- Mercado Libre will create more than 4,700 jobs in Mexico;
- It will boost its fintech arm, Mercado Pago, in Mexico;
- The news comes one month later after the announcement of billionaire infusions in Brazil, its largest market.
Argentina‘s e-commerce firm Mercado Libre said on Tuesday it will invest $1.1 billion to expand its warehouse space and services in Mexico this year, spurred on by a pandemic-driven boom in online shopping.
The figure to be invested in Mexico is nearly triple the $420 million Mercado Libre spent last year in the country, a rapidly growing market where it is battling to stay ahead of global giant Amazon and other rivals.
MeLi has steadily ramped up its Mexico delivery network, recently opening a fourth distribution center, a 60,000-square-meter site in the northern state of Nuevo Leon.
By the end of last year, Mercado Libre operated 210,000 square meters (2,260,421 square feet) of warehouse space, mostly on the outskirts of Mexico‘s populous capital.
MeLi is putting billions on the table in Brazil as well
During Mercado Libre’s Q4 webcast, Pedro Arnt, CFO at Mercado Libre, stated that Latin America is the world’s fastest growing region for e-commerce, citing eMarketer data. MeLi had 37 million unique buyers during the last quarter.