South Africans are increasingly ready to buy their fashion online, as eBucks partners with leading online fashion retailer
Johannesburg, 1 August 2012: eBucks, FNB’s rewards programme, has announced a new spend partnership with game-changing South African online fashion retailer, ZANDO.
With the largest variety of styles from 300 local and international fashion brands available in its online store, ZANDO, eBucks’ only online fashion partner, makes it easy for South Africans to keep their wardrobes up-to-date with the latest fashions by making purchases online using their eBucks. Prices on the site are quoted in both rands and in eBucks for extra convenience.
ZANDO has become a South African success story, enjoying significant growth on a monthly basis since its launch on 23 January 2012.
“In the short time that ZANDO has been an eBucks partner, we have seen that fashion is a category in which eBucks’ members enjoy spending their eBucks,” says Jolande Duvenage, eBucks’ CEO.
Peter Allerstorfer, ZANDO’s managing director and co-founder, believes the South African market has only begun to scratch the surface of the potential for ecommerce within the fashion industry, and the company has already opened a new, bigger warehouse in Ndabeni, Western Cape.
“The biggest concern that South Africans have with purchasing fashion items online is that the item will not be the correct size, and if it is incorrect, whether they will be able to return it, and at what cost. We have eased this concern with our free delivery offering, where our drivers wait for customers to try on their purchases. If they want to return it, the customer simply hands it back to the delivery person who will return the goods to us, at no cost to the customer. Embracing online fashion shopping requires a mind shift, which we are sure will happen over time as our customers grow to appreciate the convenience and value for money that we offer,” Allerstorfer says.
Building trust boosts online sales
While fashion retailers have used the same strategy online as they did in their bricks and mortar fashion outlets, Allerstorfer believes that if retailers are going to be successful online, they need to ease consumers’ concerns about the safety of online shopping to build trust on all levels.
“South Africans have historically been slow to embrace online shopping in general, compared to the likes of seasoned online shoppers like the Americans,” he says. “This is largely due to South Africa’s low Internet penetration rate, consumers who have not yet experienced online shopping and the perception that online shopping is not secure,” he says.
However, perceptions and behaviour have started to change, making the South African market one to watch in terms of future growth in the online retail sector, he says.
Duvenage agrees, and says that eBucks has seen a significant increase in the number of members using their rewards currency to purchase items online, with a double digit increase year-on-year in its own online shop (www.eBucks.com).
“E-commerce in South Africa is definitely on the rise, and South Africans seem to be more comfortable purchasing online, especially when it comes to fashion, which has shown an upsurge in recent months,” says Duvenage.
Another way to build trust amongst customers and quell security concerns is to offer a variety of payment methods. For example, ZANDO offers customers multiple options to pay for their purchase including credit, cheque, electronic transfer, cash on delivery, PayPal and most recently, eBucks.
“Partnering with eBucks, a leading and trusted loyalty programme in South Africa, not only gives our customers more peace of mind when they pay for their fashion items, but also gives them additional payment choice and convenience,” Allerstorfer says.
“We constantly look for ways to make it easier for our members to stretch their wallets, and ZANDO’s commitment to customer service through free deliveries and returns made it a logical choice for it to be our online fashion partner,” she says.
ZANDO is a leading online fashion store offering choice and accessibility to South African consumers. With over 300+ local and international brands and 8000 styles featured online, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Enjoy incredible benefits such as free and fast delivery nationwide and immediate returns upon delivery. This secure online store has multiple payment methods to choose from (Cash on delivery, Electronic fund transfer, Credit Card, Debit Card and eBucks). To find out more information or to shop at ZANDO, visit the online store at www. zando.co.za or follow ZANDO on Facebook or on Twitter (@zando_co_za).
eBucks, First National Bank (FNB) and RMB Private Bank’s rewards programme, is acknowledged as one of South Africa’s leading loyalty programmes with some 2.6 million members. The spend to earn ratio is consistently in excess of 80% in any given month.To date, members have spent R1.9 billion worth of eBucks since the programme’s inception in October 2000; with FNB having made the largest contribution to the R2.3 billion worth of eBucks allocated to members during this period.