By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A deal meant to make lovers of quality pizzas have the food item promptly delivered to their doorsteps has been signed between Jumia and Pizza Hut.
Managing Director of Jumia’s food marketplace, Mr Guy Futi, explained that the partnership is expected to boost operational performance and last mile delivery in Nigeria.
Addressing newsmen at a press conference held at Pizza Hut in Lagos, Mr Futi said, “As the premier food delivery business in Nigeria, we are opening up our platform to enable our customers to order pizza from Pizza Hut while ensuring that it is delivered at record time.
“Currently, our average delivery time is less than 45 minutes which is the quickest in Nigeria. We are reinforcing our operations to further cut our average delivery time to guarantee that both food and pizza are delivered at best times to our customers while not compromising quality.”
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of Marathon Restaurant Africa, which manages and operates Pizza Hut in Nigeria, Mr Tony Ozanne, explained that as a recent entrant into the Nigerian market, they conducted extensive research to identify key players in the market and Jumia’s food marketplace was one of them, thus the partnership.
“Jumia’s Food marketplace has the platform and the customers. We felt that since we are new in Nigeria, we can ride on their back to get the traction we want.
“As from today, you can either walk into our three locations in Lagos (Ikoyi, Ikeja City Mall and Lekki) to buy pizza or take the convenient step by ordering on Jumia’s Food marketplace,” Mr Ozanne said.
On expansion plans in Nigeria, Mr Ozanne said, “In the next five years, we are looking at expanding our footprint to Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan and of course open more outlets in Lagos. And as we touch these cities and towns in Nigeria, so will our partnership with Jumia’s food marketplace grow.”
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