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DHL has expanded its DHL Africa eShop business to 13 additional markets, upping the presence of the global shipping company’s e-commerce platform to 34 African countries.
DHL went live with the digital retail app in April, bringing more than 200 U.S. and U.K. sellers — from Neiman Marcus to Carters — online to African consumers.
Africa eShop operates using startup MallforAfrica.com’s white label fulfillment service, Link Commerce. Similar to MallforAfrica’s model, the arrangement allows Africa eShop users to purchase goods directly from the websites of any of the app’s global partners.
This week’s expansion is the second for DHL’s Africa eShop, after adding nine markets in May.
DHL’s moves run parallel to significant developments this year in Africa’s online retail scene — namely Jumia’s big IPO capital raise.
Here are Africa eShop’s latest additions: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Ethiopia, Guinea, Lesotho, Namibia, Niger, Sudan, Togo and Zimbabwe.
MallforAfrica CEO Chris Folayan points to the novelty of online sales in many of Africa eShop’s new markets.
“For some of these countries no one has really tapped into e-commerce the way we’re tapping into it, with an ability to buy online and also buy o...