A global logistics and package delivery company, United Parcel Services (UPS) has partnered with Jumia to enhance its delivery network in Africa.
Through the partnership, UPS customers can pick-up or drop-off packages for sending across the world at Jumia’s stations in Kenya, Morocco and Nigeria.
For other African countries there are plans to extend to Ghana and Ivory Coast, and the rest of its markets in Africa.
Speaking on the partnership, Jumia’s senior vice president of Logistics, Apoorva Kumar said that partnership offers “last mile solutions” in Africa, and it affords JUmia the opportunity enhance logistics services in Africa.
“At the beginning of our journey (launch of the e-commerce platform), 10 years ago, logistics infrastructure was one of the most challenging aspects of our operating environment. This challenge was a catalyst for us to build an unparalleled logistics platform in Africa offering our sellers and consumers reliable, convenient and cost-effective delivery services.
“Today, we are helping other businesses overcome these infrastructure challenges by giving them access to our logistics platform. We are delighted and humbled by the opportunity to partner up with UPS, a global logistics leader, to offer them last-mile solutions in Africa. We view this as a validation of the strength of our logistics platform as well as an incentive to double down on our efforts to further enhance our services and build a world-class logistics business in Africa,” he said.
Also speaking on the partnership was Gregory Goba, the UPS vice president of engineering and operations for Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa.
According to Goba, the partnership with Jumia offers opportunity for customers around the world to quickly and reliable connect.
“UPS’s asset-light approach, like the Jumia partnership, offers a pathway for businesses to quickly and reliably connect to new customers around the world through our global network, potentially accelerating their revenue growth,” he said.