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IFC Invests in Mandaź to Support the Growth of Parcel Logistics Sector in Brazil


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Patricia Carvalho
Phone: (55 11) 5185-6873
E-mail: pcarvalho@ifc.org

Sćo Paulo, May 2, 2018 —IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced an investment in Mandaź, a technology company providing high-quality and efficient parcel shipment service for small- and medium-sized e-commerce enterprises in Brazil. IFC’s investment in Mandaź will help the parcel logistics sector in Brazil to grow and gain more efficiency.

IFC is leading a Series B investment round in Mandaź, along with other investors. Other participants include UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund, Mercado Libre Fund, Tekton Ventures, FJ Labs, and existing investors Performa Investimentos, Qualcomm Ventures (the investment arm of Qualcomm Incorporated), Monashees, and Icon Holding Company. Total investment in the Series B round is of US$ 7.1 million.

Brazil has one of the largest e-commerce markets in Latin America, representing approximately 5% of the country’s retail sales. However, there remain opportunities for growth to reach levels observed in developed markets where some countries register e-commerce penetration rates of 10-12% of total retail sales. To facilitate this growth, small- and medium-sized ecommerce companies need access to more affordable and efficient shipping options to support the robust consumer demand.

“The continued growth of e-commerce is one of the mega-trends shaping our world right now, and logistics is adapting and transforming as a result,” said Mandaź cofounder and CEO Marcelo Fujimoto. “Our view is that disintermediation across the supply chain is creating even larger opportunities for improvement in the parcel space. Through our platform, Mandaź is redefining the quality, experience, and flexibility of shipping a package. We’re extremely excited to partner with IFC to help us continue to grow and transform our industry.”

“IFC is proud to support Mandaź’s mission to unlock shipping cost savings and market efficiencies for the growing SMB sector in Brazil,” said Stevon D. Darling, Investment Officer for IFC’s VC investments in Latin America. “Supporting online and mobile technology-enabled private sector enterprises is part of IFC’s inclusive strategy of providing individuals with access to better services and solutions, ranging from retail to financial services, education, healthcare, and employment,” he added.

IFC’s Venture Capital team focuses on technology-driven innovation; we have invested more than US$80 million globally in the early stage e-logistics sector over the past two years. In Brazil alone, IFC invested almost US$30 million in venture-backed companies in the last three years.

IFC has been investing in Brazil’s private sector since 1957 to address the country’s most critical development challenges, including those of the urbanization, social inclusion, competitiveness and productivity, and management of natural resources.

About Mandaź
Mandaź is reinventing parcel logistics through a digital platform that organizes the entirety of the parcel supply chain to deliver a seamless, high-quality and efficient parcel shipment service for businesses in Brazil. We’re the first startup in the world taking this approach to logistics. Our model is asset-light, working with players across each of the principal steps of the parcel supply chain: pickups, cross-docking, and last-mile transport. In a country where the national postal service is effectively the only shipping option for most businesses, Mandaź’s platform is the only one that allows them to use private transporters, helping them save up to 35% on their shipping costs.

About IFC
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In FY17, we delivered a record $19.3 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to help end poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

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