Jumia Uganda CEO Ron Kawamara
Jumia is on a path to attain profitability in 2020, assures Jumia Uganda CEO Ron Kawamara. Photo/TechJaja

Jumia Uganda is on a path to attain profitability in the new year assures Jumia Uganda CEO Ron Kawamara

E-commerce platform Jumia has announced a brand new and aggressive plan to increase its investment into the Ugandan market for 2020.

While 2019 might have been a tough year on the global stage, Jumia Uganda is on a path to attain profitability in the new year assures Jumia Uganda CEO Ron Kawamara.

“In Uganda, we have seen that Jumia continues to dominate the online shopping space with 76% of Ugandan online shoppers relying on our platform in 2019. We are already serving tens of thousands of consumers through our e-commerce platform. In 2020 we will bring e-commerce to an e

Jumia will strengthen its logistics capabilities, therefore by ensuring the same delivery in Kampala for all ‘Jumia Express’ items.

Also, Jumia is expanding on its affordable shipping option themed “Jumia Pickup Stations”, where consumers can pick up their orders at their convenience.

Jumia collaborates with Bata shoe store and Total to have some of their service points in Kampala & upcountry locations like Masaka, Fort Portal, Lira, Gulu and Mbarara available as a pickup point for Jumia’s customers.

This expansion is aimed to provide consumers with more access points to pick their Jumia orders especially those in upcountry regions. The new pick up stations also allow customers to pay cash as they pick up. Previously upcountry orders were restricted.

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Jumia will also be joining the fintech space with the launch of its online payment service ‘Jumia Pay’.

Jumia Uganda CEO Ron Kawamara
Jumia is on a path to attain profitability in 2020, assures Jumia Uganda CEO Ron Kawamara. Photo/TechJaja

The service which is currently live in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Egypt and Ivory Coast will provide consumers with a fast, safe and easy way to make cashless payments on the Jumia platform with potential financial services such as lending in the future.

Increasing the number of vendors selling on the platform will also play a key part in the Jumia growth plan. The e-commerce platform plans to acquire at least 400 new vendors monthly which will eventually trickle down into an increase in product assortment.

About Jumia

Jumia is a leading e-commerce platform in Africa. It is built around a marketplace, Jumia Logistics, and JumiaPay.

The marketplace helps millions of consumers and sellers to connect and transact. Jumia Logistics enables the delivery of millions of packages through our network of local partners. JumiaPay facilitates the payments of online transactions for Jumia’s ecosystem.

With over 1 billion people and 500 million internet users in Africa, Jumia believes that e-commerce is making people’s lives easier by helping them shop and pay for millions of products at the best prices wherever they live.

E-commerce is also creating new opportunities for SMEs to grow, and job opportunities for a new generation to thrive.