CUSTOMERS at some of Lusaka’s most popular night spots can now experience the joy of not having to worry about making cash payments each time they go out as they are now able to settle their bills through ZamPay.
ZamPay which was launched last month by state owned telecommunications company Zamtel is the country’s first ever electronic payment service that uses Quick Response (QR) code.
Consumers simply scan the QR code displayed by the merchant with their phones to settle their bills.
Now pub goers to some of the city’s most popular joints will enjoy truly frictionless payments by using ZamPay without having to worry about securing their cash.
Premier hangouts such as Buzz Café at Crossroads Mall and Times Café located at Arcades Shopping Centre are some of the venues where patrons can now pay using ZamPay.
Others are Savannah Park near 10 Miles along the Great North Road and Marlin Express found at Arcades Shopping Centre.
Some more locations where party goers can use ZamPay include Another Mike’s Pub on Muramba road in Chilenje and Time & Pub around Kangwa area in Chilenje.
Commenting on the development, Zamtel Products Manager Comfort Nyondo-Mbulo said, “With ZamPay, we are transforming people’s lifestyles and we believe that the night economy is an integral part of the broader economy which also needs to embrace latest technologies.”
Mrs. Nyondo-Mbulo added, “What ZamPay brings to the table is a better customer experience through automation of the bill payment system. This significantly cuts down the waiting period for payment of the bill so that revelers can just focus on enjoying their time.”
She explained that the pub industry in Lusaka is becoming very vibrant hence the need to deploy latest technologies that promote convenient and safer payment options.
“We will continue signing up more merchants in the pubs and night club space in order to cater for our customer’s diverse tastes. We are confident that ZamPay will soon become a preferred payment platform for all party enthusiasts,” Mrs. Nyondo-Mbulo said.
The Pubs and Night spots have joined a growing list of merchants from leading chain stores Spar and Choppies to Pharmacies, Car Washes and Beauty Saloons that are now using ZamPay to handle payments from their customers.
Small-scale supplier the ultimate winner in partnership with Shoprite Zambia
THE Mweemba family’s fortunes have undergone considerable change since they became the first local supplier of fresh vegetables to Shoprite Zambia, when the retailer entered this market 25 years ago.
The late Ezekiel Collin Mweemba started subsistence farming after he lost his job at the end of 1994 when the national carrier, Zambia Airways, was liquidated. His cousin told him about Freshmark, the fresh produce procurement arm of Shoprite, and so a mutually beneficial business relationship started, which fuelled the growth of his business, ECM Farms, managed these days by his daughter, Mazuba Mweemba Songwe.
ECM Farms provide the retailer with leafy vegetables like rape, spinach, Kalembula, Chibwabwa, Chinese cabbage and Bondwe. “Our growth has been phenomenal. We would never have crossed over to small-scale commercial farming had it not been for the ongoing support from Shoprite Zambia.
“In 1995 my father was the only one farming, but today we have six permanent and four part-time employees. Our business generates a steady annual income from activities on our farm, some 20km from the Shoprite distribution centre outside Lusaka,” says Mazuba.
Almost 90% of the fresh produce available in Shoprite Zambia’s supermarkets is sourced locally. The retailer started with only four suppliers in 1995 and grew that number to the current 127 supplying to its supermarkets today. “We specialise in establishing long-term partnerships with local suppliers, so that their enterprises can grow alongside our business to the benefit of many more Zambians,” explains Charles Bota, General Manager of Shoprite Zambia.
Mazuba believes that the greatest benefit of supplying a world-class retailer is the “large, steady market” it provides for their produce. “Also, a big player like Shoprite has a significant influence on pricing and ensures that we are able to sell our vegetables to others at more competitive prices.”
“Due to the stringent standards required by Freshmark, the quality of our crops keep on improving, which means we are able to provide all our clients with first grade vegetables,” describes Mazuba.
Skills development is yet another positive outcome of this fruitful partnership. Employees of ECM Farms’ skills set now includes food processing and packaging which as it adds value to the produce they sell to Shoprite Zambia.