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September 27th, 2016 by


Visionary innovators, major brands and pioneers in the local e-commerce industry is what the 2016 PriceCheck Tech & E-Commerce Awards were all about. 

Voting took place over the space of a month. With the judges deliberating over the winners in each category for a further month.

The category winners were announced at a gala dinner held in Cape Town. Takealot.com scooped the Overall Winner Award as well as the People’s Choice Award. As part of a thorough judging process, the candidates for each award were selected by public nomination and were required to meet specific criteria. The list of nominees were then submitted to a panel of expert judges who selected the top three nominees per category, finally choosing a winner.

From Best Payment Service to Best Online Marketplace, the PriceCheck awards seek to recognise outstanding South African businesses and individuals within the e-commerce and technology spheres.

The Winners in Each Category Are…

  • Best Fintech Platform 2016   – wiGroup
  • Best Payment Service 2016   – SnapScan
  • Best Mobile Shopping Experience 2016 – Zando
  • Best Overall Shopping Experience 2016   – Zando
  • Best Travel Booking Service 2016   – Travelstart
  • Best On-Demand Service 2016   – Uber
  • Best Online Financial Services Platform 2016   – FNB
  • Best Small Online Business 2016  – Funky Tights          
  • Best Online Classified Platform 2016  – OLX 
  • Best Marketplace Platform 2016  – bidorbuy           
  • Best Delivery/Logistics Provider 2016   – DHL
  • Best Customer Service 2016   – takealot.com     
  • Best Black Tech/E-Commerce Entrepreneur 2016   – Aisha Pandor (SweepSouth)
  • Best Female Tech/E-Commerce Entrepreneur 2016   – Aisha Pandor (SweepSouth)
  • Employer of the Year 2016   – OneDayOnly
  • People’s Choice Award 2016   – takealot.com
  • Overall Winner 2016   – takealot.com     

Insights From the Awards

“The success of these passionate entrepreneurs, who are breaking ground within niche categories, really speaks to the importance of understanding and believing in your product,” said Kevin Tucker, founder and CEO of PriceCheck. “To gain traction in today’s online marketplace requires far more than just a product and a slick platform. It requires real passion and a willingness to put yourself out there behind your ideas.”

He also noted that one of the toughest categories this year was the Best Mobile Shopping Experience, which was awarded to the popular fashion e-tailer, Zando.

“Given that the mobile shopping experience is becoming so important, it was unsurprising that the three finalists in this category all offer a great mobile service for their customers,” says Tucker. “Major emphasis is being placed on optimising the mobile customer experience. Zando exemplifies this with various features that encourage consumers to explore and ultimately purchase online.”

The awards unveiled the emergence of niche e-commerce businesses that reflect the innovation taking place within specific sectors.

Aisha Pandor, the founder of SweepSouth, exemplifies this wave of innovation, and has applied the Uber operating model to provide domestic cleaning services in South Africa. Pandor was named the Best Female Tech/E-Commerce Entrepreneur as well as the Best Black Tech/E-Commerce Entrepreneur. She was competing with Ntuthuko Shezi, the founder of Livestock Wealth, which is a platform that essentially allows people to invest in cattle.

One of the surprise winners of the night (and evidence that niche players can succeed) was Funky Tights, which sells custom tights online. They clinched the Best Small Online Business Award, on the back of impressive growth in a short period of time.