Parcel delivery firm United Parcel Services Inc (UPS) has partnered with Jumia, seeking to use the latter’s distribution network in Africa to expand.
The collaboration will initially cover Kenya, Morocco, and Nigeria, with plans for expansion to Ghana and Ivory Coast. Thereafter, it will roll out to the remaining African countries where Jumia operates (Algeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Uganda and South Africa).
This means that UPS customers will be able to pick-up or drop-off packages for sending across the world at Jumia’s stations in Kenya, Morocco and Nigeria. The deal will also see Jumia access UPS’ network in 220 countries.
UPS’s asset-light approach, like the Jumia partnership, allows businesses to quickly and reliably connect to new customers around the world through our global network, potentially accelerating their revenue growth. This partnership will help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa that make up 90% of all businesses on the continent and are the backbone of the economy.
Gregory Goba Ble, UPS’s Vice President of Engineering and Operations for the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa
Founded in 2012, Jumia has 1.5 million users in Kenya and 8 million on the continent. The company operates in 16 countries with over 3,000 pickup stations.
United Parcel Service is an American multinational shipping & receiving and supply chain management company founded in 1907. UPS has grown to become a Fortune 500 company and one of the world’s largest shipping couriers.
UPS is the largest courier company in the world by revenue, with annual revenues around $85 billion in 2020, ahead of competitors DHL and FedEx.