The world is running out of hand sanitisers in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. This is despite the fact that every business premise is required to have enough stock of hand sanitisers for staff, clients and visitors entering or leaving the building. Individuals also need to carry their own sanitizers whenever they are going out in order to protect themselves from the virus while outdoors.
One of the directives issued by the government to minimise the spread of the virus includes asking Kenyans to work from home. In order to keep yourself safe and limit your exposure to the virus, it is important to avoid going out. This means you must have enough supply of food, hand wash, hand sanitisers, and other basic requirements. Nevertheless, in case you have not been able to get enough supplies, there is still hope.
Below are ways to buy your hand sanitisers and basic supplies without leaving your house:
Local boda boda/tuk tuk guy
Boda boda is a popular means of transport. If you have a boda boda or tuk tuk operator you know, call them and send them to buy the supplies for you. Ensure he is taking the necessary safety precautions.
Jumia is still open and selling hand sanitisers from as little as 105 shillings. Other suppliers, including their partner supermarket Carrefour, are also in business and ready to serve you. If you have never shopped online before, please note that it is a process and deliveries take 2-5 days. Therefore, you need to be patient.
Tuskys supermarket has also partnered with Sendy to help Nairobians with online shopping. Currently, only 4 branches are participating in this online shopping programme; Athi River, Westlands, Embakasi, and Mall.
This is the process of shopping on Tuskys Supermarket online:
- Get the Whatsapp number of the nearest Branch. These are the Whatsapp numbers of the four Tuskys Branches; Athi River 0110-923-778, T-Mall 0110-923-781, Embakasi 0110-923-710, Westlands 0110-923-779.
- Send your shopping list. Write down your shopping list and send it to the nearest branch via Whatsapp.
- The staff will check if they have all the items in their store and then prepare a quote for you.
- You will pay for the shopping via M-Pesa. You can also send your ID number to collect your loyalty points.
- Sendy will deliver the items to you. Delivery charges are 250 shillings and will happen within the day.
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Naivas supermarket is also taking orders through its website. Delivery to your door is currently available in Eastlands, Mombasa Road, Thika Road, Kiambu Road, Nairobi West, Kilimani, Westlands, Mombasa, Mlolongo, Greatwall, Lower kabete, Karen, Bogani Estate, Katani, Wangige, Kinoo, Rongai, Athi River, Kikenni Road, Ndenderu, Kanunga, Ruiru, Kayole. For people outside the delivery areas, you will need to pick at store.
Once you select your delivery location, proceed to the online store and start shopping. Once you have picked all the items you need, including hand wash and sanitisers. Proceed to check out. You will see your totals. Sign up or log in to check out. A representative will call you to confirm your order, then give you payment instructions. You will be able to earn your loyalty points through your mobile number. Deliveries will be done in the morning or evening at a cost of 300 shillings.
Please note that this process may not work. I got this information from Naivas customer service personnel in Westlands, tried it but it never works. Other people who have tried it have also complained that it does not work. They may not deliver in time, will not pick your calls and will not refund your money.
Other online stores
You can also shop from other online stores. If you need take-away food, you can also buy from stores that deliver at home, including Pizza Inn, Jumia Food, Uber Eats and Glovo.
Where and how are you getting supplies during the coronavirus lockdown? Please share in the comments box below.