Following the breakout of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country and the potential lock down, Nigerian e-commerce companies, Jumia and Konga are both offering discounts on orders made on their platforms.
According to the e-commerce companies the discounts were implemented to cushion the effects of a possible lock down on their customers.
E-commerce promotes social distancing
Since the Covid-19 pandemic spread into Nigeria, the government has taken several measures to mitigate the spread. This includes sensitizing Nigerians on basic hygiene like washing hands regularly and practising social distancing in order to protect themselves from the spreading virus.
With the increasing number of infection in the country, many Nigerians are opting for social distancing and self-isolating themselves in their homes. Currently, there are 46 reported cases of Covid-19 infection in Nigeria.
However, while in self-isolation people still need basic items like groceries, toiletries among other things. E-commerce allows them to make all these purchases from the comfort of their homes while still protecting themselves.
Jumai offers price slash on over 6 million home essential products and groceries
To mitigate the effects that a possible restriction of movement would have, Jumia Nigeria has offered its customers discounts on products.
Speaking on the price slash, Jumia Nigeria CEO, Massimiliano Spalazzi, said the company has over six million home essential products and groceries that Nigerians to choose from.
The discount runs alongside Jumia Tech Week themed ‘Upgrade Your Life’, where Nigerians get the opportunity to save money by getting value for less on global gadget brands of their choice for 7 days.
Jumia Tech Week gives Nigerians discounted deals on over 10,000 gadget products including global brands like Samsung, Intel, HP, Microsoft, Nexus and Scanfrost
Also to help curb the spread of the virus Jumia is running a
Stay Safe campaign aimed at providing consumers access to hygiene products especially now that its in high demand due to the spreading pandemic.
Konga announced N10 million Covid-19 intervention package
Similar to Jumia, Konga has also offered discounts to its customers through vouchers. this is part of its plans to help cushion the effects of the spreading virus.
To this end, Konga is offering a N10 million intervention package which will be disbursed to customers through vouchers. According to the company, the funds will go towards offsetting purchases made during this period.
“We know that many of our customers are experiencing uncertainties resulting from this global outbreak. To help during this challenging time, we are offering N10m in vouchers to support their purchases this season.
Apart from the relief fund, Konga has also announced that all purchases will be delivered for free. It added that it had equipped all delivery agents will safety equipment and trained them on social distancing in order to maximize safety against the virus even when delivering.
“Deliveries are now Super-Safe & Free. We have equipped our last-mile delivery agents and partners with gloves and face-masks.
During this Global Covid-19 pandemic, it is important people take every preventive measure to protect themselves from the virus. Therefore using e-commerce instead of going to supermarkets to make all your purchases is a good option in order to maintain social distancing.
Also, with both Konga and Jumia offering discounts, shopping via e-commerce its a reasonable measure towards keeping yourself safe.
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