A new e-commerce site has been launched in Juba, South Sudan promising to revolutionize shopping in the country.
The portal, dubbed Safarizon is set to revolutionize shopping experience among South Sudanese customers and retailers together online in a swift, hassle-free, flexible and credible shopping experience; without the restriction of distance and customers leaving the comfort zones of their homes, offices, and farms.
In the words of Safarizon’s CEO, Mohammed Hassan, The portal’s main focus is to put the power back into the hands of the South Sudanese consumer. Safarizon is achieving this by leveraging the power of the internet and through the introduction of relevant and scalable technology solutions. “the platform will not only enable convenience shopping by bringing the markets closer to the people but will also leverage the growing mobile phone and internet connectivity to provide local merchants with unlimited potential to sell their goods and products online.”
The platform will kick off intense competition in the nascent online business. This is not only beneficial to the country’s online trading whose growth has not kept up with internet connectivity and formal retailing but also to online shoppers who stand to win big from price wars. Although the formal retail penetration in South Sudan is estimated be less than 40% per cent while internet connectivity at 50 per cent, only a fraction of South Sudanese are buying products online, this is about to change with the introduction of Safarizon.
When more people get online to shop and sometime compare prices from various vendor the customer get to get benefits of selling and buying online include saving time and money. Shopping online also gives shoppers more choice and with a little effort, they can get better quality products.
According to the portal CEO, Safarizon is South Sudan’s first ever online shopping mall, launched with an aim to bringing convenient, seamless and timely shopping experience in South Sudan.
It offers different products that span various categories including Smart Phones, Computers, Clothing, Shoes, Home Appliances, Books, healthcare, Baby Products, and so much more at affordable and competitive prices.
Safarizon is set to be the first e-Commerce portal in the country because of its preferred ways of shopping as customers will enjoy online shopping because of its easiness and convenience. They are allowed to buy products or services from their home/office at any time of day or night and pay cash once the good is delivered.
E-commerce has experienced unprecedented growth in East African countries like Kenya and Uganda. The creation of new online business models such as Safaricom’s Masoko, Jumia, OLX and many others conducts most of its business on the internet. Indeed, there is little doubt that the internet has made it possible to start a global online business than it was it ever was to start a business before.
The best thing about it, is buying options that are quick, convenient and user-friendly. Because of its convenience, consumers can save their lots of time as well as money by searching their products easily and making purchasing online.