Kwik, an innovative delivery service firm, has officially launched its delivery solutions to merchants, entrepreneurs, businesses, government agencies and social vendors in Ibadan, Nigeria’s largest city by size.
The company, which dubbed Ibadan as “Africa’s largest village” and one of the fastest-growing urban areas in Nigeria, explained that the development was stimulated by the increasing difficulties in moving goods around the city. As a result, Kwik aims to play a significant role in solving this problem by delivering parcels from businesses to customers in under 60 minutes.
Kwik is also making available in Ibadan its KwikStore feature, a free-to-use online storefront tool that helps merchants automate their online sales and manage their inventory. By this, the company said setting up an online store now literally takes five minutes.
In addition, Kwik aims to feature over 500 partner vehicles located in Ibadan on its platform in the next 12 months, according to founder & CEO Romain Poirot-Lellig.
“The Lagos-Ibadan corridor is fast becoming the most dynamic industrial and commercial hub of West Africa thanks to improving infrastructure, unparalleled market depth and attractive local government policies. Kwik’s role is to ensure that all the moving parts can circulate effectively,” Poirot-Lellig remarked.
On her part, Yinka Olayanju, Kwik’s chief operations officer, said that e-commerce activities in Nigeria have continued to grow at a steady pace since 2015, with over 80 percent of Nigerians preferring to shop online from the comfort of their homes and have these products delivered to their doorsteps.
“With its isothermal bags, Kwik will ensure that all kinds of products arrive in mint condition,” Olayanju assured.
She added that the rising trend in online activities has led to a steep increase in public spending as well as all-round economic growth, both of which require logistics support of the kind that Kwik Delivery is best-equipped to provide.
Launched in 2019, Kwik has continued to evolve with new innovations, providing digital and logistics solutions to African B2B merchants and e-commerce social vendors in the fields of delivery, fulfillment, and payment.
The Kwik platform is currently open to merchants and businesses operating all over Nigeria, with last-mile delivery available in Lagos, Ogun, Abuja and, recently, Ibadan.