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TI ANALYST PERSPECTIVE

E-commerce numbers may still be relatively small, but if your customers expect to find you online, you need to be available online. See it as a cost of doing business for now if you must, but investment now should bear fruit in the medium to long term as e-commerce continues to build momentum locally.

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Gain actionable insights to grow e-commerce as a sustainable channel.

In the greater context of South African retail, e-commerce is still very small, but it is a channel experiencing significant growth. Most e-commerce ventures and business units (even the successful ones) are still losing money. However, retailers are realising that offering shoppers a way to shop online or via an app – even if unprofitable – needs to be seen as a cost of doing business, ideally with a path to profitability in the future.