Shipping & Logistics

Logistics firm to set up Sh100m warehouse


A warehouse. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Logistics firm Bwala Africa is set to invest Sh100 million in a new warehouse in the country targeting distribution firms.

The warehouse, set to be constructed on 5,000 acresf land in Kitengela, Kajiado County, in the next few weeks will be a single-unit biggest warehouse in Kenya.

The firm’s Chief Executive Kennedy Nyabwala told Shipping and Logistics that the 100, 000 square-metre facility will be ready for use by August 2019.

“The new facility will cost the firm Sh100 million and it will be ready by August 2019,” said Mr Nyabwala.

He noted that the firm is looking to expand into Uganda in February in a move aimed at diversifying its services across the East African region.

Currently the firm has 3,000 square feet in industrial area.

“We are also expanding to Uganda next year. We have gotten all the necessary requirements and we will open an office in Uganda in February,” he added.

Bwala Africa is the first logistics platform and marketplace where companies can meet mechanics, buy spares and insurance.

The firm is also the first to offer an escrow payment service to its users building trust between the shipper and the receiver during the transaction.

Its currently working on a 12,000 sqm warehouse to consolidate the orders for various retail needs to ease delivery and last mile order fulfilments.

The firm also plans to expand into Zambia, Ghana, Zimbabwe and South Africa as well as into Bangladesh, Asia India and Philippines.

The new development comes barely two months after Africa Logistics Properties launched the first phase of its Sh10 billion modern warehouse in Ruiru.

The firm’s flagship project, ALP North with grade A warehousing of 47,000 square metres is also located along the Northern Bypass.