Jalo’s online delivery launches in Abuja – uber-nisation of last-mile delivery full speed ahead

Disrupt Africa reports that online delivery service Jalo, has launched in Nigeria’s capital Abuja. The startup is offering an on-demand delivery application, focusing on “anything from food, laptops, to documents.” Jalo plans to generate income through delivery fees, service charges (purchases for customers) and commission from listed merchants.

The “uber-nisation” of last-mile delivery in Africa is progressing at a rapid rate. Customer-centric mobile apps, low cost delivery, real- time tracking, easy payment options and invoicing form the corner stone of these startups. Online delivery also promotes to take the “pain out of collection and delivery.”

Traffic congestion is increasingly a challenge for African cities. This will likely get worse, as urbanisation is set to increase from 40% to 58% over the next three and a half decades (UN‐Habitat), and infrastructure investments struggle to catch up. The Kenyan e-courier startup Sendy, announced this week that it is piloting last-mile drone deliveries in the Kenyan capital, to deal with unpredictable ETAs (Estimated Time of Arrivals) in Nairobi.