Azul Cargo Express, the cargo unit of Brazil’s Azul airline, signs a commercial agreement with Mercado Libre, Latin America’s largest e-commerce company.
As a result, Azul Cargo Express will become the only air-shipping partner within Brazil for purchases made on Mercado Libre’s website.
“We are very excited to have Mercado Libre as our largest e-commerce partner,” says John Rodgerson, Azul’s CEO. “When it comes to shipping, customers want fast delivery and reliable service, and this is what we do best.”
Azul flies to more than 100 domestic destinations, have 250 franchise stores nationwide, and are able to reach more than 3,500 municipalities within 24 hours. The carrier is also the only airline in 72 per cent of the routes it serves. “Our breadth of reach and delivery speed is unique in the country,” Rodgerson adds.
“To our customers, this partnership means faster deliveries through Mercado Libre’s and Azul’s extensive network, covering the entire country with almost 900 daily flights,” says Leandro Bassoi, vice-president of Mercado Envios, Mercado Libre’s Latin America shipping unit.
“With Azul, we expect to significantly increase both the number and speed of deliveries,” adds Bassoi.
Azul’s cargo business grew 44 per cent during the first half of the year, benefiting from Azul’s network and fleet expansion. E-commerce was by far the fastest source of revenue growth increasing 314 per cent over last year. Mercado Libre currently represents 10 per cent of Azul Cargo Express’ revenue.