Africa’s leading eCommerce and logistics company, Jumia, has launched a new integrated warehouse and logistics network facility in Nairobi, Kenya, to enhance the consumers’ shopping experience by reducing delivery times and cutting costs.
The 11,000 meters facility will transform Jumia’s logistics operations by providing increased storage capacity for scale-up of warehouse operations and also provide converged services.
Located along Mombasa Road, the facility will ensure faster delivery of products with its proximity to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and easier access to the Central Business District (CBD) via the Nairobi Expressway.
“The new integrated facility has enabled us to converge our multiple warehouses and network operations under one roof,” said Jumia Kenya Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Juan Seco.
“This will help us to improve our fulfillment operations to be more efficient and scalable thus taking care of our future needs as the business continues to grow.”
Jumia is also seeking to transform the Jumia Express operations through the new integrated facility.
Jumia Express is a service offered by the online shopping marketplace where sellers store their inventory in Jumia warehouses to ensure faster delivery which also entails next-day delivery for orders in Nairobi and its environs, no out-of-stock cancellations, and the highest standards of quality storage.
The platform also intends to eliminate first-mile transportation between warehouses and sorting centers which will result in a reduction in carbon emission, a trend across various e-commerce platforms that seek to keep gas emissions from their logistics operations in check.
“The convergence of our operations has helped us to reduce up to 15 truck trips per day, enabling us to reduce carbon emissions significantly. We will continue to look for opportunities to contribute positively to the environment,” said Ankur Agarwal, Jumia Services Country Manager.
The integrated facility will also offer improved working conditions for staff including a better working space and a convenient location in terms of accessibility.
Investment in the new warehouse follows the company’s recent launch of Jumia Food Mart in Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda.
The new concept is aimed to meet increased consumer demand for rapid delivery in under 20 minutes, offering convenience at its best.
The quick commerce platform will be fashioning orders of basic essentials like rice, milk, sugar, bread, vegetables, snacks, and personal care products.
The eCommerce operator is set to leverage micro fulfillment centers set in neighborhoods to undertake the last-mile delivery, revolutionizing delivery times.
Further heightening its focus on speed delivery, Jumia has partnered with Zipline, the world’s largest instant delivery service, to deploy on-demand drone delivery for e-commerce in Ghana, with plans to expand the service to Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire in the near future.
The collaboration will integrate Zipline’s automated, on-demand delivery system with Jumia’s existing distribution network to enable customers to receive instant, on-demand delivery of the products they want when they want them and where they would like them to be delivered.