After Raising Close To $70 Million, E-Commerce Company, JUMIA Builds A 90,000 sqft Warehouse in Lagos
As it celebrates its first year anniversary today, Nigeria’s largest online retailer, JUMIA is moving into its 90,000 square foot warehouse located in Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos, just a month after it raised $35 million in funding from Millicom.
Boasting the largest e-commerce campus in West Africa, JUMIA’s new warehouse is expected to house about 500 employees who would be providing services its over 500,000 customers. JUMIA claims to deliver the widest range of products in the country and it is expected that its new warehouse would allow it to even grow further.
“We started with three employees building up an e-commerce platform in Nigeria, the company’s co-founder Raphael Afaedor said in a statement. “Now, we have more than 500 employees and offer Nigerian youth great opportunities to work in one of the leading e-commerce companies in Africa.”
It is expected that the new warehouse would help the e-commerce company to hold a large volume of a range of products, although the company hasn’t been great with prompt delivery based on several feedback from its customers.
JUMIA’s Public Relations Lead, Afam Anyika told Techloy that its latest milestones would make it possible for the company to hire more staff in the customer service, delivery and supply chain logistics department. But whether or not this would help the company’s image in customer service and delivering of products to customers on time remains to be seen.
Earlier in March this year, the Rocket Internet-backed e-commerce company received $26 million (USD) in funding from Summit Partners, as well as Jumia an undisclosed amount of funding from JP Morgan in October 2012.
See this video below showing my interview with JUMIA’s co-founder, Tunde Kehinde at the recently concluded Mobile Web West Africa 2013 in Lagos, Nigeria.
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