A new partnership between Yobante Express and MPost, two of Africa’s most innovative start-ups, enables door-to-door deliveries between locations across the continent at a fraction of the cost.
Senegalese logistics start-up has finalised a partnership agreement with Kenya’s MPost, a ground-breaking start-up where mobile phones are “transformed” into postal addresses.
Oumar Basse (co-founder and chief executive at Yobante Express) that he and Badra Badji, his co-founder, have always admired MPost’s success.
“In five years, they have grown to over 200 000 registered users and 42 000 active users in Kenya. The virtual postal box is recognised by the Universal Postal Union, a United Nations arm that oversees 192 postal corporations globally.”
Basse’s announcement comes as Yobante Express celebrates a few months of global success. It was awarded the Best Scale from Africa and Europe award at Viva AfricArena Paris. In the previous month, it was also announced as the best emerging entrepreneur at AfricArena’s West African summit.
Yobante Express secured a bridge funding round of $1.2 million in September 2021 to allow it to scale up across Africa. According to reports, the company had a revenue run rate of $8 million and 2,000,000 parcels per year via its mobile platform and web.
According to the most current StartupList Africa data MPost has raised over $ 2 million in funding through four rounds from four investors. MPost was founded in 2015 by Abdulaziz Mohamed and Twahir Mohammed. It also has partnerships with PCK and mobile operator Safaricom.
Besides Senegal, Yobante Express has an impressive footprint covering more than 21 African countries – eight of which has an office presence. The founders plan to link these countries with European countries such as France, Belgium and Italy in the future.
It also plans to increase its infrastructure in Tanzania Uganda Rwanda Kenya and Kenya.
“This will complete our logistics corridor in that part of the continent, allowing local commerce and e-commerce to grow, and businesses and individuals to use our technology platform that enables complete track-ability, provides full customer service and reduces the prospect of loss or damage of the merchandise in this sub-region,” says Basse.
Delivery by MPost
Yobante Express’s delivery system can be enhanced by MPost.
“Thus, we blitz our expansion plan directly serving the Yobante Express Services offer to hundreds of thousands of MPost users in their home markets, plus allowing MPost to enter in all the markets Yobante has launched. We will jointly enter in new markets for the good sake of African consumers.”
Basse believes the MPost partnership “makes it easier to deliver parcels in cities, between cities and between countries with a significant gain of time and in a cost-effective manner versus any other player that will charge exaggerated fees for unreasonable delivery times.”
Basse and Mohamed, both Yobante Express (and MPost) being past participants in the Startupbootcamp AfriTech program accelerator programme, have already learned from their entrepreneurial journeys over the past four years.
“We have being discussing this mutual-benefit venture for a long period. Now, both of our companies are at an ideal and critical juncture from a growth-and-scale prospective and this collaboration can be a critical boost to both companies,” he says.
This partnership also offers logistics solutions to unique African problems. So, the next time you want a package delivered from Dakar to Nairobi, but you don’t have a reliable address in Nairobi because of Kenya’s lack of a proper, reliable addressing system, you can rest assured that Yobante Express and MPost will have you covered.
“This joint collaboration will help you get your package efficiently delivered in Kenya at your MPost mapped address with your phone number in few days and for cheap. Yobante carriers will route it via selected and AI-optimized hubs from our resilient mesh network of relay points all over your package journey,” Basse concludes.