Jumia Food: One more Food App to Get you Out of Hunger

JUMIA FOOD APP MAY JUST BE STANDING OUT IN AFRICA WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD DELIVERY, EVEN RIGHT HERE IN NIGERIA. 

Though fintech and online retail stores are flourishing in Nigeria, one cannot say same for food tech in the country. With a handful gathering of food apps in the country, many Nigerian are not adopting the culture yet. However, a slow but gradual success is being recorded in the industry and there seems to be an actual future for food tech in Nigeria.

That said, I doubt any food delivery account in Nigeria be complete without mentioning JumiaFood. Why? Well here is why, JumiaFood with an impressive and Characteristic Jumia type marketing, has gained all the right publicity in Lagos, spreading into Abuja, Port Harcourt and other parts of Nigeria, in a away most other apps have not. By buying over HelloFood, this company "took hold" of the food delivery world in Nigeria>

The JumiaFood Nigeria app lets consumers find and order food from restaurants around them. The app today stands among the leading food delivery apps in Nigeria (if not the leading), with a friendly interface and an easy to use platform. The app lets the users estimate delivery time, preorder and filter restaurants and also the platforms notifies users when restaurants are running deals, basically what every other food app would offer. But Over the years, JumiaFood has gained popularity in Nigeria like it has around other major African countries. Buying over the successful food tech company, HelloFood was a huge highlight for Jumiafood.

Wanna try it out? Download the Jumiafood app Here on andrioid and HERE on iOS.

Building up to the release of our comprehensive report on “The Future of Food in Africa”, TINK Africa is focusing on Food and Drink in Nigeria, Africa and the World. From new technologies in the food industry to new packaging ideas to New 21 Century African kitchen. Stay with us to get the full report here on our website.

Gingerbox is Delivering Good Health To Families in Lagos, Nigeria

A NIGERIAN STARTUP IS OFFERING INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS IN LAGOS CONVENIENT AND CONSISTENT ACCESS TO FRESH & AFFORDABLE FRUITS,VEGETABLES AND HEALTHY SNACKS.

Via Gingerbox

Via Gingerbox

One challenge most people eating healthy in Nigeria face is a slight difficulty in access to healthy, fresh and reliable fruits/vegetables.. Super markets and malls in town may have little to few fruits and vegetable supply for consumers, this leaves most buyers no option but returning to the very busy, hectic local markets.

A Nigerian Startup which started operation late 2014 took up the task on the shoulders of Healthy eating  Lagosians to supply and deliver fresh healthy food to buyers. The startup Gingerbox which was formerly known as Jaramall decided to focus on healthy food, a decision made off feedback from users on their former platform. The feedback highlighted a market in online delivery of healthy food.

Via gingerbox

Via gingerbox

Originally Gingerbox focused on delivery to corporate organizations only, but today the startup has expanded to serve individuals and families in Lagos. Users subscribe to receive boxed produced off the variety of carefully planned boxers. Available boxes range from Fruits & vegetables to meat/sea food to dried nuts and fruits.  Following the selection and order, Gingerbox delivers.

Building up to the release of our comprehensive report on “The Future of Food in Africa”, TINK Africa is focusing on Food and Drink in Nigeria, Africa and the World. From new technologies in the food industry to new packaging ideas to New 21 Century African kitchen. Stay with us to get the full report here on our tinkafrica.

Think before You Buy

A NEW PLATFORM IS OFFERING LAGOSIANS FREE MARKET COMPARISON OF PRODUCT AND SERVICES

Product Comparison / Photo via pexels.com

Product Comparison / Photo via pexels.com

Shoppers in Lagos can now make informed choices before shopping or using any service. Gidicompare is an online market comparison platform. With details of two or more products side by side, the buyer is able to weigh his options. Though the solutions is still in its early stage, the innovation is applaudable as users are also offered the same solution for services covering restaurants, bars, clubs, handy men, creatives etc.

On their website they boast of being completely independent, thereby being unbiased and unflawed. With full details of cost and the option to compare prices, this platform taps into a very cultural background of most Nigerian shoppers. The reality of price comparison and bargaining in the market place is a cultural truth in most Nigerian markets.

 

The future of Fashion Industry & Commerce

WE HAVE REASONS TO BELIEVE THAT FASHION FAIRS ARE THE FUTURE OF THAT INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE

Fashion fairs is the new face of the fashion industry and simultaneously commerce. I am not one to care or get excited about shopping, if it is not online or thrifting. While I am not also a social human being, the combination of shopping and social networking sounds like a perfect synergy especially in today's world where technology and social media have replaced people. You know so get out there, meet real life people and fill up your wardrobe with goodies, works right?

By fashion fairs I mean pop-up sales, yard sales, and any events generally organized with a side aim of social resource which in this case is people. I'm not a shop owner or a designer, but i know that on the average, a higher amount of sales would be recorded at a sale than who knows maybe even a week at the shop. A good example of such a fair is The Lagos International Trade Fair (The crowd is enormous, I got lost there as a kid and had to sing my way back to my mom), it is an annual 10-day event which starts from the first Friday in November since 1981; organized by The Lagos Chamber and Commerce Industry, having fashion, clothing& textile as one of their categories, this is a great avenue to explore sales and harness key networking opportunities. 

