Jumia And Zipline – Delivery by Drone
We have not had much news recently about drone delivery. It was always on the table, with some interesting case studies from Mauritius, as well as the first drone deliveries of medicines in Rwanda and elsewhere. Now Africa’s largest ecommerce company Jumia has started using Zipline’s drones for home deliveries, adding an aerial dimension to the online retailer’s increasingly efficient logistics system. The move stems from Jumia’s push to be the go-to platform for Africans ordering everyday items. A pilot of the drone delivery was started at the end of May.
In Q2 of this year, Jumia delivered 60% of physical goods within a day, up from 57% in the first quarter. The growth has been made possible by the company’s increasing fleet of delivery vehicles and warehouses. Last month, it launched 20-minute deliveries in Lagos to deliver groceries and food. The drone delivery service will take off (excuse the pun!) in Ghana, with Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria being the next stops. By going into business with Jumia, Zipline emphasizes its self-definition as primarily a logistics company, not a health tech, positioning it as a potential keystone partner for online retailers looking to access parts of Africa with challenging road infrastructure.
For more information on Jumia’s delivery policies see https://techpoint.africa/2022/09/20/jumia-kenya-warehouse-logistics
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