UGANDA – Jumia Food Uganda, online food ordering site operated by the leading e-commerce platform in Africa – Jumia, has launched a quick commerce platform dubbed Jumia Food Mart to meet increased consumer demand for rapid delivery.

The move is intended at enabling consumers to receive their online grocery orders in a record time of under 20 minutes, fostering convenience.

According to reports by PML Daily, the last-mile delivery via micro fulfilment centres within the neighbourhoods, will revolutionize delivery times for Jumia consumers and make online grocery delivery faster than ever before across the country.

Consumers will also benefit from free delivery of popular, fast-moving consumer goods, including up to 4,000 items, from leading local and global brands.

“We are absolutely excited about this innovation and we know that it is a game changer and will directly impact consumer habits across Kampala and later across the country.

“Our innovations are based on consumer insights generated on a daily basis across our platforms and we know that Jumia Food Mart will meet our consumers at their utmost point of need,” Ron Kawamara, CEO Jumia Uganda said.

More than 100 locations are now served within Kampala including areas of Bukoto, Kitintale, Nsambya, Kiwatule and surrounding areas.

“Jumia’s quick commerce offering represents our commitment to meeting customers’ insatiable demand for everyday products at the fastest delivery time and at everyday low prices.

“With a young population and emerging middle class, Africa’s consumers are eager to have access to the quick commerce revolution they see across the world,” said Petero Muzoora, Jumia’s Head of Grocery.

Jumia has witnessed a great shift to everyday products since COVID-19 outbreak as a result of consumers’ shifting preference toward e-commerce.

The Africa e-commerce report entitled Jumia Africa eCommerce Index 2021 cited groceries and everyday essentials as the best-selling products on Jumia during the pandemic, which is a fast-growing category on Jumia.

Its new “darkstore” concept represents an important step forward in making online shopping more convenient than ever before.

Jumia Food gains last mile support from Errand360

Meanwhile in Nigeria, Jumia Food has entered into a strategic partnership with Bicycle community delivery platform Errand360, to offer last mile deliveries to the company’s customers.

Launched last year, Errand360 bicycles serves users with demand for quick and short errands within their communities and on-demand delivery services.

The startup, which raised a pre-seed funding round in November and is now working on its seed, will work with Jumia Food in Nigeria with hundreds of riders across multiple locations.

The partnership will enable customers to order and pay for meal deliveries via the Jumia Food app, with seamless delivery to either their homes or offices conducted by Errand360.

“This Jumia deal is a nationwide deal and for at least three years across multiple locations with at least 100 riders to start with. It’s a mega deal and a gamechanger for the company and will see the company deliver thousands of orders monthly,” said Errand360 co-founder Jaiyeola Ayodeji David.

Errand360 is operational in Lagos, Abuja and Ibadan, and has so far delivered over 55,000 orders. It has also signed deals with Glovo, Gokada, and Bolt, and is currently delivering for those brands.

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