The need for online e-commerce is growing exponentially in Africa and the new platform addresses key challenges to accelerate electronic commerce growth in sub-Saharan Africa. DHL Express has announced the launch of its new mobile and desktop app aimed at improving the online shopping experience for Africa-based consumers.

The new platform is known as "DHL Africa eShop", it enables customers to shop directly from more than 200 US- and UK-based online retailers, with all shipments delivered by DHL Express, to the shopper’s door. DHL Africa eShop will be available in 11 African markets to start – South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Mauritius, Ghana, Senegal, Rwanda, Malawi, Botswana, Sierra Leone, and Uganda.

Hennie Heymans, CEO of DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa, says that the DHL Africa eShop app offers African consumers much greater access to international retailers on an easy-to-use platform. “DHL Africa eShop provides convenience, speed and access for online customers in Africa. As the global leader in express logistics, DHL is well positioned to connect African consumers with exciting global brands. This is yet another opportunity for DHL to reaffirm its commitment to supporting the growth of e-commerce in the region.”
To celebrate the launch of this platform, DHL is giving the first 1000 shoppers from the participating countries across Africa, the chance to ship their entire order for only $5.

A few of the favorite stores available include Amazon, Zara, M&S, Boohoo, Next, Sports Direct, Nordstrom, Macys, Fashionnova, Gap, Hawes & Curtis, Fenty Beauty, Carter’s, The Children’s Place, George by ASDA, Farfetch, Louis Vuitton, Everything 5Pounds, TopMan and TopShop.

All you need to do as shoppers, download the App from the Google Play store for Android devices or the iOS App store for Apple devices. Alternatively, you can visit the website, to install all versions of the App including the Chrome extension and start shopping from over 200 online stores in the US/UK.

NB: The promo is valid on items that weigh 1kg or less.

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  1. If the same can be applied to Chinese and Indian stores like flipkart would have make sense