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Logistics startup Kobo360 launches operations in Kenya


African e-Logistics startup Kobo360 has officially launched its operations in Nairobi, Kenya. The startup had announced plans to expand into Kenya back in March and has been in beta operation in the country for five months, with access to over 3,000 trucks and truck owners.

The new regional office, led by Kobo360 CEO – African region, Kagure Wamunyu, comes as the company looks to foster seamless intra-African trade by connecting and supporting cargo owners, truck owners & drivers, and cargo recipients.

Speaking at the official launch event in Nairobi, Wamunyu said, “Kobo360 has a deserved reputation for enabling an agile and connected supply chain, as well as reducing logistics frictions. Over the past five months, our homegrown team have been running operations in beta to ensure that we build a strong fleet of trucks and service businesses in Kenya looking to efficiently move goods.

The company is already delivering huge values and positive experiences to Kenyan logistic partners including Bidco Africa, Union Logistics Limited, and Intraspeed ARCPRO Kenya LTD as well as serving millers such as Bakhresa Group, Rafiki Millers and McNeel Millers.

”Since operating in beta, we’ve seen how they utilise technology to power enterprise and the logistics sector. We look forward to building a strong strategic partnership with Kobo360, as we fix supply chain inefficiencies across East Africa”. Wamuyu said.

Kobo360 efficiently connects end-to-end haulage operations to help cargo owners, truck owners and drivers, and cargo recipients to achieve an efficient supply chain framework. Through an all-in-one robust logistics ecosystem reducing logistics frictions in supply chain via a combination of Internet of Things (IOT), mobile technology and data analytics.

In less than six hours, Kobo360 matches a user’s request with a selection of quality trucks of all categories, anytime with service delivery guaranteed – no telephones, opaque pricing or expensive middlemen needed.

In 2019, Kobo360 launched in Uganda as well as Togo and Ghana, home to West Africa’s leading container ports, and was named as “Disrupter of the Year” at the highly acclaimed Africa CEO Forum Awards in 2019. Kobo360 recently announced the completion of a $30M fundraise, led by Goldman Sachs.

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I track and report on tech, business and African startups. Founder and Editor For TechTrendsKE. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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