2019 Internet retailer leading vendors report

| June 7, 2017

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Many retailers today are opting to buy e-commerce technology rather than build it. In an exclusive Internet Retailer survey of 183 e-commerce executives conducted in August, 66% of retailers said they opt to use a vendor for new technology rather than build it in-house, up from 51% last year.This FREE 91-page 2019 Leading Vendors to the Top 1000 Report ($199 value) is a data-driven analysis of the e-commerce vendor landscape, ranking the top 10 vendors used by Top 1000 merchants in more than 30 categories.

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Spree, part of Media24’s Ecommerce division, is South Africa’s most fashionable online retailer offering women's and men’s apparel, as well as kids’ and babies’ clothes from local designers, suppliers and international brands and labels. Launched in April 2013, Spree inspires shoppers through editorial images as well as a fashion blog, The Thread that provides style advice and fashion stories. All of this is backed up by an easy-to-use, highly secure online shopping experience, quick delivery and a convenient 30-day free returns policy.

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Spree.co.za

Spree, part of Media24’s Ecommerce division, is South Africa’s most fashionable online retailer offering women's and men’s apparel, as well as kids’ and babies’ clothes from local designers, suppliers and international brands and labels. Launched in April 2013, Spree inspires shoppers through editorial images as well as a fashion blog, The Thread that provides style advice and fashion stories. All of this is backed up by an easy-to-use, highly secure online shopping experience, quick delivery and a convenient 30-day free returns policy.

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