Kalahari.net has been named as the Best E-Commerce Store of 2007 for the second year in a row. It has also won the award for Best Online Bookstore as well as Best Online Jewellery and Watch store.
“The 2007 awards were a runaway success with new entries joining in the running as well as a clear indication that the standard of local e-commerce stores have vastly improved from the previous year’s selection” says Albert Bredenhann, MD of Jump Shopping.
He adds that he expects to see an e-commerce boom hit the market within the next two years due to the increased access to broadband as well as the entrance of offline stores joining the online arena.
The South African e-Commerce Awards is an initiative hosted by Jump Shopping, South Africa’s online shopping search engine that seeks to acknowledge South African e-commerce stores displaying impressive growth and increased activity accordingly.
2007 sees the award's second season and boasts more than 17 000 votes by the public for their preferred online stores. By including the public during the nomination process ensured a fair and diverse selection of entrants into the competition of which these nominations were short-listed and once again presented to the public for final voting over the course of one month.
The votes for each nomination were presented to a panel f judges for moderation and final winner selection.
"E-commerce in South Africa is definitely on the right track and with the anticipated growth of broadband penetration in South Africa, I think we can expect great things from online shopping in the next two years” says Matthew Buckland, GM of the Mail & Guardian, one of the judges at this year's awards.
The winners for the 2007 South African E-Commerce Awards are as follows:
Best Auction Website: Bid or Buy
Best Automotive Website: Autostyle
Best Online Bookstore: Kalahari.net
Best Clothing and Accessories Store: Rebel Rock
Best Computer Store: Digital Planet
Best Electronics Store: WebAntics Online
Best Flower and Gift Store: Netflorist
Best Food and Wine Store: Woolworths
Best Game Store: BT Games
Best Health and Beauty Store: Manology
Best Home and Garden Store: YuppieChef
Best Jewelry and Watches Store: Kalahari.net
Best Kids and Baby Store: eDreams
Best Music and Movie Store: Musica
Best Photographic Store: SA Camera
Best Property Website: Private Property
Best Sports and Outdoor Store: Sportstuff
Best Travel Booking Website: SafariNow
Best E-Commerce Enabler: iGroup
Best E-Commerce Website: Kalahari.net