eCommerce Awards in South Africa
The Internet has provided local entrepreneurs with a platform to reach a global audience, an international client base and to thrive on a level in which they compete with the top contenders in their field… in the world. The Internet has given entrepreneurs a clean slate upon which to build their ideas, implement their plans, grow their staff and live their dreams, especially with entrepreneurship in the present day very often taking the form of an Internet-based business.
eCommerce – the buying and selling of goods and services over the Internet or a digital medium – has become a very powerful tool in entrepreneurship, especially because of the boundary-less nature of the Internet. In South Africa, eCommerce has become a very important part of doing business today – so much so that the eCommerce Awards platform was launched to reward excellence in this field. The Awards have been running since 2006, when contenders like Kalahari.net, BidorBuy.co.za, privateproperty.co.za, take2.co.za, and netflorist.co.za scooped up the prizes for their endeavours in the market.
The eCommerce Awards were designed to acknowledge the accomplishments of, and to reward, those South African based websites that have demonstrably used excellence in their design and that have utilised the Internet as an effective foundation for their eCommerce efforts. eCommerce Awards nominees will only have needed one nomination to be in line for an award, and any South African websites can be entered into the running for an award. Entry into the Awards is free.
The 2012 eCommerce Awards were successfully run for the seventh time, with nominations opening on 18 July 2012 and closing on 15 August 2012. Public voting opened on 16 August 2012 until 16 September 2012 in order to whittle down South Africa’s Top 40 websites. The Top 40 were announced on 17 September and from there, the second round of public voting took place, with the Top 20 websites named on 15 October 2012. In the interim, there was also an award for the Public’s Favourite eCommerce Website.
From the Top 20, each of the websites received a comprehensive full-scale analysis, which included an assessment of the design standards, ordering process, customer service, as well as the ease of use of the website. It was according to these standards that the winners of the 2012 eCommerce Awards were determined and announced on 15 November 2012.
In 2012, the winner of the Best eCommerce Store was Yuppiechef, with Takealot.com and Kalahari.com coming in as runners up. Group won the Best Group Buying Website and the Best Classifieds going to Property24.com. The Public’s Favourite eCommerce Website went to HomeChoice.co.za, with the runners up in this category going to Takealot.com, BidorBuy.co.za, Kalahari.com, and Zando.co.za.
Keep your eye on the press to find out the details of the 2013 eCommerce Awards so that you can nominate and vote for your favourite eCommerce websites. If you are attending an awards after-party and need to book a Johannesburg hotel Sandton would be the prime location for your stay.