Tanda allows shop owners order and receive their inventory on the same day plus it comes with the added benefit of vending digital financial services e.g airtime, utilities such as power and water bill payment, banking and insurance services.
“Tanda offers the widest product range,” says Geoffrey Mulei, Tanda’s founder and CEO. “We are the fastest online inventory delivery service on the continent (Under 1 hour) and we are the first inventory service to offer an automated credit facility.”
“Tanda is the first Inventory delivery service to give the retailer the ability to vend digital financial services,” he adds.
With over 200 kiosks spread across Kayole, Kawangware and Kariobangi, Tanda was inspired by the need to solve some of the most recurring inventory problems faced by micro-retailers.
The founder spent most of his childhood helping out at a kiosk. He got a front row seat to some of the challenges micro-retailers face when sourcing for inventory and running their business. Stemming from his passion for solving problems and technology, Mr. Mulei set out to design a solution that could make it easier to run a kiosk, using his experience in running a shop as a reference.
At the moment, the Tanda app comes with the following features;
Shop owners rarely know how much inventory they have at any given time up until they run out. We’ve designed a simpler way for them to record all their sales allowing them to know how much they’re stocking from anywhere and at any given time. Once they are almost out of a product, it alerts them and prompts them to reorder.
Traditionally, a shop owner has to make at least 5 calls before they get access to a commodity they’ve run out of. The firm has designed a simple way that connects the retailer with tanda’s network of suppliers, allowing the shop owner to get any good delivered to their outlet in under 1 hour
Many shop owners run out of stock and often do not have the money to reorder causing most of them to miss out on many sale opportunities. Leveraging historical purchasing data, Tanda allows retailers to order goods on credit and pay later.
The Tanda Wallet turns a kiosk into a one stop shop for popular digital financial services. Customers can now buy all airtime, pay their water & electricity bill and access banking & insurance services at a Tanda Agent.
Prior to Tanda, Mr. Mulei started his first company, Inkisha , dealing in environmentally friendly packaging, where he led a 3 year campaign to phase out plastic packaging in Kenya, earning him several major local and international awards. Mr. Mulei is now considered among the top 12 most influential social entrepreneurs in Africa and recently named among the to 40 under 40 men in Kenya by Business Daily.