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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:

 

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8 Comments

  1. Mburu G
    June 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    Hi Mr. Mudiri

    Good staff Boss!

    Now that you are Country Manager, we need to see delivery dates move from weeks to hrs. Sisi ni watu wa instant coffee, mambo ni PAP!

    Cheers big guy

  2. June 4, 2011 at 8:10 am — Reply

    So did this guy replace Cobus Heyl?

    • June 6, 2011 at 1:09 am — Reply

      No. Corbus had an altogether different position at MIH East Africa.

  3. mag atieno
    June 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm — Reply

    This is quite a development given that majority of Kenyans now depend on Mpesa,Zap and the like for several purchases.We however have limited access to online products given that most people do not have access the credit cards etc.

    Looking forward to hearing more on this new development

  4. Rita M
    June 7, 2011 at 2:14 am — Reply

    Joseck,

    This is brilliant!

    Alot more required in promoting the website. Kenyans handly know about it yet you have so many wonderful products at such competitive prices!

    Cheers

    Rita

  5. Cobus Heyl
    June 9, 2011 at 11:45 am — Reply

    @JoseckMudiri @MosesKemibaro – nice one, enjoyed the video interview. @Mr. Majani – how’s Kenya Lyrics? Wishing you all well.

  6. Melissa
    June 10, 2011 at 12:42 am — Reply

    You need to make More Kenyans aware about this website. Kenyans are still sending people going abroad to buy for them products that are available in your site

  7. Kipepeo
    June 10, 2011 at 11:08 am — Reply

    I noticed that Kalahari’s merchandize is actually in South Africa, so, when one purchases an item, it can take up to 7 days to have it delivered. I wish they can identify a few fast moving goods that can be stocked locally so that the delivery period is reduced

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