South Africa is the 35th largest market for eCommerce with a revenue of US$3 billion in 2019, placing it ahead of New Zealand and behind Nigeria.
With an increase of 14%, the South African eCommerce market contributed to the worldwide growth rate of 13% in 2019. Revenues for eCommerce continue to increase. New markets are emerging, and existing markets also have the potential for further development. Global growth will continue over the next few years
However, online selling isn’t just limited to established brands and retail giants like Amazon; ordinary people can start their own e-commerce shops from the comfort of their homes.
Starting an e-commerce site is easier than ever before with options that are:
Affordable: There are many ways to start a new e-commerce shop with little to no overhead
Easy: Sometimes you don’t even have to have your own product; some e-commerce shops work thanks to drop shipping
Options: Whether you’re a tech expert or total newbie, there’s an e-commerce platform out there that caters to you
If you’re in the initial planning stages of putting up your e-commerce site, temper yourself to avoid picking a design before deciding on the essential types of e-commerce features you’ll need to incorporate. Some of these features are already built into certain e-commerce platforms, while others may need to be custom-built.
Regardless of how you plan to incorporate them, here are the essential types of e-commerce features you need to be successful online.