The Zulzi app also has a database of clients’ information, including grocery items frequently requested. Customers are charged a R45 delivery fee and a 7% charge on the price of groceries bought.
Valoyi said: “The company started in 2012 as an e-commerce platform where we sold books and electronics to students. In 2016 we changed our model by focusing on delivering liquor, restaurant takeaways and groceries. After a year of operating we focused on groceries because they had more potential.”
The 34-year old former software developer admits that starting Zulzi came with challenges.
“The most difficult aspect of starting a company is funding. You start a business to generate money, but along the way you realise you need more capital to take your company to the next level. Families play a key role in supporting you financially and emotionally. So many businesses are funded by families, even though some entrepreneurs don’t come from families with capital,” he said.