There’s no denying the negative impact the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has had on the world and local economy as a whole, but there are silver-linings to this otherwise devastating financial climate.
Most notably, the online space has seen a huge surge in interest and growth, even more so in the categories of online food and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG).
While a number of small essential good delivery businesses are thriving during this time, even large-scale supermarkets are getting in on the popularity spike, with the likes of Pick ‘n Pay even launching a dedicated email ordering service and partnering with other logistic companies.
According to notable online retailers in South Africa, some have seen up to 700% increase in demand and traffic for their services. This level of growth is said to have expected to take 3-5 years, but with the restrictions on travel and brick-and-mortar shopping, it’s accelerated that growth dramatically.
As a result, South African companies are gearing up for greater demand and enhancing their service-levels to meet the new surge; and South African buyers are expecting international-level service from the online stores.
While finances and budget should be top of mind, if you’ve been thinking about launching a digital business or online store, it is a promising opportunity to do so. There are a lot more users now embarking into the world of online shopping and searching for new businesses and products to satisfy demand; which means new eyes and new customers. So, whether you want to launch that online t-shirt store, or sell your home-baked cookies, this is the right time to do so! But, where do you start?
Building your online store
When selecting your platform of choice to build your online store on, there’s a lot of names and confusing systems thrown around, which can often deter you more than anything. Using Digitise, South Africa’s very-own drag-and-drop web builder, CRM system, and marketing tool (which is delivered all in one package), you can create your own online store with ease.
Fleshed out with the ability to add tons of products, beautifully designed checkout processes, and full payment options, Digitise makes the daunting, complex, and often expensive task of setting up an online store an absolute breeze.
How much does it cost?
The team behind Digitise is aware that start-ups need flexibility, so when it comes to costs, there are no contracts or long-term commitments; and there are flexible pricing packages so that you can find the best option for you and your business.
The benefit of using the Digitise platform is that from the front-end of the webpage to the CRM and marketing tools in the background, your entire online toolbox is with the same provider, making the transition in the digital space a hassle-free one rather than a painstaking process of vendor selection and hunting down the right service providers.
Why not sign-up and get cracking on your business now? Check out Digitise here.