So far, almost everything is sold online, with the exception of groceries, due to the large variety and very few quantities each household has to actually buy for each order. But gradually basic necessities are also being sold online.
Online African grocery shops are growing rapidly. People have started buying groceries online now, but prefer to only buy them from local suppliers rather than ordering them through multinational portals.
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Online shopping stores are not very expensive items, but they need constant information to keep working successfully. This is usually not possible for a typical food retailer who is unfamiliar with this system. However, there are solutions in the form of multi-vendor co-shopping portals offered by different entrepreneurs at the regional or local level.
There are several popular e-commerce platforms developed and managed by urban technocrats. They offer free memberships to local vendors with the ability to easily upload and sell their products on the site. Initially, these memberships are offered for free, but later some successful sites may charge an annual membership fee, monthly rent, or commission to maintain their business.
However, they claim to make money from advertising. This type of endeavor provides an easy-to-use and accessible platform for all city providers. It brings together all interested suppliers on one city-level platform, making it easy for shoppers to select their favorite local store and order consumables like groceries, medicines, etc. This multi-vendor project is preferable to buying resources from a single vendor.