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Jeff Bezos Now Richest Man In The World Thanks to Amazon’s Stellar Performance

Amazon is and continues to solidify its position as the biggest e-commerce company in the world. They posted third quarter results which exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue grew by about a third year on year to $43.7 billion, which includes the $1.3 billion contribution from new acquisition Whole Foods. Not counting the $1.3 billion, revenue grew by […]


No Relatives Coming to Zimbabwe from the US? You can Still Shop Online and Get Your Item Delivered!

Online shopping like everything else in life, has its pros and cons. Pros in this case would be having to skip on the moving around part and just getting to the buying, hence all the other advantages that come with that such as saving time and increased efficiency. The cons on the other hand may […]


Christmas shopping at Gearbest

Sometimes I feel like Zimbabweans have lost their Christmas spirit. It could be the multiple economic disasters we have had to endure but somehow Christmas today has a perfunctory feel to it. The joy of Christmas somehow got left behind with all those merry perfection soap ads. Blast from the past Back when I was […]


Black Friday is here, you might be interested in this…

For those who still have some means of making international payments, here’s something for you. By the way, Black Friday is the day which is regarded as the first official date of Christmas shopping. It comes on the day after Thanksgiving (an American holiday celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November). Anyway, here’s the catch: […]


Buy, Sell or Deliver goods on Cabbana, a local online store

Online stores now make sense in Zimbabwe. Apart from the increased internet penetration; we, because of the cash crisis, have been forced to ‘grow up’ fast. Amongst other epayment options, mobile money e.g EcoCash came into the scene and made online payments simpler and doable. You’ll also notice that there has been a rise in […]


The World’s Biggest Sale Is Upon Us Again – 11.11 Global Shopping Festival

The last time Techzim wrote about AliExpress was exactly a year ago when the annual 11.11 Sale was on. Boy, what 12 months in Zimbabwe can do to you… Back then, it wasn’t so hard to click around on AliExpress’ website, add a bunch of stuff to your shopping cart and then whip out your […]


Instapay to be down for 3 days due to a systems upgrade

In case you missed this: Dear Valued Client, As part of our commitment to providing better and more efficient services, we are pleased to inform you that we are upgrading Instapay. Due to this scheduled system upgrade the service will be down from 31 October to 2 November 2017. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience […]


Let’s take a look at types of investors

In this segment we look at the types of investors. Are you an analytic or a fundamental investor? What IS a fundamental or an analytic investor? Let’s find out! Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your […]


How to shop safely on BE FORWARD (beforward) Avoid scams and fraud!

So you have decided it is time to buy yourself a well deserved car and you have made BE FORWARD the site of choice. You have heard a lot of satisfied BE FORWARD customers narrate their success stories but you have also heard of those that were scammed. Let us discuss what you need to […]


Receive Money in Zimbabwe From The Diaspora in USD with BitMari

Last week, Techzim wrote about a startup called Study 263 which solves remittance issues using bitcoin. However, the startup only limits its services to from Zimbabwe to S.A and vice versa. Today, let’s talk about BitMari a bit. BitMari is a Bitcoin startup by Christopher Mapondera and Sinclair Skinner. It has several services including remittances […]


How to buy Telecel or NetOne airtime using EcoCash

They say necessity is the mama of all inventions, so when the going gets tough instead of just whining some people find solutions. Cash is a problem, no doubt. We’ve tried to go with plastic money but things like airtime are still not so easy to swipe for particularly if you don’t intend on buying […]


Hey I want to invest on the capital markets, who do I talk to?

Investing in Capital Markets via stock brokers. Securities and Exchange Commission of Zimbabwe (SECZ) has a comprehensive list of registered brokers to help you find your way around the markets. Yes you guessed right: you just can’t do it on your own. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): […]


You can now pay for Ethiopian Airlines tickets using EcoCash or Telecash

Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline group, recently partnered with Flocash, a provider of electronic payment services, to enable online mobile payments on Ethiopian Airlines website. You will now be able to pay for airplane tickets from the airline using EcoCash or Telecash. To pay using this payment method, got to their website and start the […]


‘I want to experience the product so that I give honest feedback to my audience’ – Misred

‘People related to my product because I was personal with it. I used my face to showcase my products.’ – Ellen Chironga speaks of the success of NaturElle at the Digital Future Conference Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD […]


ZANU PF membership cards to soon turn into ‘debit cards’

So back in 2014, Techzim wrote about how the ZANU PF membership cards now had a Zimswitch logo. At that time, it was quite unclear how everything would work we were all left but just wondering since none of the stakeholders could give us any useful information. 3 years later, we now have the answers […]


E-commerce: What would it take for you to shop more online?

