The two companies have partnered to launch an on-demand drone delivery network across the African continent.
The partners are already testing their services in Ghana, where the partners operated a pilot program over the past month. The trial tested multiple use cases and product categories, racking up a total of 2,500 km of flight. Deliveries to outlying Jumia hubs at distances up to 85 km were made in less than an hour, during which real-time visibility of order progress was available to all stakeholders.
Zipline and Jumia currently aim to expand their services to Ivory Coast and Nigeria, and later potentially to Kenya and Rwanda.
Zipline is pleased to partner with Jumia to use instant logistics to improve the lives of customers across Africa. This collaboration will increase access to goods for customers and help small and medium sized businesses grow. Zipline’s safe and efficient instant logistics system will make shopping on Jumia even more convenient, sustainable, and accessible for its customers.Daniel Marfo, Zipline Africa senior vice president