Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

Fresh in a Box caves into customers demand. Finally releases app

One of the most recognisable local eCommerce brands, Fresh in a Box now has a mobile application. Interestingly, the Founder of Fresh in a Box Kuda Musasiwa has always been vocal about not having an app so I was pleasantly surprised when I heard the startup now had an app. I reached out to Kuda […]

Rainbow banking on eCommerce app to turn them into “tech-driven” tourism group

Rainbow Tourism Group (RTG) recently published financial results for the year ended at 31 December 2019. The financial results offer an interesting look at the company’s financials, COVID-19’s impact and the role of RTGs Super App – Gateway Stream. I won’t focus on the financials and other things in the repor. For that go here. […]

Munch Zim redesigns its food delivery app and adds more services

I’ve used the Munch app once or twice but the user interface has always rubbed me the wrong way. It seems that’s something they knew (or maybe they didn’t) and after the most recent update – the application has seen a design overhaul. The new design is much much cleaner than the old design – […]

Is ZimPost focusing on the wrong eCommerce opportunity?

ZimPost is an interesting organisation. Particularly because they are in a transitional period where one revenue model (mail) is dying rapidly whilst another opportunity presents itself (eCommerce). With less and less people sending letters, ZimPost has to find a way to turn the eCommerce opportunity into revenue fast. Year Volume of letters 2017 4,889,497 2018 […]

Amazon fined for dealing with sanctioned countries including Zimbabwe

On the 8th of July, the US Department of Treasury issued a statement to the effect that the Office of Foreign Assets Control had reached a settlement with Amazon. Amazon agreed to pay US$134 523 “for apparent violations of multiple OFAC sanctions programs”. What exactly did Amazon do? Amazon unintentionally delivered goods to sanctioned people […]

Schweppes Zim Now Selling Their Products Online

COVID-19 has forced many business and customers alike to embrace the internet for selling and purchasing of products. Schweppes is one of those companies that have made the plunge and their website now has an eCommerce section allowing interested parties to buy online and get their loot directly delivered to them. Before we talk about […]

eCommerce in the Pandemic

“We were very surprised by the appetite of consumers for products that are sometimes expensive. We were very surprised that we could find a way to make the deliveries happen. A lot more positive than negative things were happening. I’m very bullish about e-commerce in Africa because what is unique in this continent is you […]

Paynow Introduces Donations Widget To Make Local Crowdfunding Easier

Yesterday, Paynow announced the launch of its donation widget which will help companies/organisations to raise funds for worthy causes in a seamless manner. Paynow says the crowdfunding button that will be intergrateable on websites and social media pages will offer the following benefits: It will allow for fund collection in both local and international currency; […]

Facebook Targeting Small Business With Launch Of Shops Service

Yesterday Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of Shops – a service that will allow businesses to display and sell products on the social media network. At launch Shops will be integrated across Facebook and Instagram meaning a shop owner can manage his or her inventory on both social media platforms from one place. […]

Global eCommerce Sales Hit $25.6 Trillion According To Latest Estimates

E-commerce sales hit $25.6 trillion globally in 2018, up 8% from 2017, according to the latest available estimates released today by the UN’s trade and development body, UNCTAD, at the start of its UNCTAD eWeek event. According to the UNCTAD analysis, the estimated 2018 e-commerce sales value, which includes business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) sales, was equivalent […]

Fresh In A Box Partners With Battle Of The Chefs’ Joseph Bunga To Deliver Pizza At Your Doorstep

Fresh In A Box has set their sights on a new target – fast food. Yesterday, Fresh In A Box & Joseph Bunga know for his local hit reality TV show Battle of The Chefs – launched Joey’s Pizza and managed to deliver to 130 homes – no small feat! The website itself looks and […]

Facebook Invests US$5.7 Billion In Indian Telecoms Company

Tech companies have an interesting relationship with India. The country’s cheap data has meant that for smartphone manufacturers – getting their devices in the hands of as many Indians as possible has always been a priority. For social media and messaging companies, this cheap data has meant many Indians can utilise their applications unlike in […]

Interested In Discounts When Shopping Locally? Done Deals Wants To Provide Plenty Of Those

Done Deals Zimbabwe, a start-up based in Harare, has announced the launch of what they are terming “Zimbabwe’s first discounts and promotions e-commerce platform”. The website, as its name implies, features carefully curated deals and promotional offers from leading brands across the country. The concept is simple: Save money on health and beauty, retail, travel, […]

Fresh In A Box CEO Details Struggles Of Overnight Exponential Growth Brought About By COVID-19

We already know that COIVD-19 has led to exponential growth for some startups. Zoom Meetings grew from 10 million meeting participants a day in December to 200 million in March. Whilst those are incredible numbers and overall a great success for any startup, anyone who runs a business will know that exponential growth of that […]

You Can Now Order Groceries From Gain Cash & Carry On WhatsApp

Coronavirus’ impact will be hard-hitting globally but that’s not to say there isn’t an opportunity in the midst of all the chaos. One of the clearer opportunities we believe might come about as a result of the virus; is the advent of eCommerce in Zimbabwe. Whilst eCommerce has been around for a while now, it […]

