By Wellington Zimbowa
ECONET Holdings continues to flex its corporate muscle against the Covid -19 fight with Vaya Africa, its subsidiary unveiling a free facility that encourages home-shopping with subscribers simply identifying and paying for products online, while the latter does the shopping and delivery of goods.
At the onset of the global pandemic in March 2020, subsidiary of the Strive Masiyiwa owned parent company embarked on a massive initiative to support government efforts to curb Covid-19.
CleanCity embarked on a massive cleanup and disinfecting of public places in Harare and Bulawayo, while Vaya Logistics (its transport subsidiary) has been assisting in transportation of critical medicines and critical health staff.
The recently rolled out free-personal shopping services ‘allows customers to simply identify and pay for the groceries they want in a shop, and a dedicated ‘express shopper’ does the shopping for them, and delivers it right to their doorstep’.
The service is open to Harare and Bulawayo based customers starting from May 17, 2020, when the current lockdown is scheduled to end with customers assured of a 24 hour delivery timeline.
“We have a part to play in ensuring that the COVID-19 pandemic is curbed in these early stages. So we are introducing VAYA Express Shopper as your own ‘personal shopper’, who will go out and buy your groceries for you, and you simply pay for the groceries from the comfort of your home, while the express shopper delivers it to you. “It’s absolutely free, there is no delivery charge,” said VAYA Logistics and CleanCity chief executive officer Mr Lovemore Nyatsine said:
Vaya Express Shopper is an extension of VAYA Express services that are a part of the VAYA’s logistics business unit.
The VAYA Express Shopper also covers purchases made on the Ownai online market platform, with purchasing groceries via the platform guaranteed of free delivery up to May 17.
Mr Nyatsine added that Vaya Express Shopper users are free to purchase
“For this offer we are not dictating to customers which supermarket they should purchase from – as long as it is within Harare or Bulawayo. Customers can purchase groceries from their favourite supermarkets, then simply call us on 166, and we will pick up the groceries and deliver them to their doorstep,” Mr Nyatsine said.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has, among other interventions, recommended social distancing as a safety and preventative measure to curb the spread of the Coronavirus. VAYA Express Shopper’s offer is intended to help citizens stay safe by getting their groceries delivered from the safety of their homes.