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Dennis Mazingi and Tafadzwa Matika (cohort 2020-2021) won the overall best pitch and the grand prize of £10,000 on the All-Innovate Ideas Competition for their idea of a fast delivery service in Zimbabue that would accelerate the country's step into online commerce.

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They had an idea for a last-mile delivery service.

This delivery service would be implemented in Zimbabwe and would deliver almost anything, from essential goods (medication and food) to products sold by small businesses in the country.

Their primary focus was in developing strong partnerships with the small business owners and make them want to go on board with the idea.

It would help Zimbabwean people that couldn't leave their homes during lockdown and it would support small businesses to stay afloat.

What good would it do?
It would accelerate the move of commerce to online platforms. Although this is happening, it has been happening slowly when compared to other countries. The pandemic has proven how essential it is to use online platforms to sell products and a fast delivery service to take these products to the end consumer.

Another aspect to consider is the humanitarian side and how customers found useful the delivery of medication and food produce.

They have also looked at environmental friendly options. The proposal included the use of small sustainable vehicles to get to perform the deliveries and leverage GIS data for route optimisation and faster, more efficient delivery.

 

This delivery service idea that would prioritise the customer, help small businesses and the environment won the overall best pitch and the grand prize of £10,000 on the All-Innovate Ideas Competition.

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