Irrespective of how far up the success ladder a business has climbed, marketing is still core for business continuity and growth to stay relevant and break even; this and many more are the many opportunities that fashion trade shows offer. On a platter, what these shows offer are visibility in a nutshell; certainly helps boost sales, connect with other directly or indirectly related brands in the industry. 

A tradeshow environment allows retailers to see product in person, establish what’s trending in their marketplace, and get comprehensive product information in one contained location. It is also a unique opportunity for them to build relationships with their vendors.
— Camille Candella. Vice President of Marketing for Emerald Expositions

We have a list of popular fashion fairs for you guys to keep up with below:

- Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) || Lagosfashionanddesignweek.com

Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) is a multiday fashion event platform that aims to drive the Nigerian and ultimately, the African fashion industry; by bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of African designers in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. Beyond the runway, the annual event provides a physical platform that’s gradually repositioning fashion as a useful tool for commerce and creativity in Nigeria.

Features:

// LFDW Runway Shows and Presentations featuring new season collections from designers in the African fashion industry
// LFDW Showrooms featuring fashion products, textiles and accessories
// Fashion Focus supported by LFDW Fashion Hub – workshops and master classes that facilitate knowledge transfer, information exchange and networking opportunities across board
// Fashion Business Series to facilitate conversations with key players from the Nigerian and Pan African fashion industry as a useful tool for exchanging ideas, networking and developing the fashion industry.

- Mente De Moda || Mentedemoda.com

"Mente de Moda is a youth empowerment initiative that focuses on giving the small or medium scale business owner that much needed edge in a harsh economic climate, SME’s with interests in fashion, art, food, lifestyle & or gift items."

First organized in 2011 only twice and returned in 2013 to become a bi-monthly event. In 2015 it became a monthly event
This way increasing the chances of the Entrepreneurial Nigerian Youth to showcase their work/trade and network with other like minded individuals. 

- GTBANK FSHN WKN || fshwknd,gtbank.com

The GTBank Fashion Weekend is a consumer focused fashion exhibition and capacity building

 

 

The GTBank Fashion Weekend is a consumer focused fashion exhibition and capacity building event that aims to promote enterprise within the fast growing Nigerian Fashion Industry.

MOVING ON FROM FOOD DELIVERIES.

IS COLLECTIVE DELIVERY THE WAY TO THE CONSUMERS' HEART?

Those who are avid users of instagram, would know about this viral meme “if I could get back all the money I’ve spent on food”. Truth is, a lot of money is being spent not just on the food but on the delivery service.

Case study

PLATFORM CREATED BY GREEN SUMMIT

PLATFORM CREATED BY GREEN SUMMIT

 Virtual eateries have been created by a company called the Green Summit Group; they operate several food-delivery services out of central commissaries in midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Chicago. In New York alone, Green Summit's brands offer all sorts of cuisine "concepts," including meatballs, salad/sandwich/juice, and burgers/grilled cheese.

TODD MILLMAN AND PETER SCHATZBERG, CO-OWNERS OF GREEN SUMMIT

TODD MILLMAN AND PETER SCHATZBERG, CO-OWNERS OF GREEN SUMMIT

While Green Summit brand can decide to set up its own e-commerce websites and avoid the third-party fees, delivery services such as Seamless, Eat24, UberEats, and Doordash effectively serve as gatekeepers for any urban restaurant hoping to build a delivery business in 2017; not having an actual storefront means Green Summit can switch menus rapidly.

GOOD UNCLE APPLICATION

GOOD UNCLE APPLICATION

Good Uncle is also a virtual eatery platform, a New York-based startup which is currently test-marketing at Syracuse University in upstate New York. The company sets up agreements with established restaurants with limited or no delivery service in Syracuse to license their recipes and then recreate them in the Good Uncle commissary. Users, who are predominantly college students and the current target market then order meals through the Good Uncle app or through GrubHub and pick them up from one of several stops along a predetermined campus delivery route.

MOBILE FOOD DELIVERY SERVICE

MOBILE FOOD DELIVERY SERVICE

The company recently raised $2.2 million; founder Wiley Cirelli is an early stage Seamless employee who later founded SinglePlatform before selling it for $100 million in 2012. Cirelli says Good Uncle’s cooks use the exact same ingredients as the restaurants they license menu items from and train with those outlets' own cooks so dishes can be replicated as precisely as possible. Good Uncle sells these meals at student-friendly prices that range from $7 to $16 per item. And because customers pick up their food at a central pickup point, they pay no delivery fee.

The Future of Food Delivery

Asides and beyond innovations related to diversifying and structuring food delivery services, more consumer based plans and methods of operation should be imbibed; a monthly if you like or could be quarterly, annually analysis on consumer behaviour should be run and the results deduced should be the fuel of the next phase of activities.