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Bolt to Introduce Food Delivery Service in Kenya

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Jenna Delport
Jenna Delport
I’m a tech writer, world traveller, avocado-eater and dog lover, not always in that order.

Ride-hailing service, Bolt has announced that it is looking at introducing a food delivery service in Kenya.

“We’re already present in 30+ markets across Europe and Africa. Now, it’s time for us to bring the know-how around building a mobility platform to the food delivery industry,” says the company.

This is said to be Bolt’s attempt to add additional revenue streams by targeting an industry that has seen impressive growth in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bolt Introduces New Protective Ride Option in Kenya

Bolt has announced that will be taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of its drivers and passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We remain cognizant of the fact that even during the virus outbreak, some people still need to move around in the city. We are doing our best to fulfill our mission and help them do so,” says Ola Akinnusi, Country Manager at Bolt Kenya.

It hopes to do this by introducing a new ride-type – Bolt Protect – which will ensure all vehicles are fitted with a protective nylon film that divides the passenger seats from the driver’s seat. This film will limit airflow between the driver and passengers, ultimately acting as a barrier.

“The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and drivers is our highest priority. The protective setup of a new Bolt Protect helps reduce the risk of the virus spreading through coughs and sneezes,” adds Akinnusi.

Along with the nylon film, Bolt says that it will also ensure this ride-type includes these safety measures:

  • Adequate ventilation in vehicles
  • Cleaning of door handles and passenger seats after each completed trip
  • A dedicated sanitizer compartment
Edited by Jenna Delport
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