Global instant logistics specialist Zipline has forged a partnership with Africa’s largest e-commerce retailer, Jumia, to launch an on-demand drone delivery network with ambitions to eventually span the continent.

In making their announcement today, Jumia and Zipline said their looming e-commerce drone delivery operation has already been tested in Ghana, where the partners operated a pilot program over the past month. The new network will combine Zipline’s deep experience in medical deliveries in Africa – and its retail operations with Walmart in the US – with Jumia’s expanding online consumer products business that now covers 11 countries.

Indeed, the link-up of Jumia and Zipline in developing e-commerce drone delivery is one of visionary companies in their respective activities coming together.

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Zipline has become famous as the inventor of instant logistics and…