About 2 months ago, in line with the new strategic direction for the company, Webdev introduced a hosted cart solution. According to the founder, Garth Drummond, the company is gradually moving away from the usual website development work that has been their work for more than 10 years now into hosted web solutions and the shopping cart is the start. The development is timed along with Zimswitch’s introduction of Vpayments, an online payment solution that makes shopping carts conveniently usable to Zimbabwe’s internet population.
A sample of such a shopping cart is Webdev’s own website: www.webdev.co.zw, which is using such a it to sell the shopping carts. If you are wondering how this is different from Webdev’s classifieds storefronts, the key difference is that a merchant gets have it on their own company web address, and can heavily customize it to suite their branding; if they want. Another key feature worth mentioning is that those merchants that already have storefronts on classifieds.co.zw will be able to import product listings to into the hosted shopping cart.
The prices of the hosted carts range from $30 a month to $900. Check details here.
Right now, ofcourse, payment option are limited to bank transfers (RTGS) and cash on delivery, both methods that haven’t had any serious traction as far as eCommerce is concerned because, well, they are not ‘online’. Webdev couldn’t say when they’ll have Zimswitch’s Vpayments live on the shopping carts only indicating it’ll be soon.
Once they get the green light, Webdev says they also have the option for byers on the classifieds site to stuff using Vpayments. The classifieds website is the biggest online classifieds in Zimbabwe and arguably one of the most successful (business-wise) web projects in in the country.