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A green take on ecommerce

At the start of this decade, the great consumer shift to online shopping was well underway. When COVID-19 shook up traditional retail, this big shift continued at an accelerated pace. In 2020, the Takealot group experienced strong growth across all of its businesses in South Africa, where ecommerce is only now picking up steam. The challenge for this rising industry is making rapid growth mesh with the other big issue of our age: the health of our planet.

The Takealot group is a closely integrated platform of three leading ecommerce and on-demand food delivery businesses continuing to grow and innovate in South Africa. With consumer offerings across general retail, apparel and food delivery, there are multiple opportunities for Takealot to innovate and keep its environmental footprint light.

Thinking inside the box

With touchpoints in three distinct verticals, the group has devised multiple solutions to minimize wasteful packaging at every stage of the journey. For internal shipping between Takealot locations, the company makes use of returnable packaging. Within individual shipments, the wasteful plastic void filler has been replaced with paper. At Superbalist, goods can be packed with an innovative compostable plastic that decomposes within six months. And for consumers, the group has a special project underway that will place packaging recycling points at Takealot pickup points, making it even easier to keep materials out of the landfill.

Logical logistics

The Takealot group is tasked with getting products quickly and conveniently to customers’ doors while keeping emissions low on each mile of their journey. By consolidating freight shipments across the group, Takealot can load containers efficiently, meaning fewer overall shipments. Increasingly, this freight is carried by carbon-efficient sea freight and road transport instead of by air.

Road transport is made more environmentally friendly through a new, fuel-efficient and low carbon emission truck fleet. And using technology to improve logistics planning means that drivers can manage more deliveries per day and fewer kilometres per delivery.

For a cleaner last mile, the group is increasingly turning to electric cars and bikes to get goods – from sneakers to sushi – to customers’ homes.

Powering up

As an ecommerce group, Takelot ensures its energy efficiency by driving down the energy consumption of distribution centres, logistics hubs and offices. In Takealot’s warehouses, traditional lighting has been replaced with energy-efficient LEDs with motion sensors to ensure the facilities are only illuminated when they are in use. The Johannesburg distribution centre will soon go a step further, with solar panels installed to generate electricity for the facility.

With South Africa’s ecommerce market continuing to grow, companies like the Takealot group have an important role in setting the standard for sustainability, within the group and beyond.

Boilerplate

About Naspers:

Established in 1915, Naspers has transformed itself to become a global consumer internet company and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Through Prosus, the group operates and invests globally in markets with long-term growth potential, building leading consumer internet companies that empower people and enrich communities. Prosus has its primary listing on Euronext Amsterdam and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Naspers is the majority owner of Prosus.

In South Africa, Naspers is one of the foremost investors in the technology sector and is committed to building its internet and e-commerce companies in the country. These include Takealot, Mr D Food, Superbalist, OLX, Autotrader, Property24 and PayU, in addition to Media24, South Africa’s leading print and digital media business.

Naspers is also focused on stimulating South Africa’s local tech sector through Naspers Foundry. This is a R1.4 billion investment targeting early-stage technology companies in South Africa that seek to address big societal needs. To help address youth unemployment in impoverished communities, in 2019, Naspers launched Naspers Labs, a social impact programme for young, unemployed South Africans aged between 17 and 25. Located in low income, urban settings, Naspers Labs provide a structured development journey enabling young people to enter the economy.

Naspers has a primary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (NPN.SJ) and a secondary listing on the A2X Exchange (NPN.AJ) in South Africa and has an ADR listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: NPSN).

For more information, please visit www.naspers.com.

About Naspers Foundry: 

Naspers Foundry is an early-stage business funding initiative focused on technology entrepreneurs in South Africa. Over the past year, Naspers Foundry invested R30 million in SweepSouth, an online home and business cleaning services platform that connects clients with trusted, reliable cleaners. Visit SweepSouth for more information.

After year-end, in May 2020, Naspers Foundry invested a further R100 million in Aerobotics, an agritech company that provides tree crop health and yield intelligence data to the agricultural industry using drone and satellite-enabled AI technology. Visit Aerobotics for more information.

In September 2020, Naspers Foundry closed a transaction in Food Supply Network on undisclosed terms. The independent B2B marketplace integrates ordering systems of manufacturers, distributors, and buyers (restaurants, hotels and retailers) of food products. Visit Food Supply Network for more information.

In November 2020, Naspers Foundry invested R45 million in The Student Hub, an edtech company that increases access to vocational education to large numbers of students whilst reducing the costs of delivery of education and training. Visit The Student Hub for more information.

In June 2021, Naspers Foundry invested R42 million in mobility technology company WhereIsMyTransport. The company maps formal and informal public transport networks and uses this data and technology to improve the public transport experience for millions of consumers in high-growth megacities globally.

Visit https://www.whereismytransport.com for more information.

Naspers Foundry invested R34 million in digital short-term insurance advice platform, Ctrl in July 2021. Ctrl provides a unique tech solution to the short-term insurance industry and consumers through its platform, connecting consumers, brokers and insurers in one place. The platform enables brokers to provide insurance advice digitally and allows underserved consumers to easily compare multiple quotes, obtain advice, accept cover and manage their policies.

Visit https://www.takectrl.co.za for more information.

Visit Naspers Foundry for more information.

About Naspers Labs:

Naspers Labs is the group’s flagship social impact programme designed to transform and launch South Africa’s unemployed youth into economic activity. Currently, in its pilot phase, Naspers has invested R69 million in Naspers Labs and has set up four labs.

To date, over 2,000 young people have completed the Naspers Labs programme and 956 employment placements have been made. As a result of Covid-19, Naspers Labs is expanding its offering to train youth in Cyber Security, Software Development and Cloud Computing, through remote learning.

Visit www.nasperslabs.org for more information.

About Naspers

Established in 1915, Naspers has transformed itself to become a global consumer internet company and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Through Prosus, the group operates and invests globally in markets with long-term growth potential, building leading consumer internet companies that empower people and enrich communities. Prosus has its primary listing on Euronext Amsterdam and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Naspers is the majority owner of Prosus.

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