ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka
JUMBO, a South African leading wholesaler, has expanded its operations in Zambia with a view to business linkages among small-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Next week, Jumbo Store located on Kafue road will open its doors to the public.
Company communications manager Lindelwa Nkambule said Jumbo is partnering with small delivery businesses to provide supply chain to customers and grow local industries.
Responding to a query on Tuesday, Ms Nkambule said the firm has so far hired about 100 employees to work in various operational roles in the store on a permanent basis.
“Jumbo Lusaka store boasts of 130 parking bays and 3,000 square meter trading space. We began the project around August 2016 and it has taken us around 13 months to complete the Zambia project.
“We have created over 300 jobs through local suppliers, contractors and service providers since the start of this project,” Ms Nkambule said.
She said 90 percent of the stock for the store will be bought locally and 10 percent imported.
Ms Nkambule said Jumbo will ensure that it engages the local SMEs through the value chain to boost economic activities and empower more small businesses in the country.
“Our purpose is to offer products and services at competitive prices, through Jumbo shield and store formats located, designed, merchandised, staffed and marketed to satisfy the local needs of our customers.
“The independent retailers are predominately, franchise members, sovereign trade chains general dealers, commercial customers and hawkers among others,” she said.