African e-commerce company Jumia has announced the launch of six new collection hubs in Ivory Coast, saying the hubs were opened in response to rapidly accelerating demand.
Jumia’s collection hubs are facilities where customers can pick up items ordered online.
Three of the new hubs have already been opened, in the cities of Yamoussoukro, Bouaké and San Pedro; while the hubs in the cities of Daloa, Gagnoa and Korogho are to open in the coming weeks.
Jumia said the openings mark the beginning of an aggressive expansion strategy in Ivory Coast, aimed at improving the online shopping experience by ensuring proximity to collection depots.
“This is the proof of our commitment to offer the finest products at the best price, especially with the best service throughout Ivory Coast. Jumia aims to successfully meet the expectations of inland populations, and we already have very good feedbacks on the newly opened branches,” said Francis Dufay, chief executive officer (CEO) of Jumia Ivory Coast.
Dufay said further hubs are to be opened in the coming months, including in the districts of Yopougon and Treichville.
“The plan is to bring to 8 the total number of Jumia branches in the country by the end of the second quarter,” he said.
To celebrate the openings, Jumia has also announced all deliveries throughout Ivory Coast will be free of charge during the month of March.
The new hubs are open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm, and Saturdays from 8.30am to 6pm.