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TypeDelivery service
IndustryOn demand
FoundersOscar Pierre, Sacha Michaud
Areas served
Various cities
OwnerDelivery Hero
Number of employees
Bike courier

Glovo is a Spanish quick-commerce start-up founded in Barcelona in 2015. It is an on-demand courier service that purchases, picks up, and delivers products ordered through its mobile app.[1] It offers multiple services with food delivery being the most popular. The company was founded by Oscar Pierre and Sacha Michaud.[2]


The company was founded by Oscar Pierre, who is the CEO and co-founder Sacha Michaud.[3] Glovo's first meetings were in a McDonald's.[4]

The company eventually expanded into other countries. In January 2020, Glovo ended its operations in Turkey, Egypt, Puerto Rico and Uruguay.[5]

In October 2020, in an effort to achieve profitability, Glovo's remaining Latin American operations were purchased by Delivery Hero, a German company, in a deal worth US$272 million, leaving Glovo with just its Southern and Eastern Europe operations.[6]

In December 2021, Delivery Hero, signed a deal to become Glovo's majority shareholder, acquiring an additional 39.4% stake of the Spanish delivery company.[7]

In September 2022, Glovo was fined $78 million for labor breaches in Spain.[8]


As of January 2019, Glovo is operational in 25 countries:[9][10]

  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Ukraine
  • Romania
  • Georgia
  • Portugal
  • Poland
  • Morocco
  • Kazakhstan
  • Croatia
  • Kenya
  • Côte D'Ivoire
  • Serbia
  • Moldova
  • Uganda
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Ghana
  • Montenegro
  • Slovenia
  • Nigeria
  • Armenia
  • Andorra
  • Tunisia


Food delivery service is the company's most popular service. Other services available include pharmacy, courier and quiero (anything).[11]

The food business allows users to find and place orders with their favourite restaurants which is picked up when ready and delivered to the user's doorstep. While this model continues to be its flagship service, the company is reported experimenting with CloudKitchens and Grocery Darkstores.[12]


  1. ^ "Glovo - Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  2. ^ Loritz, Mary (2018-12-14). "Execute quickly, understand local markets and adapt fast to different needs - Glovo CEO Oscar Pierre". EU-Startups. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  3. ^ "Sacha Michaud - Co-founder, Glovo: "We've been able to rise to the top by being faster, more focused and more efficient"".
  4. ^ Rennolds, Lucas Gª Alcalde, Nathan. "How Glovo co-founder Oscar Pierre helped build a startup worth $2.6 billion". Business Insider. Retrieved 2022-03-27.
  5. ^ "Glovo exits the Middle East and drops two LatAm markets in latest food delivery crunch".
  6. ^ "Delivery Hero picks up Glovo's LatAm ops for $272M in latest food delivery consolidation – TechCrunch".
  7. ^ "Why Delivery Hero is acquiring a majority stake in Spanish delivery company Glovo".
  8. ^ Thykjaer, Christina; Faus, Joan (2022-09-21). "Spain fines Delivery Hero's Glovo $78 mln for hiring breaches". Reuters. Retrieved 2022-09-22.
  9. ^ "Glovo Corporate Website". Glovo. Retrieved 2022-09-05.
  10. ^ "Glovo: you order, we get it!".
  11. ^ "Glovo Pushes On-Demand Delivery Services in Kenya". Kenyan Wallstreet. 2019-11-19. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  12. ^ Kemibaro, Moses (2019-02-27). "First Impressions: Glovo Kenya for On-Demand Delivery Services In Nairobi". Moses Kemibaro. Retrieved 2020-05-28.

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