Shoprite Enters E-commerce Market Launching Online Store


Shoprite is launching an eCommerce service for its Cash and Carry stores to streamline wholesale purchases.

The South African wholesale brand is entering the eCommerce market with a service that allows bulk-buying customers to “browse and purchase a wide range of goods at highly competitive prices through a fully automated online shopping system, with free delivery within a 50km radius,” according to a Wednesday (July 3) news release.

“In addition, the new system streamlines the purchasing and fulfillment process for Cash & Carry’s in-store traders, allowing them to log in, access customer and product information, build and fulfill orders more efficiently,” the release added.

Shoprite will accept various payment options for both online and in-store purchases, including credit and debit cards, EFT, store credit, cash upon collection, and Shoprite’s Money Market Account.

The company noted that smaller retail businesses can face many challenges, such as high transportation costs and difficulties in meeting demand within the informal sector.


Overstocking can also result in elevated costs, increased risk of theft, and cash flow issues.

“We are committed to supporting small businesses by providing innovative solutions to the specific problems these enterprises face,” Mark Cotton, head of B2B eCommerce at the Shoprite Group, said in the release.

“The new Cash & Carry digital platform provides customers with reliable and visible stock access and delivery services that eliminate the need to store excess inventory, frees up much-needed cash flow, and gives business owners more time on the shop floor to focus on their customers and business growth.”

In the U.S., small business owners expressed more optimism in May compared to earlier in the year, though they remain less optimistic than in prior years.

The report cited data from the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, which rose 0.8 points to 90.5 in May, the highest level in 2024 but still below the historical average of 98.

The index has been below that historical average for 29 consecutive months, the NFIB noted at the time.

Nate O'Hara
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