A delivery app in Angola known as Tupuca, has started delivering live goats, chickens and other livestock to the doorsteps of its customers.
Delivery services have had a massive increase in demand within the last few years in Africa. The Economist reports that Jumia Food, a food delivery business, delivers meals to urban dwellers in 11 countries. In South Africa Mr D Food competes with Uber Eats, an offshoot of the American ride-hailing app.
In Angola however, Tupuca, a food delivery app which started in 2016 with choices like prepared meals (pizzas, burgers and sushi) from various restaurants has now ventured into the delivery of live animals such as goats, chickens and pigs straight to your doorsteps.
The innovative app moved from connecting hungry customers to restaurants to connecting target customers to markets with the demanded goods.
Tupuca had started with 140 drivers making 17,000 deliveries a month for consumers who paid about $40 per order. The new development of delivering live animals began in October, according to The Economist. $7 for a big clucker, $5 for a middling one), pigs ($124 and $103) or goats ($82 and $64)
The app now also offers access to buy coal, petrol, fruit and vegetables.
To offer these animals, Tupuca teamed up with Roque Online, a startup named after Mercado Roque Santeiro, a huge, open-air informal market in Luanda, Angola that was closed by the nanny state in 2011. Roque Online employs an army of runners who track down the best produce. They buy the goat, say, take it to a driver and, before too long, the animal is on its way to the customer.
Slowly but surely the delivery business in Africa is expanding its reaches one helpless goat at a time.
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