E-Commerce firm Copia Global has set up a new distribution hub in Nairobi to run thousands of deliveries a day. The new central distribution centre was set up at warehousing facilities firm Africa Logistics Properties. According to Tim Steel, CEO of Copia Global, “Copia provides a unique direct to end consumer e-commerce enabled shopping service, bringing choice, convenience and opportunity to rural and peri-urban customers across Kenya. This involves a complex and challenging supply chain. We are very excited to be relocating our fulfilment centre operation to ALP North Logistics Park. The facility is ideally located for us and our suppliers and perfectly suited for us to reliably meet the day definite delivery needs of our customers. It will allow us to continue our rapid growth in usin
OLX, one of Africa’s leading e-commerce platforms, is shutting its Kenya and Nigeria outlets. According to a source at the firm, the staff in those countries were formally informed of the decision on February 6. Staff were reportedly notified of their termination beginning in March. It is not clear the number of workers who have been affected by the decision. OLX has been struggling to make its businesses in Kenya and Nigeria viable since it entered markets in 2012. In Kenya, many people use the platform to buy goods, sell livestock among others. On his part, Sjoerd Nikkelen, CEO of OLX in Asia, Middle East and Africa made the statement below, available to TechPoint,; “We made a difficult but important decision in Nigeria to consolidate our operations between some of o
Online payment solution platform, PayU has announced the launch of a new service called PayU Receive. The new product, according to the company, will allow businesses in Nigeria to securely request and receive payments directly from their customers without any hassles. PayU Receive is a payment solution that facilitates business-to-business and business-to-consumer payments via email or SMS. It allows businesses to make use of PayU’s payment services by allowing them to send payment requests via email or SMS to their customers. Customers then have the flexibility of paying via their bank cards or their bank accounts. This is another way for businesses to receive payment as all they need is their customers’ email address or mobile phone numbers to which a payment link can be sent.
WhatsApp, the popular messaging App globally is launching a new feature that will let contacts track one another in real time. WhatsApp has come a long way since its launch as just an instant messaging application. The message service's 1.3 billion active monthly users are increasingly depending on the platform to share and communicate. It has launched another new feature that enables users to share their live location for certain period of time. The live location tracking feature, will allow users to share their movements if they're trying to find their friends or let them know they're safe. The feature, which WhatsApp said is encrypted, asks users to set a time limit on how long their location is shared for and lets them stop doing so at any time. Despite being available on
In line with changing lives in Kenya by making homes more fun and great for work and learning, Safaricom is now providing Home Fibre. The Listed telecom operator has introduced four packages, Platinum, Gold, Silver and bronze, for its Internet to homes offering as it makes an aggressive play to grow its market share. The Safaricom Fibre allows users to have fast, reliable and unlimited internet access from the comfort of their home. After registration, a user will be given a router and access to credentials that will enable them to have both Wireless and LAN access, with no installation charges. In the new strategy, Safaricom will charge Sh2,500 for bandwidth of 5 megabits per second (Mbps) and in the bronze package and Sh9,999 for 40Mbps speeds for platinum customers. The