Togolese ride-hailing startup acquires food delivery business Delivroum

TOGO – Togo’s leading food delivery start-up, Delivroum has been acquired by Gozem, which started out as a ride-hailing business in the country but has been expanding its service lines to include delivery and logistics, scaling its “Super App” offering.

According to reports by African Heroes, the transaction combines Gozem’s transportation network strength with the breadth of Delivroum’s restaurant network, in the hopes of creating an unparalleled food delivery platform in Togo.

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With the acquisition, Gozem broadens its delivery offerings, adding meal delivery to a bundle of services that includes delivery of groceries, cooking gas bottles, and various other e-commerce items that respond to the everyday needs of its customers across the West African market.

“We’ve worked hard to build our delivery platform in the last months and we’re excited to integrate Delivroum into our operations in Togo.

“This transaction enables us to fast track our food delivery business in the country and we’re thrilled to integrate like-minded young entrepreneurs in our growth journey across Africa,” said Jean-Martial Moulaud, Country Manager at Gozem Togo.

Currently Delivroum operations will continue as usual and its customers can keep ordering meals via the Delivroum app.

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However, plans are underway to integrate the operations into a new standalone Gozem Food vertical.

“For Delivroum, it’s a natural step to join Gozem as we’ve been in discussions for some time on how to best work together.

“We highly value the strong growth capability and local, multi-geography knowledge that Gozem and the management team has demonstrated. We’re proud and excited to join the family,” said Jean-Claude Kunakey, Delivroum Co-Founder.

Founded in 2018 in Lomé, Delivroum was the first dedicated food delivery app in Togo and quickly became the country’s leading food delivery app.

“We’ve worked hard to build our delivery platform in the last months and we’re excited to integrate Delivroum into our operations in Togo.”

Country Manager at Gozem Togo – Jean-Martial Moulaud

Vaya Technologies enter into grocery delivery deal with SA firm

Meanwhile in Southern Africa, Econet’s transport and logistics subsidiary, Vaya Technology Limited has partnered with South Africa based grocery delivery service provider Thumela eKhaya, to facilitate the delivery of groceries bought in from the diaspora to Zimbabwe.

This will enable Zimbabweans living and working in the diaspora to support their families back home from anywhere in the world.

Once payment is done through VISA or MasterCard, Thumela eKhaya will undertake the purchase of the groceries and last mile delivery will be facilitated by Vaya within 24 to 72 hours right to the doorstep of the recipient.

According to Mr Peterson Tengende, Thumela eKhaya’s Chief Executive Officer, the mobile application and web-based platform guarantee security and eliminate time wasted by individuals waiting for trucks or buses to deliver groceries sent through middlemen.

“Gone are the days of losing goods to unregistered runners where one will not have any recourse if something goes wrong. The business is committed to total customer satisfaction.

“All goods transiting from Johannesburg to Zimbabwe have full Goods in Transit insurance and in the rare event that goods are not delivered, damaged or there is partial order delivery, Thumela eKhaya will replace or offer a refund,” Mr Tengende said.

VAYA is looking at expanding the partnership to destination countries like Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique.

According to a recent report by Jumia, Africa’s food and beverage market is worth US$ 313 billion and is projected to reach US$ 1 trillion by 2030.

The growth in the sector will be partly propelled by the rise of online food sales, which is expected to account 0.3% of total revenue generated by 2023.

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