This is after OLX and G4S entered into a partnership that will enable sellers send packages to buyers through the nearest G4S offices.
According to OLX Country Manager Peter Ndiang’ui, the move will give buyers convenience and save on time.
“This partnership will enable us as OLX to enhance the safety of our users and to also lessen the burden of transport on them even as more traders, micro-businesses and consumers troop to our platform everyday to sell both new and unused items,” Ndiang’ui said.
Cost imparted on customers is bound to be less when compared to what they would normally go through. According to Ndiang’ui, the service will ensure that the transaction is safe, speedy while the cost will be pre-negotiated with OLX based on distance.
“To ensure safety on the goods, buyers will have to first identify themselves and prove that they had been in contact with the seller. A set of questions will therefore to given to the buyer who will have to answer correctly before picking the package.”
He added that the service will be tested in Nairobi for the next three months and will be launched into other counties thereafter depending on the demand for the service.
The service is however optional for both the seller and the buyer.
Ordinarily, OLX plays its sole role as a market place, connecting buyers and sellers. Buyers normally make arrangements with the seller on how to get the goods.