MercadoLibre launches MELI Air with 4 aircraft in Brazil

Belonging to different airlines, the planes will be dedicated to expanding fast deliveries to multiple destinations in Brazil

Mercado Libre's aircraft. Photo: Courtesy
  • The firm has been partnering with commercial airlines since 2019;
  • These actions are included in the investment package of BRL 4 billion for Brazil, announced by the company in February.

Mercado Libre, the leading e-commerce company in Latin America, announced a major investment in Brazilian logistics days beforehand BlackFriday. Now, the company has a fleet of four aircraft (from different airlines) 100% dedicated to its deliveries in the country.

Mercado Libre aims to reduce the delivery times for packages in Brazil, in addition to increasing the delivery capacity for the next days, especially for products stored in the company’s distribution centers in São Paulo and Bahia.

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The firm has been partnering with commercial airlines since 2019, expanding destinations and providing constant volume during the lockdown period to help them keep the cargo sector alive, as Meli said in a press statement. Now, these new four dedicated aircraft will operate seven days a week.

“We want to have the best logistics in Brazil and increase the number of deliveries the next day. The consistent and robust expansion of our logistics network is decisive for maintaining the excellence of service and satisfaction of the final consumer – both sellers and buyers of our platform,” says Leandro Bassoi, vice-president of Mercado Envios, the logistics arm of MercadoLibre.

In addition to improving the shopping experience in Brazil, we hope that the initiative will contribute to increasing the visual recognition of the brand associated with the attributes of trust and logistical efficiency

Leandro Bassoi, Vice President of Mercado Envios, the logistics arm of Mercadolibre

These actions are included in the investment package of BRL 4 billion for Brazil in 2020, announced by the company in February this year. Besides expanding its delivery fleet, these investments also involve the installation of new distribution centers and cross-dockings and the development of new tools to reduce the time and cost of delivery.

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On a LinkedIn post, Stelleo Tolda co-founder and CEO of MercadoLibre, stated that “we were already ‘flying’ as a company, growing a lot in our commerce and financial services businesses, in addition to revolutionizing our logistical capacity. Now we are literally flying, delivering orders faster and faster in Brazil.”

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