interactive mobile-based auction service, which offers bestselling consumer products at huge discounts reaching 70 percent off their market price. Mazady maximizes the m-commerce opportunity for operators in the Middle East and African region. Subscribers send their bids through a premium shortcode and receive live updates throughout the auction duration. The highest bid is announced to all participants at auction closing.
DressMeOutlet – Nigeria
DressMeOutlet is a foremost retailer for high-quality fashion products, health & beauty products, and home-goods. With up to 10,000 products to shop from, they retail various sophisticated styles from premium designers globally with over 40% of products manufactured within Africa.
The awards supported by Boomplay Music, Basebone, BBM, Content Connect Africa, Mobile Monday South Africa (MOMO) the Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa, providing winners with global publicity, recognition and networking with 300+ industry peers at the Awards party in Cape Town on November 6th.