E-commerce firm Copia Global sets up a new distribution hub in Nairobi to run thousands of deliveries a day



Copia Global, a direct to end consumer e-commerce enabled shopping service has set up a new central distribution centre at warehousing facilities firm Africa Logistics Properties in a move that will enable it run thousands of deliveries a day.

According to Tim Steel, CEO of Copia Global, “Copia provides a unique direct to end consumer e-commerce enabled shopping service, bringing choice, convenience and opportunity to rural and peri-urban customers across Kenya. This involves a complex and challenging supply chain. We are very excited to be relocating our fulfilment centre operation to ALP North Logistics Park. The facility is ideally located for us and our suppliers and perfectly suited for us to reliably meet the day definite delivery needs of our customers. It will allow us to continue our rapid growth in using e-commerce to supply FMCG, construction and farming inputs more effectively and efficiently directly to previously underserved communities.”

Copia Global has signed a long term lease for nearly 4,500 sqm of ALP North Logistics Warehousing Complex to benefit from the highest pallet densities in the market and therefore the lowest pallet storage costs per square metre. Copia will be able to run thousands of deliveries a day from the e-commerce company’s new central distribution centre to its agent network across the regions.

“E-commerce requires distribution efficiencies, rapid access, ease of entry and exit, and modern logistics software, to achieve truly efficient warehouse management,” said Toby Selman CEO of ALP.

ALP, rents its modern warehouse units to occupiers on long term leases, has already leased 14,000 sqm of its Phase 1 warehousing to Freight Forwarders. The Phase 1 warehousing will be complete for occupation in September 2018. 

“Copia has a fast growing business model serving the rural regions of Kenya with FMCG products. By operating from Nairobi’s first grade-A logistics distribution complex, it will gain significant competitive advantage, benefitting from lower supply chain costs per pallet, and ultimately benefitting Kenyan consumers,” said Toby Selman.

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The need for sophisticated warehousing and logistics facilities is key for e-commerce operations.