As Ugandans celebrated Christmas and get prepared for the ushering in 2022, online businesses took advantage to make huge sales and profits. Jumia Uganda and Kikuubo Online are but among the many online companies which have grown tremendously, largely due to COVID-19, capturing the majority of urban dwellers depending on them for essential home deliveries.
The year 2021 opened up with a great deal of hope and optimism following COVID-19 changing people’s lives from how they move, work, make money, travel and shop. Over the course of the year, events slowly begun to feature in people’s lives. The pandemic affected urban dwellers, allowing them to see a shift in how to celebrate the holidays they know and love. Christmas seems to be no exception with many saying Christmas is canceled.
However, leading e-commerce platform Jumia Uganda, is changing that narrative with the launch of yet another money-saving campaign just in time for Christmas dubbed Jumia Festive Sale. The Jumia Festive Sale, which kicked off on December 7 ran up to December 20 on the online shopping platform, featured discounts and offers on much-needed Christmas essentials such as supermarket items, home appliances and even Christmas trees.
“The festive season is a time for giving and what better way to give back to our consumers than with savings during these unprecedented times. This year many people are worried that Christmas will be canceled because of COVID-19, but at Jumia we are urging our consumers to embrace a new way of Christmas shopping,” Jumia Uganda CEO Ron Kawamara said.
“Our festive sale will not only focus on discounting much needed essentials such as basic supermarket essentials, but will also be offering safety and convenience to consumers,” he added.
The pandemic has highlighted the immense benefits of online shopping, from safety to affordable price points for the consumers, and a continued revenue channel for the vendors and this year’s festive season will be no different.With the Jumia Festive Sale, both consumers and vendors were able to leverage the benefits of e-commerce and online shopping to enjoy the Christmas period.
Kikuubo Online is another fast-growing business entity in Kampala. Many of us are always looking out for the cheaper options when buying goods. The place known to many people is Kikuubo, a Luganda language term loosely translated as “a narrow and congested street” where people get products at relatively cheap prices. Kikuubo serves as the wholesale go to place for many duukas (shops), supermarkets, wholesalers and retailers alike.
The products that Kikuubo offers are mainly Fast Moving Consumer Goods and so much more.
While one is able to get these goods to stock up their shop, they have to deal with inconveniences like closing up their shop to go downtown, dealing with bad weather and the ever-present inconvenience of navigating through the Kampala traffic.
That was the case. At least until Kikuubo Online, a comprehensive online wholesale and retail company decided to bring Kikuubo to consumers at the tap of a button. The Kikuubo Online app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and on the app store for Apple users. And just like that, your stocking problems will be solved.
Shop owners and shopkeepers do not have to worry about leaving their businesses unattended or closed to run up and down, looking for best prices and losing valuable time in the process since Kikuubo Online offers very competitive prices and stocks over 2000 plus items. Kikubo Online deliveries use all modes of transport to deliver the merchants to their customers. These range from use of motorcycles, delivery vans and pick up vehicles. Kikuubo Online, like other e-commerce sites, is able to deliver the goods you ordered for within 24 hours. The company delivers goods within Wakiso, Kampala central business district, its suburbs and surrounding areas. They intend to scale up operations to the rest of the country.
Alice Nakalema, a devoted customer of Kikuubo Online who has retail stores around the city is a happy and visibly relaxed woman since discovering and downloading the Kikuubo Online App. “I have four businesses in Kansanga, Wandegeya, Nansana and Kulambiro. It’s a nightmare having to stock up all my four shops. You can imagine all the money, energy and coordination I have to put into having all my shops stocked up. It’s time consuming and draining to say the least!” She added that with this app, she can “now have peace of mind when it comes to stocking up.”