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Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Is Amazon planning a P2P delivery program for Egypt?

Is Amazon planning a P2P delivery program for Egypt? E-commerce giant Amazon could launch a program to use private cars in Egypt to transport light goods, Amazon-owned Souq’s CEO Omar Al Sahi told General Authority for Investment Chairman Mohamed Abdel Wahab in a meeting yesterday, according to a statement carried by Youm7 and Al Masry Al Youm. The rollout of the program appears to be nothing more than a proposal so far, but it could mean that Egyptian cities would soon join something akin to Amazon Flex. The program, which is available in cities all over the world, allows private car owners to earn some extra income by working as a courier for Amazon in their spare time — similar to the model used by ride-hailing companies like Uber and Careem.

Amazon has other plans for its operations in Egypt: The company is planning to expand in the Egyptian market through several new services, involving artificial intelligence and e-payments, Al Sahi said, without providing further details. Amazon is also looking at digitizing warehouses and distribution centers in Egypt and supporting state-owned companies in engaging in e-commerce. No further information was provided on the expected investment cost or timeline for these plans.

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