SARS Police arrests suspected killers of Jumia deliveryman In Rivers

Men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Rivers State on Monday arrested three suspects including a young woman for allegedly conspiring and killing a delivery agent of a popular online marketing company.

The agent was reported to have responded to an online demand by the suspects to supply mobile phones.

He, however, met his death as he was purportedly murdered by the suspects and his body dumped in a soakaway pit.

Although the suspects argued among themselves as to who actually killed the victim, the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Zaki Ahmed, said it took the cooperation of some residents of the community to nab the suspects.

“It is the effort of the security agents and the community people. Some residents in the community alerted us when they noticed suspicious movements around the area, that’s how we were able to crack this crime.

“I always say that those who commit crime live in the community and if we notice any strange movement, we should speak up. See something, say something,” the Police Commissioner said.

 

Source: Channels TV

SURVEY: Nigerians top list of online shoppers in Africa.

A recent survey has shown that Nigerians shop more online than other sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries.

According to GeoPoll, which conducted the survey on five African countries including Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya and Ghana, said though there have been significant growth in online shopping on the continent, but SSA still don’t trust e-commerce sites.

GeoPoll is the world’s largest mobile survey platform, with a network of 200 million users in Africa and Asia.

According to the survey, 66 per cent of Nigerians buy items online every few months compared with 60 per cent in South Africa and 45 per cent in Kenya.

However, at least 55 per cent of Ghanaians and 51 per cent of Ugandans have never bought anything online.

The report discovered that many of those who had tried online shopping had only tried it once.

The GeoPoll revealed that many complained of unreliability of some sites, poor delivery and the purchase process. Others felt that there is no need for online purchases as the items were readily available at their local store.

The majority of shoppers in Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda paid on delivery for items bought online. However, in South Africa, 50 per cent of shoppers preferred to pay using their debit card and a further 26 per cent use their debit card for online purchases. Cash on delivery in South Africa is also the preferred mode of payment at 20 per cent compared to mobile money.

Already, eCommerce sub-Sector in Nigeria is estimated to worth $10 billion with some 300,000 online orders expected each day. The worth is projected to hit $13 billion by 2018.

Indeed, despite the economic gloom in Nigeria, eCommerce players claimed about 20 per cent growth in traffic at the just concluded ‘Black Friday’ sales.

The Black Friday, which ran between November 23 to 29, across different eCommerce platforms including Jumia, Konga, Yudala, Spar, Dealdey, Kaymu among others in Nigeria, is usually the Friday after the American Thanksgiving, and it is one of the major shopping days of the year in the United States.

Konga, through its Yakata 2016 sales, claimed to have witnessed the company’s biggest shopping period in its four year history. The online ecommerce giant revealed that it processed 155,000 orders totaling N3.5 billion within the sales period.

Konga Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Shola Adekoya, said: “Yakata 2016 has exceeded all of our expectations in terms of sales; we had been cautiously optimistic that we would improve on last year’s period, but with the Nigerian economy as it currently is, we had been conservative with our projections. However, it seems that there are hundreds of thousands of savvy shoppers keen to make their Naira go a little bit further at the moment; hence they came to Konga to find the very best deals.

Yudala also claimed to have witnessed huge traffic on the plaftrom, stressing that within the first 12 hours of its Black Friday, it recorded a sales of about N450 million.

Speaking to The Guardian, Vice President, Yudala, Prince Nnamdi Ekeh, said people took advantage of the opportunity to shop immensely.

He pointed out that some people actually shopped ahead of the Christmas period.

Ekeh pointed out that between December 2015 and November 2016, prices of electronics rose by 60 per cent and some other items because of currency issues among others, “so people just latched on the opportunity of this Black Friday to shop ahead.”

CEO Jumia Nigeria, Juliet Anammah, said  Nigerians have not stopped buying but have instead, re-prioritised their shopping needs “and so retail stores are seeing more purchases in household items and children’s items rather than the regular impulse buying of clothing items.

According to a recent KPMG report, in seven sub-Saharan countries, e-commerce makes up one to three per cent of the gross domestic product, GDP, which is the total value of goods produced and services provided in a country annually. It is predicted to make up 10 per cent of total retail sales in key markets by 2025, with 40 per cent yearly growth over the next 10 years. The total retail economy is projected to grow rapidly, along with the population as a whole and its spending power per capita.

Jumia Nigeria Is Launching Jumia Local To Sell Made-In-Nigeria Products

Jumia Nigeria is marking Nigeria’s 56th independence day anniversary this year by introducing an online store dedicated to products made in Nigeria. They’re calling it Jumia Local and the official launch is this Saturday, October 1, 2016 .

Jumia Local is Jumia’s way of supporting local entrepreneurs and brands that manufacture or assemble their products in Nigeria. Merchants on the site will be able to sell their products on at 0% commission, and their products will be promoted through Jumia’s marketing channels (social media accounts, mobile apps, billboards, and radio).

