As digital trends accelerate and more and more people have been encouraged to get online by the lockdown, e-commerce, as a whole, is set to continue its current boom. It’s been around of course, but today’s projections for the near-future value of e-commerce are quite phenomenal. The market is projected to be worth some $4.9 trillion in 2021, and dropshipping in South Africa is likewise growing in leaps and bounds.
For future dropshippers and those currently getting up and running, we’ve fortunately had a few years of the trend in order to iron out the wrinkles. Wannabe dropshippers who expect everything to fall into place in a morning seldom hang around for long. Everyone should by now know that business is business, no matter whether it’s a legacy, land-based store or a dropshipping enterprise. Making money in the South African business landscape requires that you spend some time and put in some effort. That said, dropshipping in South Africa is still a remarkably easy option for getting online and building up a store that has almost unlimited potential.
Dropshipping in South Africa Is Getting Easier
While our country has generally been seen as peripheral to global trends at times, online trends are universal, meaning that South Africa is no exception when it comes to dropshipping and growing online sales. A huge percentage of the population who have never shopped online have now joined the connected consumer throng. You can keep the business model of your dropshipping enterprise relatively simple, or you can optimise it with more dynamically researched products and more extensive social media and other marketing. Either way, a diverse group of people comprise online shoppers in this country, meaning there’s room for everyone to carve out a niche supply.
Dropshipping in South Africa has also benefitted from giant players who have become household names in the sphere of online sales: a big part of local growth in the sector has been people overcoming their fears around exposing their personal details online. Today’s payment gateways have become highly secure and reputable, allowing many formerly hesitant consumers to now happily transact online. An unprecedented economic standstill has also given South African dropshipping a huge push, as very often those who were yet to sample the experience of shopping online have had no real alternatives.
Dropshipping Isn’t Hard to Get Right
There are a few essential pointers for any South African dropshipping concern to note, beyond which the business model pretty much well runs itself. There are elements of customer service of course (and the wise dropshipper will ensure that their service levels are good when they’re needed, so that an organic increase in sales happens on the back of word-of-mouth) and products need to be of good quality, too. Probably due to the lack of being able to handle the products before buying, consumer insistence on “no letdowns” is at an all-time high.
Nothing hurts e-commerce like deflated consumer expectations. No matter how highly charged consumer expectations can seem at times, the smart dropshipping player in South Africa, especially, will go to some lengths to both present and back up their products in a transparent and upmarket way. It’s true to say, however, that if you provide a good product backed by caring service, you’re going to make money dropshipping.
Ecomstock – The Name Says It All
At Ecomstock, we’re experienced professionals who intimately understand the needs of both new and established dropshippers. We stock a huge range of thoroughly researched products for your e-commerce site, and we’ve taken the load of identifying, sourcing, and supplying quality goods off the business owner. We’ll assist you with quality goods and solutions at every step of your journey.
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