Barcelona based delivery start-up Glovo launches in Kenya, Ghana & Egypt to transform the hyper-local delivery sector


Glovo, a Barcelona based start-up has launched in Kenya, Ghana and Egypt in a move to transform the way consumer access to local goods, enabling anyone to get nearly any product delivered in less than 60 minutes.

Presently in Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, and launching across Africa, Glovo’s on-demand mobile application connects customers with independent local couriers, who acquire goods from any restaurant or shop in a city and also deliver urgent packages for a variable fee.

Founded in 2015 by Oscar Pierre and Sacha Michaud in Barcelona, Glovo has raised a total funding amount of 152.1 M Euros and is currently hiring for its Africa operations especially targeting to work with restaurants, grocery shops, Super Markets, Gifts, Pharmacies, and Courier.

The platform’s features include geolocation, which allows customers to track their deliveries in real time and locate the nearest glover (courier), thus optimizing speed and distance.

“It´s like a new personal courier available to everyone that runs your errands immediately and on demand,” the firm says.

The firm is hiring Glovers or independent couriers connected to its platform and own a bike or vehicle and smartphone, and want to make money out of their free time.
To use the platform one has to choose a product of one of the categories to have it send or picked. The firm charges a small delivery fee for the orders based on distance and on the agreement with every store. 

Glovo also allows users to schedule a delivery or can use the app to buy any product or make your deliveries and express messages in the city. Users can also use the app to make a big purchase from the supermarket and use motorbikes or bicycles to deliver their shopping.

Any returns or complaints about the product will be made directly in local commerce by consumers without involving Glovo. Glovo also has a liability insurance to respond to any incident. The platform accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express and is adding other local payments services across Africa.

Glovo’s competition will be GoBeba, Sendy, GetBoda among others.