Spanish delivery firm Glovo has announced plans to expand into Rongai and Ngong this week owing to increased demand for home and office delivery services.
The move will bring the number of regions in which Glovo has a presence in locally to six with the firm currently operational in Nairobi, Kitengela, Nakuru and Mombasa.
According to the firm’s newly appointed General Manager Priscilla Muhiu Covid-19 taming precautions such as social distancing have limited the free movement of people and this has led to a surge in the number of delivery requests locally.
“Anything legal can be delivered. We are going to combine Rongai and Ngong in our expansion. We are expanding to where our customers and partners are. The firm is also targeting Kisumu and Eldoret by end of this year,” the Glovo GM, who took over from William Benthall on Tuesday last week, said.
To satisfy the increased demand, the firm has partnered with more than 3,000 stores that offer products ranging from food, drinks, groceries and clothing.
“We are looking at everyone in the market and we are ready to serve them,” Ms. Muhiu added.
The Glovo GM consequently lauded the growth of online shopping terming it a vital cog in modern day business ecosystems.
“People were skeptical about online shopping but this is changing. We expect online shopping to continue growing. Companies that don’t evolve may suffer,” Ms. Muhiu said.
Glovo has been on an aggressive expansion drive ever since it began local operations in January 2019. Four months after successfully setting up shop, the firm raised Ksh. 17 billion to expand its continental reach and delivery portfolio.
The raised amount has been used to expand the delivery firm’s footprint in the Sub-Saharan countries of Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania while similarly expanding its delivery portfolio to include not only food and groceries but also drinks, gifts, laundry, pharmacy products, and courier services.