Senegalese delivery startup Yobante Express expands to SA as revenues grow

29 November 2019

Digital Content

Senegalese startup Yobante Express, which has developed an innovative way of making last mile deliveries quicker and cheaper, has expanded to South Africa as the first stop on what it plans will be a pan-African journey.

Founded in November 2018, Yobante Express is an online marketplace that connects local couriers with local commerce to optimise domestic, cross-border and last mile delivery.

Its web and mobile platform uses gig economy, independent and casual couriers within a resilient mesh network of relay points to deliver packages from point to point until the last mile, twice as fast and 40 per cent more affordably than existing solutions.

To start a journey, a client requests delivery using the startup’s app or directly at the nearest relay point. Once there, the independent agent packs the item into a Yobante-branded parcel and attaches a shipping label that contains a unique online tracking barcode. The startup’s machine learning algorithm determines an optimised route for that parcel.

A motorcycle rider, bus or truck driver then takes that parcel to the next relay point. This process iterates over and over until the very final delivery. At that point, the recipient uses a unique four-digit PIN code to confirm the receipt of the parcel. Read the full article on Disrupt Africa here