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Jumia And Reckitt Benckiser To Provide African Consumers Access To Hygiene Products As Coronavirus Continues To Bite

The effects of Coronavirus continue to be felt across the globe and organisations around the world are joining hands to fight the crisis which has so far claimed more than 6,000 lives. Jumia and global health products manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser are among the latest companies to join forces.

The two have today announced a major partnership to help consumers access hygienic products at the lowest price. The partnership will provide a steady supply of hygiene products such as soap bars, disinfectants, and liquid hand wash at affordable pricing.

These products are facing a growing demand from consumers taking hygiene precautions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Jumia will be taking 0% commission on Dettol, JIK and Harpic, and will reinvest the initial commission into discounts on the consumer price.

Reckitt Benckiser is financing free shipping nationwide on all listed products. Consumers will be able to access all products from the “Stay Safe” page on Jumia, co-owned with Reckitt Benckiser.

“At Jumia, our primary concern is the health and well-being of our teammates, consumers, partners and communities. We strive to continue operating so that customers continue to use ecommerce as a safe way to shop in this challenging time. We are proud to work closely with Reckitt Benckiser through the “Stay Safe” campaign, which shares consistent information about Covid-19 and provides access to key hygiene products at the most affordable price possible for our consumers,” said Romain Christodoulou, SVP Jumia Group.

The partnership will also provide critical information around Coronavirus. Reckitt Benckiser has created the Mythbuster website to help update consumers on risks and best practices to avoid the virus from spreading. Jumia, on the other hand is creating several awareness campaigns which direct consumers to both the ‘Stay Safe’ page and the ‘Mythbuster’ website.

“Reckitt Bencksier is delighted to partner with Jumia to ensure that access to the highest quality hygiene and health products is a right, not a privilege. By financing nationwide free shipping in all markets where Jumia operates, from capital cities to more rural areas, Reckitt Benckiser is providing a fair access to supply for all consumers, regardless of their location,” said Bart Meermans, SVP RB Health Africa/ Middle East / Turkey.

The partnership will cover 8 of the markets where Jumia operates, Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda.

Yesterday, top tech giants also came together to help fight the fake news and misinformation related to COVID-19 on their platforms. In a joint statement, Twitter, Facebook and Google said they are working closely together on COVID-19 response efforts.

“We’re helping millions of people stay connected while also jointly combating fraud and misinformation about the virus, elevating authoritative content on our platforms, and sharing critical updates in coordination with government healthcare agencies around the world,” the statement read.

“We invite other companies to join us as we work to keep our communities healthy and safe,”

This article was first published on TechTrendsKE

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