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Jumia Closes Shop In Rwanda Days After Exiting Cameroon, Tanzania

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Jumia has closed its shop in Rwanda after six years of operation, days after exiting Tanzanian and Cameroonian market.

In a message to its customers the New York-listed e-commerce platform said it will cease operations in Rwanda on January 9, 2020.

“We regret to inform you that Jumia will suspend our on-demand delivery operations in Rwanda on January 9th 2020,” Jumia told its Rwandan customers on Monday.

Read: Jumia Closes Shop In Tanzania Days After Exiting Cameroonian Market

According to a seperate notice to Rwandan customers, starting December 9, 2019, Jumia will no longer accept cash on delivery and will only process pre-paid orders.

“No orders will be processed after 9th January 2019 at which point all customer accounts will be closed. Jumia prime subscribers will be contacted separately regarding their refund,” the firm said.

According to Jumia’s Managing Director for the Rwandan operations who spoke to The New Times, the group has been “struggling with profitability” in different markets, which informed the decision to suspend some operations.

Read: Jumia Exits Cameroon Market, Fires All Staff Without Notice

Two weeks ago, Jumia exited the Tanzanian market, days after it closed shop in Cameroon over reducing fortunes that have negatively affected its profitability.

In a statement, the company said that it is focusing its resources on other markets (that are profitable).

“While Tanzania has strong potential and we’re proud of the growth we’ve collectively seen stemming from Jumia’s adoption, we have to focus our resources on our other markets. It is important now than ever to put our focus and resources where they can bring the best value and help us thrive,” the company wrote.

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Written by Francis Muli

Senior reporter at Kahawa Tungu, Muli has a passion for human interest stories. He believes in unearthing societal rots that have been hidden from the public eye. He has also carved himself a niche in writing business stories. He has worked for various organisations including Kenya Television Service, Business Today among others. Follow him on Twitter @FmuliKE.
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