Jumia is calling this a social responsibility initiative that’s aimed at growing the local economy. According to Bili Sule , Head of Business Development, Jumia Nigeria, “To build a sustainable and healthy ecosystem for Nigeria, we need to focus on products made in Nigeria. The change starts with each and everyone of us and Jumia will lead the way by taking the responsibility to promote our own Nation’s products.”

As expected, vendors that want to sell on Jumia Local must have their products made or assembled in Nigeria.

 

Another condition is that they have to sell online exclusively through Jumia for the first six months

Ololade Ajekigbe: Black Friday; The Nigerian Experience

Last Friday was “Black Friday.” It was hard to miss, what with the hype from retail stores about the massive discounts and promo sales that would be enjoyed on various household items, cloths and electronics which had been on for a while. I wondered what all the euphoria was all about until I googled it and discovered that it was yet another “American imported idea.” Black Friday is the day after thanksgiving, which is marked on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. The Friday following that highly significant day is seen as the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season, hence, the day is sort of set aside to mark the beginning of the shopping season towards Christmas. And so, I wondered – since we don’t celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday over here, why were we identifying with Black Friday? I couldn’t really think of any answer, save for our usual penchant for copying the Western world in almost everything regardless of its practicality over here or not.

This piece is not to suggest that the concept of Black Friday is bad. As a matter of fact, I believe consumers are the better for it. I mean, who wouldn’t like to be able to purchase otherwise expensive items at knock-off prices, thanks to the huge discounts available to buyers on a particular day or over a weekend? Several retail stores such as Macy’s, Best Buy, Kohl’s and Target in the United States offered great deals on their stock, the result of which led to customers practically braving the cold and camping outside their stores in an attempt to be one of the first in line to buy from them. In fact, matters came to a head in some stores where buyers were seen involved in plenty of pushing and shoving. as well as full blown fisticuffs that required law enforcement officers to be called in. Such is the do-or-die mentality associated with Black Friday.

Down here in Nigeria, like their Western counterparts, many stores announced before hand that there were going to be fantastic discounts on that fateful day, the online shopping platforms were not left out, particularly the very popular ones. Adverts were placed on social media sites, blogs, websites as well as on TV, Radio and Newspapers promising that it would be the biggest sales day in Nigeria’s online shopping history. The frenzy caught on really fast among internet shoppers; trust the average Nigerian not to miss out on any “awoof” offers that promises to help them retain some hard earned cash. Many waited with the impatient readiness of one who was about to participate in a 100 metres dash. I know people who ensured that they had sufficient data on their mobile devices, and scrimped on precious sleep just so they could get that particular product they had been “eyeing” online at the best bargain possible.

By midnight on Friday, many people logged on to the sites of the online shopping platforms who had promised heaven on earth by way of assuring intending shoppers of rock bottom prices in many cases. The much anticipated Black Friday had arrived. But, it arrived, only for would-be buyers to discover that many major online sites had to intention of “cooperating” with them. In many cases, the site either refused to open, or repeatedly refreshed to no end. The few people who were even “lucky” enough to be able to log in found out that the items they intended to purchase were tagged- “Sold out!” Needless to say, many Nigerians ended up frustrated about their inability to take advantage of the “great promo deals” promised.

I can remember vividly that the story wasn’t much different last year. Many Nigerian shoppers were left in the lurch by these online retail shopping sites after plenty of hype and anticipation of enjoying “huge deals” on a variety of items, these sites flatly refused to open or in some cases were found to have practically deceived the unsuspecting populace about getting certain items for next to nothing. I am not a mathematics guru, but in a situation where an item sold for N10,000 before black Friday, and ended up selling for N9,600 on Black Friday, pray tell where exactly is the “rock bottom” price or “90% discount” that has been applied here. I am not aware that Nigerian retail stores, particularly the online ones were coerced into adopting the “imported Americanism” called Black Friday. It is bad enough that we tend to feel a need to copy virtually everything that is associated with the West, but worse when we fail to implement it properly, especially when consumers are made to bear the brunt of such deceit as appears to have been the case here.

If our online retail stores had observed from last years experience that there were more orders than they anticipated which in turn resulted in their site being jammed or crashing, one would have expected that this year, a near full proof measure would have been put in place to ensure that the risk of a recurrence would be reduced to the barest minimum if somebody wasn’t trying to play smart. Perhaps, it is the notion that they will always get away with almost any wrong doing in this part of the world that emboldens them to treat consumers as they please.

This brings to the fore the need for government to set up an independent regulatory body to monitor the activities of online shopping businesses in Nigeria in order to bring some level of credibility to the sector. A functioning body where internet shoppers can not only lodge complaints when they have any issues in their dealings with e-commerce businesses, but can be assured that their grievances would be addressed professionally will go a long way in swaying conservative shoppers like me to consider online shopping as a viable and stress free mode of shopping.

In the meantime, since “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” are over now, in our usual optimistic manner, let’s hope once again that next year will usher in a better experience for online shoppers.

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