ZIMRA Looking Into Taxing Income Received On Platforms Like Airbnb

ZIMRA’s Commissioner-General Faith Mazani today at the FINGAZ Tax Review Meeting shared the Revenue Authority’s plans to start taxing income received on online platform’s like Airbnb. ZIMRA is currently learning and seeing how best they can do this: With the digital age upon us, as ZIMRA we are catching up with learning, knowledge management and […]

FBC Insurance Launches Instant 3rd Party Insurance Product, Yako

FBC Insurance Company has announced the launch of “yako” which they are positioning as “an innovative, game-changing and fully digital third party insurance service which will change the face of insurance in Zimbabwe.” Yako which is now available on the market, allows vehicle owners to purchase an instant third party insurance service for private cars, […]

Creators, Multiply Your Income By Expanding Your Product’s Reach

Are you a creator? – perhaps you do sculpting, you’re a musician, an author, you’re designer, you sell designer T-Shirts, you sew extravagant clothes, you’re a designer, online tutor, game developer etc. Well, I have good news for people like you. Through Gumroad, you could reach more audiences and earn more from your creations. One […]

[Video] 4 Ways To Buy Any Airtime Using EcoCash

This is a guide on how to buy airtime for any network using EcoCash. Techzim is offering the service on 4 platforms. Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Techzim Market App and Techzim Market Website. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code […]

Bulawayo Startup Publishes Zim Logistics Ecosystem Report

Access to information in Zimbabwe is generally a tall order. Businesses such as Techzim were born out of wanting to fill that gap and when startups contribute to solving this problem, we are delighted. Thumeza – a logistics startup we’ve talked about at length– has done just that. They’ve published their 1st “Snapshot of the […]

Application Window For Shopify’s 2020 Internship Program Open

[Image Source: Shopify] Commerce platform Shopify hosts a yearly Internship Program and applications for the 2020 Shopify Summer Internship are now open. We scrolled through some of the most FAQs regarding the internship to share what those interested in applying may want to know. Who’s eligible? Anyone and everyone: SInternships at Shopify are open to […]

POTRAZ DG Says eCommerce Will Turn Fortunes Of Postal Services Around

Postal services in Zimbabwe have seen a significant decline in usage and relevance over the past few years with the latest POTRAZ Q3 2019 report hammering that point further down. Postal & courier volumes declined by 25% from Q2 to Q3 this year. Domestic postal letters decreased by 23.1% from 790 016 to 607 273 […]

How To Buy From OK’s Online Store

OK Zimbabwe launched their eCommerce store and whilst its not in a perfect state right now, they launched a guide on how to effectively make purchases on their online store: Sign up for an account or log into your account Search for the product you want When you find the product state the quantities that […]

OK Zim Now Has An eCommerce Store

At the beginning of 2019, Spar launched an eCommerce store and whilst its taken OK 9 months to start competing with Spar on the web as they do on the ground, the retail giant has now launched their own eCommerce store. OK’s eCommerce store allows buyers to browse through OK’s catalogue of products. Surprisingly the […]

WhatsApp Business Launches A Catalogue Feature For Small Businesses

WhatsApp has launched a catalogue feature for small businesses, allowing business owners to create a mobile storefront that shows off the products or services they have available. Catalogues are accessible via a business’s profile page and users can scroll through the different products to see a description and price. This will cut out the need […]

UN General Assembly To Honour 7 Women Digital Entrepreneurs From Developing Countries

Geneva, 20 September 2019 – Five successful women entrepreneurs who have broken new digital ground and created wealth and employment in various developing countries will be unveiled on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York next week. They will join world leaders as they review the progress made in […]

This Service Allows You To ‘Google’ (Search) For Local Products & Services On Internet Using WhatsApp Bundles

Yesterday we talked about a WhatsApp service you can use as a business directory. Well, today, we’ve come back with yet another WhatsApp based service called Mobié that allows you to to look for products and services via WhatsApp. The service was developed by the same start-up behind Cashbot, Cash Ledger and Ecoledger. As the […]

4 (Lucrative) Businesses Happening Entirely On WhatsApp In Zimbabwe

The widespread use of WhatsApp in Zimbabweans has inspired some people with an irrepressible entreprenurial spirit to come up with some businesses that are done entirely on the messaging app. By “entirely”, I’m talking about businesses that are intiated and completed on WhatsApp without people ever meeting in person. Logically, these type of businesses involve […]

Fresh In A Box Adds Voice Search & Other Features To Their Website

Fresh In A Box (FIAB) has added some interesting functionality to their website – voice search. The new feature allows buyers to search more effectively throughout the FIAB e-commerce platform. Considering that the platform no longer sells agriculture produce and has extended to health, beauty, laundry, and alcohol among other things having a variety of […]

Cassava Announces Features To Come To Sasai In 2019 & 2020: Ads & More Coming

Last night, Cassava Smartech “officially” launched their social payments chat app – Sasai (though people had already been downloading the app). One of the major complaints I’ve seen from most regarding Sasai has been concerning just how raw the application is right now. At the launch event, Cassava Smartech officials acknowledged that the product is […]