The Managing Director of Jumia’s food marketplace, Guy Futi has announced an on-demand pizza delivery partnership between the eCommerce firm and Pizza Hut.

According to Futi who disclosed this in Lagos, during a media briefing. He noted that the partnership was expected to boost operational performance and last mile delivery in Nigeria.

He also said Jumia was opening up its platform to enable customers to order pizza from Pizza Hut, while ensuring that it is delivered at record time.

He explained “As the premier food delivery business in Nigeria, we are opening up our platform to enable our customers to order pizza from Pizza Hut while ensuring that it is delivered at record time.”

He noted that presently, Jumia stand to have the quickest average delivery time in the country, to meet up with customers, which is mostly less than 45 minutes.

According to him, “Currently, our average delivery time is less than 45 minutes which is the quickest in Nigeria. We are reinforcing our operations to further cut our average delivery time to guarantee that both food and pizza are delivered at best times to our customers while not compromising quality.”

Speaking further, Chief Executive Officer of Marathon Restaurant Africa, who manages and operates Pizza Hut in Nigeria, Tony Ozanne, explained that as a recent entrant into the Nigerian market, it has conducted extensive research to identify key players in the market and Jumia’s food marketplace was one of them, which initiated the partnership.

In his remark “Jumia’s Food marketplace has the platform and the customers. We felt that since we are new in Nigeria, we can ride on their back to get the traction we want. As from today, you can either walk into our three locations in Lagos (Ikoyi, Ikeja City Mall and Lekki) to buy Pizza or take the convenient step by ordering on Jumia’s Food marketplace.”

Considering expansion: “In the next five years, we are looking at expanding our footprint to Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan and of course open more outlets in Lagos. And as we touch these cities and towns in Nigeria, so will our partnership with Jumia’s food marketplace grow,” he reiterated.