Amazon Storms Into South Africa: Makes Waves With Local And International Brands

Zinger Key Points
  • Amazon enters South African market, with wide variety of local and international brands
  • South Africa's e-commerce surges post-pandemic; attracts global players.

E-commerce giant Inc AMZN has launched, its online shopping service in South Africa.

Customers in South Africa will be able to shop from a selection of local and international brands across 20 different product categories.

The categories span Consumer Electronics, Sporting Equipment, Toys, Home, and small Kitchen Appliances, including international brands. offers same-day and next-day delivery, aiming at over 3,000 pickup points. Initial orders receive free delivery, with subsequent ones above 500 rand ($27) also eligible for free shipping. 

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“We are excited to launch, along with thousands of independent sellers in South Africa. We provide customers with great value, broad selection—including international and local products—and a convenient delivery experience,” said Robert Koen, managing director of Sub-Saharan Africa, Amazon.

The pandemic accelerated South Africa’s online shopping trend, prompting retailers to bolster e-commerce investments. Amazon’s entry aligns with analysts’ views of South Africa as a strategic entry point into Africa’s market, reported Reuters.

Besides Amazon, other fast-fashion e-commerce giants like Shein and Temu have also entered South Africa.

Amazon stock has gained more than 78% in the last 12 months. Investors can gain exposure to the stock via Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund XLY and Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF VCR.

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Price Action: AMZN shares are trading lower by 0.47% at $187.81 in premarket at the last check Tuesday.

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