KENYA – A Nigerian freight logistic firm, has started its operations in Kenya after being in experimental operations for five months.

The firm announced that it has launched its operations in Nairobi, Kenya, with access to over 3,000 trucks and truck owners. The platform started as an app, linking shippers, forwarding firms and truckers.

Kobo360 is eyes the intra-African trade space in order to support the thousands of freight companies who require a safe, reliable and cost-effective delivery of their goods to cargo recipients across the region.

Speaking during the launch, Kobo360 CEO for African region, Kagure Wamunyu said that the firm was attracted into East Africa by Mombasa port which handles more than 13 million tonnes of region-bound cargo every year.

“Kobo360 has a deserved reputation for enabling an agile and connected supply chain, as well as reducing logistics friction, “she said.

 “Over the past five months, our home-grown team have been running operations in beta to ensure that we build a strong fleet of trucks and service businesses in Kenya looking to efficiently move goods.”

 “Our presence in Kenya means we are in a position to leverage on the nation’s high technology adoption rate to fuel logistics in East Africa and beyond,” she added.

The African e-Logistics start-up efficiently connects an end-to-end operation to help cargo owners, truck owners and drivers, and cargo recipients to achieve an efficient supply chain framework.

Through an all-in-one robust logistics ecosystem reducing logistics frictions in supply chain via a combination of Internet of Things (IOT), mobile technology and data analytics.

In less than six hours, Kobo360 matches a user’s request with a selection of quality trucks of all categories, anytime with service delivery guaranteed – no telephones, opaque pricing or expensive middlemen needed.

The firm currently connects over 4,000 users including Dangote Cement, Unilever and LaFarge. In Kenya, its partners include Bidco Africa, Union Logistic, Bakhresa Group, Rafiki Millers and McNeel Millers.