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Shipsy Hires Former Jumia COO to Meet African Expansion Target

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A leading global SaaS-based smart logistics management platform provider, Shipsy, intends to push its services aggressively across Africa and to achieve this, it has contracted the services of a former chief operating officer of Jumia Group. Mr Apoorva Kumar.

The company is doing this as online commerce is gaining significant momentum on the continent and is opening up lucrative opportunities for SaaS-based logistics management platform providers.

Since the last few quarters, Shipsy has rapidly grown its presence in African markets by onboarding customers in the courier, express and parcel, last-mile delivery, e-commerce, and retail segments.

Its commitment to transform the continent’s logistics operations was mirrored in its plan to onboard local talent, explore technology partnerships and boost customer service.

Shipsy empowers retailers and logistics service providers to respond to such critical market opportunities by automating core logistics processes.

Its advanced AI and automation-powered logistics management solutions optimise routes based on business objectives and real-time constraints. They proactively address transportation risks, boost serviceability, automate carrier selection and ensure sustainable, profitable and customer-centric deliveries. The brand is a preferred logistics technology partner to 200+ businesses worldwide.

Mr Kumar, who has over a decade of experience building supply chain operations in Africa and GCC, is joining the advisory team for the African market.

“In the last 10 years, I have seen the growth of logistics in Africa and the Middle East with close quarters, and it presents massive opportunities.

“Having used Shipsy’s solutions as a client before, I now look forward to working closely with Soham and the team to take it to newer heights and continue to create impact in the African logistics space,” Mr Kumar said.

The co-founder of Shipsy, Soham Chokshi, while commenting, said, “The growth in Africa’s online commerce has been inspiring.

“Shipsy’s technology will play a pivotal role in helping realize the objectives of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), especially with regard to reducing transportation costs and delays and improving service quality.

“With Apoorva joining us as an advisor for Africa, we are confident we will rapidly proliferate the African market.”

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