AfricaCom 2019 to feature new AfricaTech Centre Stage

Tech takes
centre stage

New feature at
AfricaCom 2019.

Sunday, Sep 22nd

Jumia losses grow in spite of sales increase

Jumia losses grow in spite of sales increase

Pan-African e-commerce company Jumia saw its adjusted losses more than double in spite of sales increasing in the fourth quarter of last year, which the company put down to continued investment in building its product.

Jumia saw losses increase by 107.9% to hit EUR39.4 million, despite the company reporting a 22% increase in sales to EUR36.5 million.

The e-commerce platform has made a number of investments over the last year to build its ecosystem and improve efficiency, including launching its own payment platform, JumiaPay, to facilitate transactions between merchants and consumers.

Jumia also launched a consumer-facing payment mobile application - Jumia One - to enable customers to easily access digital services such as airtime, TV and utilities, and cut commissions to encourage more sellers to use its marketplace.

These initiatives drove up costs, but Jumia was able to report a 64.5% increase in gross merchandise volume (GMV), which hit EUR197.9 million compared with EUR120.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Jumia marketplace platforms also significantly scaled the number of orders, with year-on-year growth of 94%.

"We made great progress in 2017 with significant growth of the business, driven by technological innovations and improved relevance of the offering of goods and services. This growth is demonstrating the robust momentum in our core businesses and markets, and the increased adoption of online services by African consumers," said Jumia co-CEOs Sacha Poignonnec and Jeremy Hodara.

"We are also seeing good results from our strategy to further develop our logistics platform and our payment platform. Our customers continue to benefit from increasing access to great services, quality products, improved customer experience and the tremendous convenience of being able to shop online."

Jumia reached the threshold of 550 million visits across Africa in 2017, while the number of products available on the platform reached over five million. Over eight million packages were handled through the Jumia logistic platform.

ALSO ON ITWEB AFRICA

Westcon-Comstor adds South Africa to Trend-Micro footprint Published on 30 August 2019

Partnership established to grow South African channel reach and create a wider distribution footprint across the continent.

Westcon-Comstor expands international footprint into India Published on 20 September 2019

Westcon-Comstor, has announced it has expanded its Global Deployment Solutions (GDS) capability into India.