September 2017

Yuppiechef is opening its first physical store

Online kitchen and homeware store Yuppiechef is opening its first physical store in one month from now, in Cape Town.

"It has been a long time since we sent the first Yuppiechef online order from my lounge. E-commerce based business empowered us to begin a retail business with no stock, staff or costly rentals. We have developed into a group of 85, with a stockroom and a large number of items, and have delighted in being a piece of a spearheading industry in South Africa," said Yuppiechef fellow benefactor Andrew Smith.

He said that for quite a while the organisation trusted that online business was the fate of retail, and that inevitably this channel would 'win' and the others would 'pass on'. "We weren't right," he said.

"We trust that the eventual fate of retail is 'omni-channel', which implies a mix of physical stores and online business."

Yuppiechef is opening its initially store on 1 October at Willowbridge Center, in Cape Town's Northern Suburbs.

"We trust that our first store is a major achievement and it is the begin of additional to come all through South Africa. At this stage we don't have firm gets ready for where or when future stores will open," Smith said.




Alipay Payment Gateway Enters South Africa

Chinese tourists would now be able to utilize Alipay in 10,000 merchant traders in South Africa.

Alipay has reported an association with Zapper, a mobile payment, created in South Africa.

As uncovered by the firm, this partnership will enable Chinese visitors in South Africa to pay utilizing their cell phones at 10,000 Zapper-partnered dealers across South Africa.

Chinese visitors will have the capacity to pay for restaurants, bars, theaters, book shops and more through Alipay's in-app Discovery platform, and pay for their requests in RMB by means of Alipay by scanning a Zapper QR code.

We are eager to partner together with Zapper, to offer Chinese tourists a safe and convenient payment solution and seamless travel experience,” said Rita Liu, Head of Alipay EMEA.


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