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Mexican retail chains hot for omnichannel

Mexican consumers have been much slower to embrace the on-line shopping wave compared to elsewhere in North America, with low credit card penetration and fear of fraud, among other factors, holding back the e-commerce revolution.  On-line shopping portals launched fairly early on in Mexico, but only recently do the major brick-and-mortar retailing chains seem to be fully embracing the wave of the future, and growth is coming fast.  Mexico’s e-commerce market is among the top two in Latin America with US$17.6 billion in sales in 2016 and averaging 45% annual growth from 2010 to 2016, according to data provided by the Mexican On-Line Sales Association (AMVO).  Nonetheless, e-commerce in Mexico still represents only some 2% of all retail sales, compared to nearly 10% in the United States.  Recognizing the fast pace and overall potential for growth, retailers are taking measures to take advantage, and it seems like all of a sudden omnichannel marketing is all the rage. Continue reading Mexican retail chains hot for omnichannel

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Food & beverage: Mexican beverage bottler Arca Continental plans investment of approximately US$195 million in Mexico operations this year, the company reported. Projects are expected to include purchase of refrigeration systems, upgrades to production lines and acquisition of transport equipment, among others. (El Financiero, April 27, 2018)
  • E-commerce: Brazil-based e-commerce portal MercadoLibre plans investment of approximately US$275 million to boost operations in the Mexico market, the company reported. Resources will support construction of two distribution centers in the Mexico City area, as well as an expanded loyalty program and shipping systems. (Milenio, April 26, 2018)
  • Automotive: Mexican electric car manufacturer Zacua announced the inauguration of its first manufacturing plant, in the southeastern state of Puebla. The US$27 million production site reportedly will produce the first electric car made entirely in Mexico. (Auto Motores Informa, April 25, 2018)
  • Pharmaceutical: French pharmaceutical multinational Sanofi reported plans to construct a new production facility in the central State of Mexico. The projected US$158 million plant is expected to produce vaccines for export to Latin America. (El Financiero, April 24, 2018)
  • Industry: Mexican corporate group Grupo KUO reported plans to invest approximately US$200 million in Mexico operations in 2018. Resources will support the group’s activities in areas such as pork production and automotive transmission manufacturing. (20Minutos, April 17, 2018) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Fiber optics: Japanese fiber optic cable manufacturer Furukawa Electric Group inaugurated a new manufacturing facility in the northwestern border city of Mexicali. The US$4.5 million site is expected to produce cable principally for customers in the United States in its initial phase. (Expansión, December 21, 2017)
  • Energy: U.S. gas and oil company Southwest Energy announced plans to invest approximately US$460 million in Mexico’s newly declared Special Economic Zone (ZEE) in the southwestern coastal port of Salina Cruz. Plans include plants for processing natural gas, methanol and synthetic lubricants. (NVI Noticias, December 18, 2017) 
  • Automotive: French tire manufacturer Michelin reported plans to build a new corporate building in the central state of Querétaro at an estimated cost of US$10 million. The new building comes in addition to the US$510 million the company is investing in a manufacturing plant under construction in the adjacent state of Guanajuato. (El Financiero, December 20, 2017)
  • Pet supplies: U.S. pet products specialty retailer Petco, in association with Mexican diversified corporate group Gigante, projects it will open 20 new sales locations in Mexico next year. Investment was not specified for the expansion, which seeks to increase the chain’s total stores in the country to 70. (El Financiero, December 18, 2017)
  • Pharmaceutical: Mexican pharmacy retail chain Farmacias del Ahorro plans to open up to 150 new stores in Mexico in 2018, the company reported. Investment of approximately US$14 million is slated for 44 new stores in the northern cities of Torreón and Mexicali alone. (El Financiero, December 18, 2017) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico