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ECOMMERCE
DAY

Join South Africa's largest gathering of ecommerce
entrepreneurs, retailers and professionals on 10 March 2021
for a day of learning, innovation and growth.

ECOMMERCE
DAY

Join South Africa's largest gathering of ecommerce entrepreneurs and retailers on
10 March 2021.

10 MARCH 2021

START OR GROW AN
ECOMMERCE BUSINESS
LEARN FROM TOP
THOUGHT LEADERS
ATTEND WEBINARS
& VIRTUAL EVENTS
GET OFFERS
& DISCOUNTS
INCREASE SALES
& CUSTOMERS
PREPARE FOR
A DIGITAL FUTURE

10 MARCH
2021

START OR GROW
AN ECOMMERCE BUSINESS
LEARN FROM TOP
THOUGHT LEADERS
ATTEND WEBINARS
& VIRTUAL EVENTS
GET OFFERS
& DISCOUNTS
INCREASE SALES
& CUSTOMERS
PREPARE FOR
A DIGITAL FUTURE

EVENTS &
ACTIVITIES

Further information to follow.
Join Dropstore on 10 March from 15h00-17h00 for a Facebook Room Live and Q&A chat about dropshipping, which will be held in a room within the Dropshipping for Entrepreneurs Group on Facebook. It'll be a very interactive setting, where the audience can engage with a panel of thought leaders in online sales, online marketing and dropshipping, together with a Dropstore expert. Click here for futher information.
In this GIBS online masterclass on 10 March, you will get an understanding of how the digital economy functions together with the critical insights needed to succeed in ecommerce and digital marketing. Click here for further information.
There is a great deal of interest in how conversational AI works to deliver superior customer experiences 24/7, across channels, leveraging the vast amounts of data available. In this masterclass on 10 March 2021 from 9am - 10am, Antoine and Marius will be sharing their knowledge and expertise on the power of using conversational AI solution for your retail and ecommerce business. Click here to register.
Get upskilled on direct marketing and POPI Act for FREE – take our masterclass here.
Join uAfrica for a video podcast and fireside chat about the year 2020 in eCommerce. In this podcast, we sit down to discuss the effect of the pandemic on eCommerce in South Africa, the way that companies needed to adapt and how it will irreversibly change this industry forever. The podcast will be released here on 10 March 2021.
Mike Stopforth, digital entrepreneur and host of the popular One-Eyed Man podcast will be joined in studio on eCommerce Day, 10 March, by Ryan Bacher, co-founder and MD of NetFlorist, to uncover some of the secrets behind this remarkable business and its brand. To stand a chance to win a R1000 NetFlorist voucher, subscribe to the podcast at https://pod.link/oem, and send a question to Mike using this contact form.
The Big Five Small Business Fintech Summit is a virtual event on 10 March 2021 that will explore issues and opportunities in the business of using technology to improve the financial health and success of Africa's small, medium and micro-businesses. Click here for further information.
Join @JuliaAhlfeldt as she hosts a Twitter chat about the role of Customer Experience in Ecommerce. Be a part of the conversation and learn from industry experts about what makes a great customer journey and how to foster loyalty through great experience. Follow #EcommCXchat 3-4pm SAST on 10 March.
In this LIVE webinar on Wednesday, 10 March 2021 at 15h00, you will not only get a glimpse into how uAfrica works, but also an in-depth look into the newest features, tips and tricks to dealing with the couriers and how to maximise your experience on uAfrica. Register here to be a part of this extra special webinar.
Join Business Maverick Associate Editor Sasha Planting in conversation with Lungisa Matshoba and Justin Drennan on 10 March at 12h00 as they look at how the lockdown and Covid-19 pandemic has propelled the online industry in SA forward, how companies are coping, the pros and cons of ecommerce and the challenges that online businesses in SA and Africa are faced with. Click here to register.
There is no doubt that over the past year people have aggressively started making the shift to online retail. This begs the question, though: Are you in an ideal position to effectively leverage Google as a platform to drive and grow your online business? Join one of SA’s top Google Specialist Agencies as they explore this topic.
This free webinar on 10 March 2021 at 11h00 will unpack the most common questions around applying for business funding, and the key assessment criteria funders look at. Click here to register.
Join a free Zoom webinar from 5-7pm on 10 March where we will answer any Shopify questions and make suggestions on how you can improve your site. Email admin@ecommerceexperts.co.za for the Zoom link.
With the proliferation of ecommerce, local online retailers have been able to grow their businesses with little international competition. But with international companies now looking to enter the African market through drop shipping and other technologies, borders are going to become more porous. So how do we innovate quickly to differentiate ourselves from these international juggernauts? Link to follow.
Gain insights from some of South Africa's ecommerce thought leaders on topics such as payments, funding, logistics and platforms. Link to follow.
Join this webinar on 10 March at 14h00 where Trevor Gosling, the CEO and co-founder of Lulalend, will explain how the company addresses some of the traditional challenges that SMEs face when applying for funding, the pros and cons of running a digital lending business in SA, as well as advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. Click here to view the webinar at 14h00.
Join DHL Express on 10 March 2021 at 11:00am for our Ecommerce Day webinar to help you “Power Up Your Potential” with lucrative global ecommerce opportunities. In it, we will explore how brands can capitalise on cross-border trends, expansion strategies and key consumer behaviours to help you take your online business to the next level. Whether your brand is only selling domestically today or already have an international presence, we will walk through key steps to making sure your website is reaching its full cross-border potential. Click here to register.
Decusatio – a consulting firm focused on “Access to Finance” and “Access to markets” – invites ecommerce entrepreneurs to join their problem-solving team for a session where they unpack strategies for building real value inside a technology business. Apart from free software and online courses, we will also toast you with a bottle of champagne for the most engaged participant – just so you can celebrate your future successes. Click here to register.
Join this webinar on 10 March at 10h00 where Jonathan Smit, founder and managing director of PayFast, will share insight into the growth of the ecommerce landscape in recent times, how Covid-19 has affected the ecommerce sector, as well as future trends to watch out for. Click here to view the webinar at 10h00.
Technology is constantly improving the lives of others therefore companies need to have efficient and innovative solutions in order to stay competitive. In this webinar on 10 March 2021 from 12pm - 1pm, we will discuss how to personalise the buying experience for your customers with AI-powered solutions. Click here to register.
Join this webinar on 10 March at 16h00 where Anita Erasmus and Jaco Roux, the business manager and technical director of uAfrica, will share how Covid-19 has affected the business, as well as the impact of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement on ecommerce and the need for sustainable development within the industry. Click here to view the webinar at 16h00.
Whether you see your online store as a nice little side hustle, or your main source of income, this webinar by the bidorbuy Category Team will help you get even better at what you do online. Get top tips for succeeding online by improving your listings and communication, with topics like how to make use of product shots and great product listing advice. Click here for further information.
Join this webinar on 10 March at 12h00 where Warrick Kernes, the founder of Insaka eCommerce Academy, will share info on what led to the launch of Insaka, the ways Covid-19 has caused businesses to pivot offerings, and tips for running an online store. Click here to view the webinar at 12h00.
Join WEConnect International this International Women's Day #IWD2021 for an impactful webinar on ecommerce, led by Justin Drennan (ParcelNinja) and six women business owners from our network! Click here to register.
This workshop on 10 March at 15h00 (90 minutes) will empower you with the techniques to create a successful ecommerce journey for you and your customers. You will walk away with a better understanding of your customer's needs, the dimensions of your customer journey that need to be addressed, and how you can craft success into your journey. Click here to register in advance for this meeting.
Want to know more about building your own online store? What if you could do this for free? Join our live stream on 10 March at 14h30 SAST to find out more!
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OFFERS &
DISCOUNTS

Receive R1000 in free click credit for new shops registering on 10 March. We'll also be hosting a campaign of the top deals in SA that day. Click here to sign up.
Power your eCommerce website with the best in local hosting. Domains.co.za is offering 10% off any new Direct Admin web hosting package signups on eCommerce Day. Our hosting includes a free domain name*, free SSL Certificate, unlimited traffic, daily backups, and more. Promo Code: DA10Ecom. *Terms and conditions apply.
Apply for up to R2 000 000 in business funding with Lulalend before the end of March 2021, and your first repayment will only be due on 30 April 2021 – that’s almost 2 months of completely cost free capital. What better way to get your ecommerce business growing than by investing now, but only starting to repay when you could already be seeing a return on your investment. Apply online in only minutes. No paperwork needed, no hidden fees charged and no collateral required. If prompted, enter promo code ECOM when applying.
Sign up for a free PayFast account on 10 March 2021 using the promo code ECOMDAY and get 20% off your fees for the first 6 months*. Once you register your new PayFast account you can start accepting payments in 24 hours. PayFast integrates with over 80 shopping carts, including WooCommerce and Shopify, so that you can offer your customers a variety of popular payment methods at checkout. *Open to new accounts only, valid 10-31 March 2021.
Get a 25% discount on a sparkly new Shopify eCommerce store or a site redesign from eCommerce Experts, an official Shopify Expert in SA. Includes SEO, courier and payment integration. Contact us for further information.
Create and download professional legal contracts in 5 quick and easy steps without breaking the bank! Use your 25% discount voucher on any of our downloads at https://contracts4biz.co.za/login.html using the code SHSD102.
SchoemanLaw Inc Attorneys, Conveyancers and Notaries Public is a boutique law firm offering its clients an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset that distinguishes it from other law firms. We offer 10 min free consultations with any of our attorneys. We also offer 25% discounts on all consultations, so you can consult for R700 VAT included as opposed to R995 + VAT – book now!
Be A Better Human is an online e-learning, e-commerce platform that allows you to do short courses (less than 20 minutes) on topics that matter and help you to grow. What is more, you do good for others and our planet at the same time, a percentage of each class is donated to the linked charity. Available on online sales channels. 25% off all classes and bundles. Minimum purchase of R 115,00. Active 10 March only. SA Residents only through Shopify.
1-grid will be offering 50% off for 3 months on the medium and large DIY website builder to anyone who purchases the builder in the month of March. Use 1gridecomday as the promo code.
R500 off code (ECOMDAY2021) at Mydstore.co.za for a custom-built, ready-made dropshipping website. Valid until the 17th of March. Click here for futher information.
The global market never sleeps and neither do we! Require reliable and convenient ecommerce solutions for your courier needs? We enable a smooth integration process between e‐commerce applications and Aramex systems. Sign up for an Aramex account between 10 – 17 March 2021 and get R1500 discount off your first account. Contact us on ecommerce@aramex.com to get ahead. Or click here to open your account.
Learn more about finding your entrepreneurial passion and having the courage to stay focused and determined while you find your path to business success. Buy any entrepreneurial inspiration book by Allon Raiz and get 20% off for one day only. Use the discount code “ECOMMERCEDAY21”.
The Aramex Store-to-Door Service is perfect for your small online business start-up. Click here to follow us on our Instagram and stand a chance to win 20 Aramex Drop Box packs to ship anywhere in South Africa. To find out more visit aramex.co.za.
Receive 2 months of ShoppingFeeder's Premium package for any new signup with a promo code (ZAECOMMERCEDAY21) plus spend-match voucher of R700 for Google Ads for new Google Ads accounts that join.
On 10 March 2021 only, we’re giving away 250 SMS credits to any BulkSMS customer who takes part in this year’s Ecommerce Day. All you need to do to claim these credits is sign-up for a free account – if you don’t have one already – and send us your username via this link. Happy sending!
The Legalese Store is an ecommerce platform to make instructing a lawyer simpler. You still speak to a real lawyer and still receive a tailor-made legal service – you just do so through a few clicks of a button. Use the coupon code R34NHE5B at https://store.legalese.co.za/ for a 10% discount off all products, valid on 10 March 2021 only.
BigCommerce allows you to stay ahead of the competition with flexible, scalable ecommerce technology that evolves with you. Whether you're already selling online or not, now is the perfect time to build a strong ecommerce strategy. Get started with 1 month free to make use of our powerful, built-in tools to build a better online business. Click here for further information.
Join us on 10 March at 09h00 for a webinar on how to build your dream product by using our market leading technology stack / eco-system to get to market faster, cheaper and with less coding. Receive a free assessment of the opportunity, followed by 1/2 day virtual workshop with our fintech specialists. Click here to register.
DeanSwanepoel.com is a certified Shopify Expert specialising in new and existing Shopify Stores. To celebrate Ecommerce Day we are providing a 25% discount on all new developments as well as 25% off our Pre-Paid Service Blocks - using the code eC0mm3rc3Day25 until the end of March 2021. Find out more here. T’s & C’s apply.
This free UKZN Extended Learning online webinar provides insight into the Global Supply Chain Management programme. If you attend the webinar and would like to progress to the full programme, you will receive a 20% discount on the programme fee in 2021! Click here for further details and to secure your place!
The AMAZI Group was created with the purpose to innovate opportunities, platforms and models that champion the economic inclusion of women of colour. Receive 50% of all courses on our Virtual Knowledge Hub for the 10th of March only. Use SHEGROWS50 as the promo code.
eComplete is a fully managed end to end eCommerce solution that allows brands to succeed and scale, handling everything from click to delivery. We provide a tried and tested foundation for brands to go direct to consumer without the time, cost, and complexity that comes with going online. For eCommerce Day on 10 March, receive a free 10-hour Digital & eCommerce audit with an implementation strategy. Visit www.ecomplete.co.za for further information.
PocketAdvisor is a knowledge-rich platform that equips entrepreneurs, at any stage of business, to achieve their destined success! Programs can be completed at your own pace within 60 days, and includes a suite of resources and legal contracts, so that you can immediately implement the knowledge you have gathered. Visit https://pocketadvisor.co.za/programs/ for more information. We have maintained launch rates for all programmes until end March 2021!
The bidorbuy ecommerce webinar on 10 March will reveal the secrets of successful online selling. By listening to the webinar one lucky listener will stand a chance to win access to the full bidorbuy Meetup which will help you take your business to the next level. The Meetup covers a wide range of topics, from best listing practices to managing demanding buyers plus some industry secrets! Click here for further information.
Keep your finger on the pulse with a Flux Trend Cards subscription - a collection of informative trends that your company needs to be aware of to stay ahead of the competition. Sign up for our membership package for 6 or 12 months using the promo code - 2E8B9C71C1 - for a 20% discount. You will receive trend cards delivered straight to your inbox each week, and more premium content.
Optimise your online store to convert traffic into sales by having us analyse your store, build an easy to understand report and then having a 'one-on-one chat' with you, explaining what you're doing right and wrong. We analyse all aspects from payment gateways, product, shipping, flow etc. Click here for futher information.
From 1 March 2021, a very specialised uAfrica feature will become available for all uAfrica merchants on a paid plan. Although some already have access to this feature, it will be free for all Blue, Bronze, Silver or Gold plans on uAfrica. Keep an eye on your inboxes or our social media pages.
Further information to follow.

ADVICE
& INSIGHTS

‘An entrepreneur's guide to going digital’ is a short and snappy e-book created by xneelo and Heavy Chef. It’s everything you need to know to take your business online: from branding essentials to building your website. With expert input from some of SA’s top entrepreneurs, it’s a quick and easy must-read. Click here to download the e-book.
If you’re running an ecommerce store, you should know that good email automation can mean up to 50% more sales at 33% less cost. That’s why Peach Payments has developed Emails That Make You Money, a free guide to email automation workflows. Whether you’re starting an online shop, or looking to take your ecommerce business to the next level, this ebook will help you. Click here to download the guide.
FundingHub is creating a downloadable guide for growing an ecommerce business in South Africa, including once-off special funding deals from some of our funding partners. Sneak peek of some topics covered in our guide: idea validation, essential tools and resources, getting finance, industry growth trends. Click here for further information.
For the past two decades we’ve been in the business of messaging! From adhoc promotional campaigns to automated transactional notifications, we’ve done it all. And to help you make the most of SMS in your ecommerce store, we’ve put together a downloadable e-book crammed with practical tips, advice and use cases. Get the e-book here, or visit us at www.bulksms.com to start sending.
Understand why having easy access to funds is critical for all SMEs to grow. Our practical guide, which takes less than 10 minutes to read, answers the most common questions business owners have when it comes to business funding; Why should I apply for funding, where can SMEs secure funding, choosing the right lender and how to best apply for a business loan. Click here to download the guide.
Are you looking for relevant, easy-to-read and immediately helpful ecommerce advice? The xneelo Insights portal has expert advice that’s written for you: South African entrepreneurs. From promoting your online store to increasing profits and online branding 101, we’ve got what you need to take your business to the next level.
In our first ever PayFast Ecommerce Performance (PEP) Index, we unpack how the pandemic has accelerated local ecommerce adoption by as much as three to five years. The report consists of industry, payment and buyer data sourced from PayFast platforms over the past year, as well a survey conducted among our merchants in September 2020 that provides insight into how lockdown affected their businesses. Click here to download the report.
Bizcommunity will be publishing insights and advice from respected ecommerce thought leaders. Click here to access the content.
BMi Research’s CX Online tool takes traditional mystery shopping solutions focused on in-store evaluations a logical step further, given the accelerated penetration of ecommerce and online shopping. CX Online allows retailers to ensure an optimal customer experience by measuring the overall experience from the perspective of the online customer. Click here to access the tool.
JoziHub introduces SMMEstart, a SMME business recovery and support service accessible using Chat on WhatsApp. SMMEstart delivers essential information, interactive training, and access to recovery-oriented services and resources for micro and small businesses. Save the number +27 600 110 110 to your contacts and then text the word 'hi' in a WhatsApp message to the number. The resource is free, only the usual WhatsApp data charges apply.
Further information to follow.
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