E-commerce is not as huge as it should be in Zimbabwe. Just last month Choppies announced a deal with Kamelee, a ‘click and collect’ platform. This allows the purchase of groceries online and collection ‘offline,’ that is in person. Choppies is mainly targeting those in the Diaspora, allowing them to buy groceries for family here […]


No USD, no service: Steward Bank restricts MasterCard Debit card limits

We seem to be getting more and more alteration notifications from our banks or mobile money platforms; most, if not all bearing bad news. Just this morning we got a blow from EcoCash, informing us that they have suspended their MasterCard online payments service. Now, here is another ‘MasterCard blow’ from Steward bank…   MasterCard […]


Why are men buying more than women online?

So at the Broadband Economy conference, some interesting facts were brought up. The one that grabbed the most attention was the fact that according to Hammer & Tongues online shopping analytics, in Zimbabwe more men shop online than women. This is some serious deviation from the expected. The norm is women are inclined to shop more […]


Get ahead of the queue, buy your fuel online

I always wondered why people used the Total Smart Card to buy fuel for their cars. To be honest, I thought it was a futile attempt to show status. Of course if you are a business owner or have the buying decision in any organisation, the Total Smart Card has always made sense. This is […]


5 Key things to consider when starting an e-commerce business in Zimbabwe

I recently wrote an article on how Amazon is going to conquer most markets through e-commerce. At the end of that article, I was left wondering why e-commerce hasn’t reached its true potential in Zimbabwe. Creating a business which sells goods online (e-commerce) is quite easy as all you need is a website which can process orders […]


Advertise your goods and services for free on Tradezone classifieds

As internet penetration increases in Africa, it only makes sense for startups to start implementing business models that leverage on the internet. That, coupled with the cash crisis (which has undeniably catalysed the acceptance of electronic and plastic money), has led to a rise of e-commerce in Zimbabwe. We, so far, have featured a number […]


Local e-commerce startup, 10ngah, fails customers

We’ve written about the e-commerce site 10ngah a few times here on Techzim as one of the examples of local e-commerce startups. This means when people search for their name online, they see the articles we wrote about them when they launched, and they trust that they buy from them. Over the past couple of months […]


EcoCash Mastercard VCN service down… customers fail to make online payments

The EcoCash Mastercard VCN service is down. The service, which EcoCash subscribers use to generate Virtual Card Numbers (hence VCN), is one of the few ways Zimbabweans have to make payment to merchants outside the country. Users of the service have been complaining on social media and other platforms that attempts to issues themselves VCNs using the services, have […]


#FridayDeals: What have we learnt…so far

On the 16th of March we introduced Friday Deals, an experiment to explore the possible bottlenecks to a thriving e-commerce ecosystem in Zimbabwe. Here is what we learnt: Online payments are not really a problem This was more of confirmation to what we knew already. The biggest player in online payments between Limpopo and Zambezi […]


Introducing Deals Friday

Fridays were not meant to be ordinary yet here on Techzim they have been almost just that. Not anymore. Starting this Friday, we now feature a unique deal every Friday. How does that work? We will feature one gadget (well does not need to be a gadget every time). We will look around for as […]


Local Bitcoin exchange says it processed US $100,000 in 2016. Targets $1M by 2018

Local Bitcoin exchange BitCoinFundi says it processed about US $100,000 worth of transactions in 2016. The exchange founder and CEO, Tawanda Kembo, says they have been growing their total transaction value by about 16% month on month and are looking to reach $1 million annual transactions by 2018. Kembo was speaking at an event hosted by the Computer Society of […]


UK money transfer startup introduces international money transfer services on Facebook’s Messenger

TransferWise, a European money transfer startup recently announced the launch of a service that allows Facebook users to make international money transfers through the Messenger platform.


Local startup introduces e-payment app Zapper to Zimbabwe, explores QR codes transactions opportunity

The cash crisis in Zimbabwe has been a sore point for just about everyone who’s trying to handle transactions. If it’s not the frustration of failing to access your money there’s the fact that for all the cashless society talk, sometimes there just aren’t nearly as enough Point of Sale (POS) machines from every retailer. […]