Naspers’-backed online classifieds firm OLX has partnered with logistics firm G4S in a move that will see sellers deliver goods to buyers with ease as well as boost user safety online as OLX sellers will safely deliver their items to G4S centers, a move that is likely to cut down fraudlent transactions by almost three-thirds.
In a statement, OLX country manager Peter Ndiang’ui said, “This partnership will enable us, as OLX to enhance the safety of our users and to also lessen the burden of transport on them even as more traders, micro-businesses and consumers troop to our platform every day to sell both New and Unused items.”
Ndiang’ui added that the partnership will see OLX users do delivery at subsidized rates and also bring the goods closer to their doorstep for convenience. OLX is not ditching its business model and will never stock inventory or sell any. It will always be a platform connecting sellers to buyers and vice versa.
“This partnership goes a long way to deliver our commitment to provide convenient and secure service to our customers. The seller will be asked to set a security question that is to be answered by the buyer upon collection of the package with necessary identification documents including original ID/Passport”, said G4S Secure Logistics Director, Geoffrey Mwove.
The delivery service will see sellers on the OLX platform deliver shipment to the nearest G4S collection center for dispatch to the buyer within Nairobi region.