In the last few years, there has been a surge in businesses catering to Africans and Caribbeans in the Diaspora. This is due to the heavy migration that has occurred in the last few years from these regions to the west. People of African or Caribbean descent once they land in a new country, start searching for restaurants that serve their food. Alternatively, they search for an African or Carribean grocery store.
Some are lucky enough to find the ingredients depending on where in the world they land. This is mostly due to the rate of diversity of the city.
Depending on the city you live in, it can be daunting finding ingredients to cook familiar meals to you. The grocery stores are either far or they never have consistent stock of groceries.
When I moved to the states, this was always a major problem for me. With my catering business, I would publish a list of recipes I was able to make for customers on my site. However, the grocery availability was never guaranteed. I had to call the customers back to tell them I couldn’t make the dishes they like.
The advent of Online Grocery Stores
Online african grocery stores came on the scene and changed the game a bit. You were able to order the ingredients and have them delivered to you in a few weeks or at best a week. Some other businesses started promising a few days as logistics began to improve. Oja express then came on the scene.
Same day delivery for the cities they operate in? I think that’s breaking barriers with the space they are operating in. It takes a lot to promise same day delivery to clients. However from reviews, they seem to be keeping up their end of the bargain.
At the moment, they are working to expand to other cities but the city of Chicago seems to be the beneficiary of this service at the moment and they are loving it. Looking through their website www.ojaexpress.com, it is easy to navigate, the prices are affordable and they have helpful information for those that are new to purchasing African and Caribbean food items. Their extensive list of items are impressive and based on reviews are lauded for the freshness of the groceries.
In addition to their website, they also have an app on IOS and Google Play store that has even more items than they have on their website which is an incentive to download the app. You would also get notifications on deals of the day. These enable you buy certain products at a discount or get a better deal than you would at your local African grocery store.
I recommend trying the Oja Express service offerings by checking out the website and their app and you may be pleasantly surprised about what you find.