Well known online retailer Amazon has just launched the Amazon Global Program. This venture allows buyers from other countries (other than US and U.K) to ship items directly to their addresses. This program covers a majority of the of items in Amazon’s product catalog – automotive, baby, clothing, consumer electronics, industrial and scientific, jewelry, shoes, software, sporting goods, tools, toys, video games, etc.
All the above items can be shipped to Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and many other countries worldwide. Amazon will also be responsible for customs clearance of your items, because your import duty will also be estimated during checkout, hence the courier will be responsible for that.
There’s also an added option to track you shipments, to know where it is, and when it would be delivered. Now imagine all the exclusive goodies in the Amazon store plus the possibility of having them shipped directly to you doorpost.
This is definitely a wake up call for 3rd party shipment services like Chrismallvic, MallforAfrica and the rest. I hope Jumia and Konga are reading this.