Glovo launches its first African micro fulfillment center in Nairobi, expands Q-commerce arm

KENYA – Global on-demand delivery platform Glovo, has launched its first micro fulfilment centre in Nairobi, Kenya, as the company expands its ‘Q-commerce’ division -next generation e-commerce.

Q-Commerce means that consumers can use Glovo to order from their favourite supermarkets and neighbourhood stores, and from now onwards, they can additionally order from Glovo Market.

Glovo Market uses the latest in in-store digital technology and dedicated resources to ensure the quickest possible delivery times with customers receiving their orders in 20 to 40 minutes.

The centre is located at AEA Plaza on Valley Road in Nairobi.

Glovo Market will be accessible through Glovo’s app or website and closed to walk in customers and the firm is working not only with supermarkets such as Carrefour and Naivas, but also with retail brands such as Bulkbox, Diageo, EABL, Reckitt, Heshba, Mesora, Wrigleys, Pernod Ricard, Kimberly Clark, and Farmers Choice just to name a few.

Oscar Pierre, CEO & Co-founder of Glovo, said COVID-19 impacted traditional brick-and-mortar retail. We believe that micro fulfilment centres represent an important part of the future of post-pandemic retail, and I think we will see a permanent shift to consumers buying groceries and other essential and convenience items from an app and website, rather than making such trips in person. Glovo ensures the fastest delivery times in Kenya and the new micro-fulfilment centre will help bring new innovations to the sector. We are excited to continue to expand our offering with new technological solutions and highly efficient infrastructure.”

“We believe that micro fulfillment centers represent an important part of the future of post-pandemic retail, and I think we will see a permanent shift to consumers buying groceries and other essential and convenience items from an app and website, rather than making such trips in person”

Oscar Pierre – Co-founder and CEO, Glovo

Glovo’s micro-fulfillment center will help expand the retail ecosystem, bringing several advantages and by using Glovo’s micro-fulfillment center, individuals and small businesses can open retail businesses, selling products on the Glovo’s platform which are fulfilled through Glovo warehousing and logistics (last mile) services.

By opening up MFC’s Glovo is also creating job opportunities and giving distributors and retailers additional sales channels.

In April 2021, Glovo raised €450 million in its Series F funding round led by New York-based investment managers Lugard Road Capital and the Luxor Capital Group which is the largest in history for a Spanish start-up.

Glovo said it will invest in expanding its footprint in the 20 markets in which it currently operates.

The focus of the funding for Glovo will centre around its Q-Commerce division and deepening its unique multi-category offerings in all the markets in which it operates.

 Automated micro-fulfillment centers allow companies with or without a brick-and-mortar footprint within a particular area to move fulfillment closer to customers in order to reduce transportation costs and enable shorter delivery times.

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