E-commerce company, Jumia, has now opened its logistics

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-Jumia logistics
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After months of talking about it, Jumia is taking the big step. It has now opened up its logistics service to external parties in the 11 African countries it operates it.

This decision to provide logistics as a service to other businesses has been in the works for a while.

  • In February 2020, CEO of Jumia Nigeria, Massimiliano Spalazzi, said Jumia was planning to scale its third party logistics service.
  • In June, Jumia’s logistics service became available to businesses in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Jumia has over 6500 delivery agents and 3000 warehouse operators
  • The company delivered 20 million packages
    across Africa in 2019 alone.

Logistics is a complex problem to solve: Despite Jumia’s impressive stats, logistics remains a tough nut to crack in many African cities.

A city like Lagos with bad roads, frequent traffic congestions and poor road network presents too many problems for any easy solutions.

Bottom line: Opening its logistics service to third parties could be a win-win. It will help Jumia expand their market. If the service scales, it will expose them to other logistics problems they wouldn’t have known about until they reached a certain level.


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In 2018, I visited a friend in the Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos, South-West Nigeria. During my visit, I needed to get some money so I walked out to look for a bank or an ATM. I walked several meters and did not find a bank or ATM to my surprise. When I asked, I was referred to a mobile money agent in the area.

It’s not unusual to seek ATMs or banks and not find them in urban centres outside Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. Like that time my colleague Kay and I couldn’t find one in one of South-south Nigeria’s major towns. But seeking them without success in a major African city like Lagos was startling.

Yet data shows that a mobile money agent has 26 times the reach of ATMs and 58 times
the reach of bank branches in Africa. So you are more likely to run into a mobile money agent than a bank or an ATM. Africa is the world’s mobile money leader. There are 3.4 million registered agents on the continent. More than 4 out of 10
agents in the world are in Africa.

Agents are the fastest way to convert cash to digital value and vice versa. About $124 billion in digital value pass through mobile money services and agents every year. There are 481 million registered mobile money accounts in Sub-Saharan Africa, 50 million of them were registered in 2019. Everything from remittances, airtime top-up to savings, mobile money has become an integral part of how money moves on the continent.

But despite significant progress with mobile money penetration
– registered accounts grew by 12% in 2019 compared to 2018 figures – financial exclusion is still in the double digits in a number of African countries.


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