Matching your day-to-day needs with an option that ticks all the boxes is now well within reach

Cape Town, 18 August 2022 – The face of retail changed forever during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Such was the explosion for home deliveries in South Africa that e-commerce more than doubled to R30,2-billion in 2020 compared with the R14,1-billion recorded in 2018, according to research by World Wide Worx managing director Arthur Goldstuck.

In 2022, it is estimated that the figure now stands in excess of R42 billion, even with brick-and-mortar stores reopening under normal trading conditions.

But it’s not only that more people are buying online— it’s that there’s been an entire shift in consumer behaviour as a whole.

The convenience of being able to shop from your lounge or bedroom, never having to wait in queues or deal with persistent shop assistants, simply can’t be beaten. And it goes without saying that researching and comparing prices is so much easier online, especially when others are able to share their own experiences about specific products and services.

An essential part of this process is offering different delivery options, as customers want their purchases as quickly as possible and in a way that suits them best. While home deliveries may be perfect for a stay-at-home parent or remote worker, they probably won’t be for office workers who are always on the go.

This is why choice matters.

“Customers expect convenience when shopping online. If retailers want to deliver on this convenience and broaden their market across the diverse consumer landscape of South Africa, they must offer a variety of delivery options to accommodate a variety of lifestyles,” says Lars Veul, co-founder and CEO of Pargo, a smart logistics platform that simplifies online delivery through its tech-enabled network of Pargo access points.

Big-name retailers like Edgars, Wellness Warehouse and Faithful to Nature already offer several delivery options to meet customers’ individual expectations.

One of the more popular of these is Pargo’s Click & Collect solution.

Click and Collect gives online shoppers the convenience of collecting their orders on their way.

There’s no need to wait for couriers or deal with the uncertainty of when a delivery will take place; rather, you can collect from a pickup point when you are ready.

This delivery method is particularly popular among the many South Africans who live in areas where they might not have convenient access to home delivery but have a Pargo Pickup Point nearby where they can collect their online shopping. Pargo has already partnered with more than 3 000 local stores, spaza shops and popular retail chains, including FreshStop at Caltex, Clicks and OK Foods to create a network of pickup points across South Africa. A recent addition, Silulo Ulutho Technologies, which runs internet cafes in South Africa’s townships, has also joined the network.     .

“Click & Collect is a really good option for customers who aren’t at home often because it gives them the convenience of collecting their orders when they are ready,” Veul says.

What is no longer in any doubt is that as online retail continues to grow, optionality will become ever more important. And that can only be a good thing, says Veul.

“If you allow customers to pick from a host of delivery options, they will choose the one that suits them best, meaning more happy customers, more returning customers and more sales for your business.”

About Pargo
Pargo is a Cape Town-based tech company that solves the challenges of last-mile logistics through its smart logistics platform and fulfilment solutions, which are anchored by a vast, nationwide network of thousands of Pargo Pickup Points. Pioneering Click & Collect back in 2015, Pargo continues to develop their technology and processes to make fulfilment solutions fit for the African logistics landscape, including Home Delivery, Returns and micro-warehousing. Clients that use their tech include Edgars, rain, TFG, Cape Union Mart, Clicks and HomeChoice.

Lars Veul is the CEO and co-founder of Pargo, a smart logistics platform that simplifies online delivery through its tech-enabled network of Pargo access points. Prior to starting Pargo, Lars was part of the founding team at Groupon, where he headed up the online marketplace, which exposed him to the challenges of online delivery. He is also an Alibaba eFounders fellow and is part of Endeavor.

Submitted by Transform Marketing