TradeDepot Acquires Ghana’s Green Lion to Boost Service Delivery

February 24, 2022
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By Adedapo Adesanya

TradeDepot, an innovative business-to-business platform in Africa, has announced the acquisition of Green Lion, the biggest and fastest-growing B2B e-commerce platform in Ghana, to accelerate the delivery of its services across the country.

The company, which raised a $110 million Series B funding round in December, is already active in South Africa and Ghana, and will now be expanding further across the latter after acquiring Green Lion.

Founded in 2018, Green Lion works to revolutionise access to essential goods and services and enables digital commerce for neighbourhood retailers in Ghana.

Building on this work, TradeDepot will leverage its data, technology and robust logistics operations to connect more neighbourhood retailers in more Ghanaian cities to suppliers and make financing more accessible and affordable.

According to the company, Ghana’s retail sector is valued at $24.4 billion and is expected to reach $33.16 billion by 2024, with SME retailers accounting for about 90 per cent of the market.

This acquisition will expedite the delivery of TradeDepot’s services to more cities to enable increased sales, higher margins and other value-added services for all parties across the retail value chain.

Speaking on this, Mr Onyekachi Izukanne, CEO and co-founder of TradeDepot, said, “Ghana represents a significant market for consumer goods in Africa and we are excited to bring the Green Lion team onboard to drive growth and prosperity for more retailers and distributors in the country.

“We look forward to deepening our relationship with the market and working with more partners to maximise the opportunities that abound in Ghana and beyond.”

TradeDepot will take on all existing Green Lion Africa relationships and assets in Ghana. The Green Lion team will also be joining TradeDepot to support the mission to build the future of retail and make food and supplies more accessible and affordable for even the most remote consumers on the continent.

Green Lion’s Mr Jorge de Rojas said he was delighted to join the TradeDepot family and continue Green Lion’s work in helping neighbourhood retailers across Africa thrive.

“It is an exciting time for B2B e-commerce in Africa and we are thrilled by the opportunity to drive more value in the Ghanaian ecosystem and all over the continent,” he said.

Founded in 2016, TradeDepot connects consumer goods brands in Africa directly to a target market of several million retail outlets across the continent. Via its ShopTopUp platform, the startup offers a broad range of consumer goods to SME retailers within its network and provides credit lines to enable these retailers to access inventory and pay in instalments as they sell on to their own customers

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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