Amazon finally launched in South Africa, putting independent merchants at the forefront

After months of waiting, Amazon finally launched, providing customers in South Africa with a new online shopping experience. Customers can now discover and shop from a selection of local and international brands across 20 different product categories.

To further ensure a convenient and trusted shopping experience, offers hassle-free returns within 30 days via convenient options, including home pickup and self-drop, said the tech giant.

“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. “From today, customers can count on for a stress-free shopping experience, fast and reliable delivery, access to 3,000 pickup points, 24/7 customer support, and easy returns. Customers will also enjoy free delivery on their first order.” 

Amazon has also partnered with goGOGOgo, a South African non-profit organization, offering customers the opportunity to package eligible products in handmade gift bags. Based in Johannesburg with projects across South Africa, goGOGOgo is dedicated to building the capacity, skills, and knowledge of grandmothers, locally known as GOGOs.

“We are grateful for this wonderful opportunity to partner with Amazon to expand our reach and make a meaningful impact in promoting positive life opportunities and health outcomes for GOGOs and the children they are raising, often in difficult conditions,” said Founder of goGOGOgo, Jane Simmonds.

“Through this partnership, Amazon recognizes the importance of our cause to support these extraordinary women in the vital role they play within their families and their communities around South Africa.”

Shoppers can access the platform by either downloading the Amazon Shopping App or visiting on desktop or mobile browsers in order to buy their favourite products.

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