Kobo360, one of the fastest growing technology companies in Africa focused on the logistics/ supply chain framework, has officially widened its operations to Ghana as part of its Pan-African expansion. Having recently launched in Togo, hosts of West Africa’s leading container port, the Ghana expansion will create a link to Kobo360’s existing bases in West Africa, with the aim of fostering seamless intra-African trade.
Ghana’s port of Tema, a key trading and transport hub in Africa, has seen annual growth of 7.9% with traffic reaching 836,000 twenty-foot equivalent units [TEU] in 2018, the third-highest in West Africa. Tema is also launching new port facilities scheduled to be completed in June 2019, and is expected to support the countries economic growth by providing 3.5 million TEUs.
The port’s breakwater and access channel is due to accommodate the world’s largest container ships, and the first two deep-water berths are expected to receive commercial vessels. Kobo360 has been in beta operation in Ghana for 3 months and has already recorded over 100 trips, collaborating with clients such as Olam Ghana.
Speaking at the official launch event in Accra, Chief Operating Officer – West Africa of Kobo360, Bilal Abdullah said, “We foresee great opportunities in Ghana – not just for us, but also for our clients and drivers. By moving into Ghana, we are connecting all of the markets and are building a global logistics operating system [G-LOS] that will support our clients in their quest to move their cargo around the continent.
“With Ghana’s port of Tema undergoing major expansion works in order to quadruple it’s handling capacity, we are anticipating demand for a safe, reliable and cost-effective delivery of goods, which is where Kobo360 will be instrumental.”
Joining Abdullah and the Kobo360 team at the launch were representatives from key global logistics brands including Maria Adamu-Zibo [Managing Director – Federated Logistics], Michael Oblie [Local Procurement Representative – Cadbury Ghana], Beverly A. Mante Peg Solar [Supply Chain Manager – Peg Solar], Elinam Horgli [Deputy Managing Director – JK Horgli Transport Co. Limited], Kwaku Duah [Managing Director – Kwaku Duah Transport].
Through its all-in-one logistics platform, Kobo360 is able to use data and technology to match user requests with a selection of quality trucks of all categories. To-date, the company has moved over 297m KG of goods, serviced over 1,461 businesses and aggregated a fleet of over 10,000. Using a combination of its mobile technology and analytics, Kobo360 is fixing inefficiencies which exist in the road-based logistics business, delivering huge value and positive experiences to global logistics partners including Flour Mills of Nigeria, DHL and Lafarge.
Kobo360 were recently named “Disrupter of the Year” at the Africa CEO Forum awards and recently launched a new Global Logistics App, designed to enhance the speed, transparency and real-time monitoring of cargo delivery. By the end of 2019, Kobo360 is expected to be in nine African countries.
Kobo360 is a technology logistics platform that connects the supply of trucks with the demand for transportation services by cargo owners. With operations in Nigeria, Togo and Ghana, Kobo360 is one of the fastest growing tech startups out of Africa. The Kobo360 mission is to build the Global Logistics Operating System that will power trade and commerce across Africa and Emerging Markets