Executive Summary

Feb 2019
PROSPECTS
Growth reliant on rising smartphone penetration

The number of mobile internet subscriptions reached 46.9 million in 2018, up from 30.

Apps and mobile payment solutions driving growth

Growth is also being stimulated by the growing number of retailers that are launching apps and mobile-enabled websites due to increasing demand for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Apps are playing a key role in the promotion and enhancement of mobile internet retailing with consumers able to quickly and easily view products, previous orders and offers, as well as processing orders.

NFC technology points to bright future

The introduction of near-field communication (NFC) technology is another trend that is driving mobile internet retailing in South Africa. Although mobile NFC payment technology is not yet mainstream in the country, due to the requirement for complex infrastructure, this technology is increasingly being offered by retailers.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
Takealot offers mobile apps to provide convenient shopping experience

Retailers are increasingly developing mobile-compatible websites in order to encourage sales via mobile devices. For example, leading internet retailer Takealot launched iPhone and Android shopping apps during the review period.

Woolworths claims to have launched most comprehensive mobile retail app

In 2018 Woolworths launched mobile shopping through its mobile lifestyle app with it claiming that this made it the most comprehensive retail app in South Africa. With mobile users accounting for the larger share of the visitors to its website the company chose to invest in improving the mobile shopping experience.

Apparel and footwear retailers invest in mobile apps

There is expected to be strong growth in apparel and footwear mobile internet retailing over the forecast period and this is being driven by leading retailers such as Takealot, Superbalist (formerly Spree) and Asos, which all offer mobile shopping and mobile apps. The new Superbalist app offers consumers ZAR250 off their first purchase when they download the app, with the app itself offering quick and convenient browsing and purchasing options.

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HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Growth reliant on rising smartphone penetration
Apps and mobile payment solutions driving growth
NFC technology points to bright future

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Takealot offers mobile apps to provide convenient shopping experience
Woolworths claims to have launched most comprehensive mobile retail app
Apparel and footwear retailers invest in mobile apps

CHANNEL DATA

Table 1 Mobile Internet Retailing: Value 2013-2018
Table 2 Mobile Internet Retailing: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 3 Mobile Internet Retailing Forecasts: Value 2018-2023
Table 4 Mobile Internet Retailing Forecasts: % Value Growth 2018-2023

Retailing in South Africa - Industry Overview

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Weak economy restricts growth
Internet retailing continues to see double-digit growth
Pick ‘n’ Pay offers credit to support grocery spending
Fast fashion retailers growing in prominence with balance of quality and value
Economic forecast suggests only limited gains

OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

Informal retailing
Opening hours
Physical retail landscape
Cash and carry
Seasonality
Christmas
Back to School
Payments and delivery
Emerging business models

MARKET DATA

Table 5 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2013-2018
Table 6 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 7 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 8 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 9 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 10 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 11 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 12 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 13 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 14 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 15 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 16 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 17 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 18 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 19 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 20 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 21 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 22 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 23 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 24 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 25 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 26 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 27 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 28 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 29 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 30 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 31 Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 32 Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 33 Store-based Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 34 Store-based Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 35 Store-based Retailing LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 36 Non-Store Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 37 Non-Store Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 38 Grocery Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 39 Grocery Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 40 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 41 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 42 Non-Grocery Specialists GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 43 Non-Grocery Specialists GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 44 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 45 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 46 Mixed Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 47 Mixed Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 48 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 49 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 50 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2018-2023
Table 51 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 52 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 53 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 54 Forecast Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 55 Forecast Store-Based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 56 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 57 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 58 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 59 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 60 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 61 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 62 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 63 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 64 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 65 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 66 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 67 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 68 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 69 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 70 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 71 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 72 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 73 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 74 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 75 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023

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