Twiga, an agri-tech company that uses technology to aggregate demand and streamline logistics in the distribution of farm produce has officially opened its 20,000sqm (215,000sqft) distribution center within Africa Logistics Properties (ALP) flagship development #ALPNorth in Tatu City.
The official opening of the Twiga distribution center was officiated by His Excellency the President Hon. William Samoei Ruto, Ph.D., C.G.G marking the government’s commitment to supporting the private sector.
The automated facility will see Twiga, expand its overall capacity and ability to deliver a selection of fresh produce, and retail products and provide partners access to over 140,000 customers across Kenya and Uganda.
The move will also ensure convenient and affordable, food and retail commodities distribution across Kenya and Uganda.
During the same event, it was announced that the Government will provide Sh300 million to Twiga Foods suppliers and customers to enable them to grow their businesses.
The agri-tech company uses technology to aggregate demand and streamline logistics in the distribution of farm produce such as bananas, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, mangoes, and cabbages, to small-scale vegetable vendors in city estates, helping make products more affordable and increasing sales for vendors.
Twiga serves about 33,000 vendors every month with an average of seven orders per week per vendor, and also operates in Uasin Gishu, Embu, Meru, Kirinyaga, Machakos, Nakuru, and Kiambu counties.
Twiga who is an alumnae of Nairobi Garage has over the years raised billions of shillings including equity and loan deals from international investors such as the International Finance Corporation.
The new distribution facility owned by ALP is fitted with the latest logistics and warehouse technology.
The modern agricultural distribution center has a large capacity storage fitted with racking systems, banana rooms, modern dock door systems, and product scanners which have enhanced food traceability among other functions.
ALP’s commitment to developing and managing modern warehouses for businesses like Twiga Foods Copia Global Freight Forwarders Kenya Limited MAPEI Middle East & East Africa to automate and improve their business efficiency and operations.
In November alone, #ALPNorth recorded offloading/loading of up to 28 trucks per hour, 225 daily and 6,250 monthly.
This was achieved through the efficiency of the warehouses’ design developments which include a large truck yard to allow ease of truck reticulation, automated docks, and an FM2 floor for ease of movement of MHEs.
This allows the tenants to plan their logistics, delivery, and operations efficiently saving on time and overall business operations.
Africa Logistics Properties (ALP) West Courtyard, was also named the Best Industrial and Logistics Development at the 2022 Africa Property Investment (API) Awards, held in November for exemplary green building credentials, and showing originality of concept and innovation.