Out of Africa

Supply Chain Shaman

The conference was heavily dominated by third-party logistics firms, consultants and technology providers. One of my favorite presentations at the event was by Francis Marabula, Executive head of Supply Chain, Safaricom, Kenya. He spoke of M-Pesa and the evolution of new models for mobile commerce in Kenya. It started with simple money transfers in 2007 and now includes a range of services. He forecasted that today, robotics could save 10% of logistics labor costs.

Africa 211

List of Top 65 Marketplaces Across the Globe in 2019


Launched in 2014, Kilimall operates in Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya. Launched in 2007, Flipkart is India’s leading ecommerce marketplace with over 80 million products across 80+ categories and sub-categories. With over 100 logistic partners , Lazada can easily help you sell across the SEA countries. In 2021, over 2.14 billion people worldwide are expected to buy goods and services online [1]. That is roughly 30% of the current world population. Just imagine.