PriceCheck Tech & E-commerce Awards: Meet SA’s best
Irvine Partners - Sep 4th 2018, 13:43
The third annual PriceCheck Tech and E-commerce Awards sponsored by Criteo was held last week at Cape Town's Westin Hotel. The event brings together and recognises brands and individuals in e-commerce and technology providing outstanding consumer experiences.
The retail industry is struggling - it has been hard hit by the 1% increase in VAT this year, which comes at the same time as a general decline in the South African economy. But, this creates even greater opportunities for non-conventional retail sales platforms, such as the online sales industry.
This view was expressed strongly recently at the PriceCheck Tech and E-commerce Awards ceremony by PriceCheck CEO Kevin Tucker, who went on to highlight the developments towards a greater digital economy in South Africa. “Acknowledging the thinkers in the digital space, those who come up with new ideas and new technological solutions, is more important now than ever before.
E-commerce is a shining light in the SA economy, and it's important that we recognise the success stories and the standout achievers in our unique industry,” he explained. In addition, Tucker commented that “We're quickly moving towards digital employment, and this means that we must have a growing competitive digital economy. It’s the way of the world, and South Africa simply cannot afford to be left behind.”
It is with this in mind that PriceCheck introduced the Awards three years ago. In recent times, the PriceCheck Awards have been expanded to include companies not specifically working in the e-commerce space. The runners-up included startups and NGOs which were also recognised.
Takealot, South Africa’s largest online retailer, stole the show, winning four of this year’s Awards, including the prestigious E-commerce Service of the Year and People’s Choice Award.
This year’s annual event was held at a gala dinner at The Westin Hotel in Cape Town on 30 August, with the keynote speaker none other than author, futurist and Scenario Strategist, Clem Sunter.
2018 PriceCheck Awards winners:
Best Fintech Platform – Luno
Best Use of Tech by an NGO – OpenUp
Best Delivery/Logistics Provider – Takealot
Best Mobile Shopping Experience – Travelstart
Best Travel Booking Service – Airbnb
Best On-Demand Service – Uber
Best Niche Shopping Service – Spree
Best Small Tech/E-commerce Business – Coffee capsules direct
Best Online Classifieds Service – Property24
Best Marketplace Platform – Takealot
Best Customer Service – Capitec Bank
Employer of the Year – Pick n Pay
People’s Choice Award – Takealot
E-commerce Service of the Year – Takealot
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