Interview with Joseck Mudiri, Country Manager for Kenya at Kalahari.co.ke [Video]
Earlier today, I had the below video interview with Joseck Mudiri who recently took up the position of Country Manager for Kalahari.co.ke, an e-commerce web site that was established in Kenya almost 2 years ago. Kalahari.co.ke has its roots in Kalahari.net which is the leading e-commerce web site in South Africa. Kalahari.co.ke is part of MIH Internet East Africa which is the same company that operates Mocality, the online business directory and Dealfish, the online classifieds web site in Kenya (which I happen to run).
Kalahari.co.ke is quite early to the e-commerce opportunity in Kenya in that there are only a handful of serious players in this very nascent of Internet business sectors. Credit card penetration in Kenya is still very low and it is for this reason Kalahari.co.ke uses Safaricom’s M-Pesa for payments since it has over 14 million users – this will change in the next upgrade in a few months time when credit cards will be able to work on Kalahari.co.ke.
In addition, Kalahari.co.ke has over 3 million products in its online store, which includes everything from books to electronics, and everything else in between. What many may not know is that Kalahari.co.ke is often cheaper for items such as Apple iPads and books than many main street retailers in Kenya. They are able to offer lower prices due their supply chain efficiencies as well as “direct to supplier” model.
You can watch the full interview with Joseck from Kalahari.co.ke below: