Tech from iStore can now be delivered in 60 minutes

As competition in South Africa’s e-commerce landscape intensifies, more companies are offering on-demand deliveries to attract customers in a challenging trading environment. iStore, the retail chain owned by Apple distributor Core Group, has entered the competition by promising free deliveries in the Cape Town and Sandton CBDs within 60 minutes.

Read: Ajax Smart Security System Review: Aware and armed alarm

Additionally, iStore is offering scheduled deliveries, allowing customers to choose their preferred delivery time. There is no minimum spend amount or minimum cart value required.

“Free iStore ‘RightNow’ one-hour delivery is currently available in the Sandton and Cape Town CBDs and will soon expand to Tshwane (Pretoria) and Durban,” the company announced in a statement on Monday.

This move by iStore comes as more retailers focus on improving their logistics to facilitate on-demand deliveries as a way to differentiate themselves in the increasingly competitive online shopping market.

Some historical contexts about Core Group:

1995: Core Group (or Core Computer Business) emerges as one of the first distributors for Apple products in the newly democratic South Africa.

2000: Apple briefly attempts to establish a direct presence in South Africa but later winds down operations, handing over most functions to Core.

Since then: Core Group has solidified its position as the dominant distributor for Apple products in South Africa. They’ve expanded their offerings to include other major tech brands like DJI and Nintendo.

Other points of interest:

Core Group held exclusive distribution rights for Apple products for many years. This sometimes led to accusations of inflated prices on Apple devices in South Africa.