By Nnamdi Odumody
The Nigerian ecommerce market is estimated at over $15billion with growth potential to $75 billion by 2025 according to McKinsey. As a result of poor delivery timeline, and high cost in price and logistics for delivery due to absence of logistics infrastructure, safety concerns as regards data leak of customers, and quality of product, the sector is experiencing low impact and penetration. These factors have contributed to a high increase of unhappy customers, and shut down of several ecommerce platforms over the past 5 years.
One Kiosk Africa is Africa’s first ecommerce platform with community inclusiveness as its focuses on connecting communities and people with what they desire and love in 59 minutes. It connects people to merchants within a 1-2 km radius in their locale to deliver whatever product they need after payment has been made. Its ecommerce platform wants to solve the problem of poor turnaround time to connect with merchants within a neighborhood and associated cost of logistics involved to deliver online orders. It uses GPS technology to match and track the nearest merchant to you within the shortest possible distance. Through its artificial intelligence algorithm, user behavior and need patterns are tracked to match them with the best merchants around them in real time.
With over 15,000 active users comprising merchants and consumers which is expected to increase by 400 percent, once its mobile application is launched later this year. By December 2019, it will have created about 100,000 direct and indirect jobs in Nigeria serving about 250,000 users.
In the next 12 months, it wants to serve at least half a million customers and communities through its platform. It intends to introduce workable offerings for its merchants to increase their capacity to effectively take control of their delivery system, either by absorbing its One Pro Delivery members, or create its own system and grow to over 3.5 million users in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt and South Africa, creating over 1 million direct and indirect jobs through its platform ecosystem.