Spar will declare online grocery war on Sixty60 and asap!

The online grocery shopping industry in South Africa is heating up and one of the fastest growing. With the high cost of fuel and because of the convenience it offers, more South Africans are buying groceries online than ever. Spar wants a piece of the pie and is gearing up to take on Shoprite Group’s Checkers Sixty60 and Pick n Pay’s asap! with its own ecommerce platform.

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The group’s ecommerce offering, called Spar2U, will see rapid expansion as more stores countrywide is added to the network. “There is great enthusiasm from our independent retailers to implement Spar’s new online shopping platform, Spar2U. Our online platform is receiving positive reviews and a large number of stores are preparing to launch online within their communities in the coming months,” the group told investors.

Spar was a bit late to the online grocery game, only recently piloting Spar2U. Contrast that with the likes of Sixty60 that has been available in certain areas for years and rolled out nationwide during the hard lockdown in 2020. Pick n Pay’s asap! has also grown in leaps in bounds recently. It was initially acquired by Pick n Pay during the lockdown, before that called Bottles (it was a liquor only online delivery service). It was quickly rebranded and used to assist Pick n Pay during the lockdown by using the already existent infrastructure to deliver their own wares.

“Although many of our retailers have been quick to respond to consumers’ needs for online shopping, we have recognised the need for a sophisticated offering tailored for our unique business model,” Spar CEO Brett Botten said.

“We believe that the Spar business model requires an online shopping solution that serves our Spar consumers but one which also will add value to our independent retail partners and the communities in which they operate.”