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Standard Bank, Aramex sign deal to ease e-commerce

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By Taonga Sabola:

KUBWALO-CHAIKA—We want to offer convenience

Standard Bank Malawi has signed a partnership with Aramex, a courier franchise operated by Glens, to facilitate delivery of goods bought online using the bank’s Visa debit cards.

The service will address challenges that customers face when making online purchases. With the partnership, customers will have access to addresses in all major e-commerce hubs and delivery of the goods purchased directly to Malawi.

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Standard Bank Head of Personal and Business Banking, Margaret Chaika, described the partnership as timely and ground-breaking in line with global dynamics where the number of people shopping through the internet is on the rise.

“Customers conducting online purchases will no longer be frustrated with delays in delivery of their products to Malawi. The ‘shop and ship’ service by Aramex will cut the time and logistic hassle Malawian buyers face,” Chaika said of the service which is open to all Standard Bank card holders.

She added that the partnership offers a discount of $30. Standard Bank customers pay $15 for the lifetime registration instead of the $45 for other customers.

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Aramex Courier Manager, Afrose Mukadam, described the service as most convenient for Standard Bank customers in getting value-for-money goods within a short time.

“Aramex will ship one’s consignment into Malawi within 10 days. Customers will have a choice to either pay for the courier of their purchases online or upon delivery at the Aramex offices in Malawi.

“Courier fees for the shop and ship service are based on the gross weight of the goods purchased rather than the volume of the parcels. Free insurance cover is available for all items worth $100 and below,” Mukadam said.

The major e-commerce hubs where the shop and ship services are available include USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Turkey, India, United Arab Emirates, Georgia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and South Africa.

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