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Shopify Stores in South Africa

Updated Oct 15 2021

There are 10,057 live Shopify stores in South Africa.

In this report, we'll cover the following essential statistics on Shopify stores in South Africa.

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Shopify Growth in South Africa

Shopify's worldwide quarter-over-quarter growth has been quite impressive over the last few years, and that trend is visible within most countries.

  • Shopify stores in South Africa increased 15.4% quarter-over-quarter in 2021 Q3.
  • Shopify stores in South Africa increased 68% year-over-year in 2021 Q3.

Here is Shopify's quarter-over-quarter growth in South Africa.

Quarter
Active Stores
2017 Q1
153
2017 Q2
137
2017 Q3
146
2017 Q4
173
2018 Q1
198
2018 Q2
260
2018 Q3
315
2018 Q4
295
2019 Q1
316
2019 Q2
390
2019 Q3
372
2019 Q4
325
2020 Q1
381
2020 Q2
728
2020 Q3
652
2020 Q4
1,032
2021 Q1
791
2021 Q2
841
2021 Q3
1,313
2021 Q4 (to date)
224
Cumulative Stores by Quarter

It's hard to know exactly when a Shopify store was first created but we use a heuristic combining DNS and WHOIS data that provides a reasonable approximation.

Top Categories For Shopify Stores In South Africa

Here is the breakdown of industry verticals for Shopify stores in South Africa.

  • 27.5% of Shopify stores in South Africa sell Apparel products.
  • 14.7% of Shopify stores in South Africa sell Home & Garden products.
  • 12.4% of Shopify stores in South Africa sell Beauty & Fitness products.
  • 9.2% of Shopify stores in South Africa sell Food & Drink products.

Social Media Usage On Shopify Stores In South Africa

Ecommerce brands use social media sites to engage with millions of consumers. Instagram and Facebook are the dominant social media sites for ecommerce stores, by far, with Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube also having notable usage.

  • Instagram is used by 56.3% of Shopify stores in South Africa.
  • Facebook is used by 54.1% of Shopify stores in South Africa.
  • Twitter is used by 12.8% of Shopify stores in South Africa.
Type
Stores
Instagram
5,666
Facebook
5,440
Twitter
1,283
YouTube
880
Pinterest
253
LinkedIn
212
Tiktok
59
Facebook Group
47

Contact Information On Shopify Stores In South Africa

Email remains an extremely popular communication channel for merchants. Many merchants also provide a phone number so that their customers can reach them instantly.

  • 66% of Shopify stores in South Africa have an email on their website
  • 52% of Shopify stores in South Africa provide a phone number on their website
Type
Stores
Email
6,660
Phone
5,181

Shopify Plus Stores In South Africa

There are 19 Shopify Plus stores in South Africa. For more information on Shopify Plus, read our Shopify Plus report.

Provinces With The Most Shopify Stores In South Africa

It's relatively easy to identify the country in which an ecommerce store operates. However, very few ecommerce stores provide a location to the province-level or city-level and even fewer provide a street address.

Here is the province distribution of Shopify stores in South Africa. Note that we're only showing the top 15 locations here but you can see the full list within Store Leads.

  • 832 Shopify stores in South Africa are based in Gauteng.
  • 693 Shopify stores in South Africa are based in Western Cape.
  • 172 Shopify stores in South Africa are based in KwaZulu-Natal.

Cities With The Most Shopify Stores in South Africa

Here is the city distribution of Shopify stores in South Africa. Note that we're only showing the top 15 locations here but you can see the full list within Store Leads.

  • 585 Shopify stores in South Africa are based in Cape Town.
  • 368 Shopify stores in South Africa are based in Johannesburg.
  • 163 Shopify stores in South Africa are based in Pretoria.

Top Shopify Apps in South Africa

Here are the top 10 apps, ordered by number of installs, across all Shopify stores in South Africa.

With a paid account on Store Leads, you'll be able to see which stores have installed specific apps. You can also see when specific apps were installed (or uninstalled) by each store.

Number of Employees for Shopify stores in South Africa

  • 0.4% of Shopify stores in South Africa have 1 - 9 employees.
  • 0.2% of Shopify stores in South Africa have 10 - 24 employees.
  • 0.1% of Shopify stores in South Africa have 100 - 249 employees.

Here is the breakdown of Shopify stores in South Africa by the number of employees.

Employees
Stores
1 - 9
37
10 - 24
21
25 - 49
3
50 - 99
3
100 - 249
6
250 - 999
5
1000 - 4999
3

Top Shipping Carriers For Shopify Stores In South Africa

  • 2.3% of Shopify stores in South Africa ship by UPS.
  • 1.0% of Shopify stores in South Africa ship by Fastway.
  • 0.7% of Shopify stores in South Africa ship by Fedex.

Here are the top shipping carriers for Shopify stores in South Africa.

Shipping Carrier
Stores
UPS
234
Fastway
101
Fedex
68
USPS
30
Aramex
30
DHL
21
Royal Mail
8
DSV
6
China Post
4
Australia Post
3

Top-level Domain Distribution For Shopify Stores In South Africa

.com is the most common top-level domain, by far, for world-wide Shopify stores. Some countries have been faster than others to adopt alternate (such as country-specific) top-level domains.

  • 59.7% of Shopify stores in South Africa have a .co.za domain.
  • 34.2% of Shopify stores in South Africa have a .com domain.
  • 0.9% of Shopify stores in South Africa have a .store domain.

Here is the top-level domain distribution for Shopify stores in South Africa.

Top-level Domain
Stores
.co.za
6,001
.com
3,435
.store
89
.shop
85
.online
77
.co
68
.africa
44
.net
41
.org
32
.org.za
16

Top Shopify Stores In South Africa

Here are the top stores in South Africa ordered by worldwide store rank.

Name
Domain
Rank
Created
Planet54
10,496
2016/12/30
Under Armour® Official Store
11,217
2020/11/20
Communica South Africa
16,935
2019/05/10
ACDC Dynamics Online
17,936
2017/03/24
Norman Goodfellows (Pty) Ltd
20,730
2018/09/28

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