Asambe & Kuva’s Partnership Exhibits the Potential of Fintech, E-Commerce, & Electrical Mobility to Rework Africa
Asambe, an all-electric transportation and end-to-end logistics service, is scaling up operations constructing on its preliminary pilot and several other partnerships for supply companies. Asambe already has third celebration last-mile supply agreements with:
- FedEx, Zimbabwe (parcel deliveries)
- Baines Avenue Pharmacy, Zimbabwe (medical provides)
- Munch, Zimbabwe (meals supply)
- UberEats, South Africa (meals supply)
Asambe is actively looking for extra third celebration last-mile supply agreements in Zimbabwe and South Africa initially, driving on the sturdy worth proposition of electrical bicycles within the last-mile supply house. Electrical automobiles have decrease operational prices relative to petrol motorbikes because of considerably decrease gasoline and upkeep prices, permitting them to supply aggressive supply charges.
The bicycles are charged utilizing photo voltaic, which is inexpensive, dependable, regionally accessible, and environmentally pleasant, permitting them to supply uninterrupted companies in a market hit exhausting by loadshedding. That is one other instance exhibiting the great thing about PV and EVs.
Asambe is concentrated on the electrical bicycle supply area of interest because the mode of selection for all deliveries <20 km and packages <40 kg, and has additionally began to include small passenger hybrid electrical automobiles in its deliveries. The electrical bicycles have a 0.84 Wh battery pack, a high pace of 40 km/h, a spread of 60 km, and may be charged in about 5 hours.
The Asambe electrical bicycle really tells a very good story of a Southern African collaboration that’s nice for regional commerce between Zimbabwe and Namibia. The bicycles are made by e-Bikes for Africa, based mostly in Namibia, and have swappable batteries. “The battery swapping mannequin ends in diminished car downtime, assuaging vary anxiousness and permitting us to go additional,” says Kumbirai Makanza, Founding father of Asambe. The Asambe ream additionally consists of Frederick Kufa, Head Of Operations, and Fungai Dube, Inventive Director. “Electrical bicycles don’t require a licence, nor do they pay car tax. This widens the pool of relevant supply staff. As well as, electrical bicycles are agile and sooner in dense city visitors (i.e., rush hour), permitting us make use of youth and to get there sooner!”
Asambe lately partnered with Kuva Native, an e-commerce platform geared in direction of tapping the diaspora market. Kuva is finest recognized for its fintech product Kuva Cash. Kuva additionally has a beverage enterprise referred to as Koovha Beverages that features beer, cider, and glowing wine. Kuva goals to make use of not less than 30% photo voltaic vitality within the manufacturing of Koovha Beers and is within the strategy of eliminating use of plastic packaging. The partnership with Asambe may be very a lot aligned with their sustainability values. “As Asambe, we do all their deliveries throughout Harare with a mix of e-bikes and hybrid automobiles. We have now additionally began our personal e-commerce platform, Asambe shop. The platform goals to be the primary all-electric supply e-commerce website on the continent.” Asambe accomplished its Seed Capital Spherical earlier this yr that attracted funding from Power Ventures Africa amongst others.
Asambe is growing a sequence of delivery-only shared kitchens and warehouses throughout Zimbabwe. Advantages for retailers which take part within the areas embrace and aren’t restricted to:
- Unique entry to the Asambe e-commerce platform
- Lowered house rental price
- Low-cost, environment friendly enterprise scaling
- Entry to a variety of kitchen tools and home equipment
- Entry to the Asambe procurement system (which supplies economies of scale and reduces enter prices)
- Entry to advertising via Asambe platforms
- Most popular entry to Asambe Meals Markets
And most significantly:
- Entry to a very good vibe studying and sharing surroundings (ecosystem)
“We’re in a position to ship extra successfully as we use a system of shared kitchens and shared warehouses. This ensures orders come from a central location which covers sure excessive visitors zones. We have now a property in Avondale and a second in Helensvale. We’ll start our pilot within the Avondale location this coming week.”
Asambe’s shared kitchen and warehouse mannequin will decrease the boundaries to entry for younger entrepreneurs seeking to get into this business. Improvements within the fintech and e-commerce house are empowering companies throughout Africa. The addition of energy-efficient and low-cost electrical bicycles on this ecosystem seems to be set to unlock extra worth and catalyse financial development in these markets.
We’re beginning to see much more supply firms utilizing electrical bicycles and motorcycles. We hope to see extra of those throughout the continent. The transition to electrical mobility is effectively underway within the main car markets, similar to China, the USA, and Europe. The synergies between fintech, e-commerce, PV, and EVs might catalyse adoption in Africa, particularly within the electrical motorbike and bicycle markets.
All photographs courtesy of Asambe and Kuva.