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A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

For prior Sales Leads LatAm editions, click here.

 

  • O Boticário

The internationally renowned Brazilian fragrance brand O Boticário is set to foray into the Gulf region’s largest beauty market Saudi Arabia along with its Dubai-based partner Millennial Capital.In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with Saudi Arabia’s Al Malki Group (AMG). The agreement aims at key commercial objectives towards the implementation of a national development plan for introducing O Boticário brand in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Saudi Arabia will be O Boticario’s second market in the Gulf region after UAE within a short span of time. O Boticário is the largest fragrance player in Brazil and has more than 4,000 stores across the globe. It is also the largest cosmetic franchise in the world with a six per cent market share in Latin America and an estimated USD 4 billion in revenue, according to Euromonitor International.

  • Air Europa

Over the past few years, Air Europa has been strengthening its route network between its hub in Madrid and Latin America, with flights to Guayaquil, Ecuador; San Pedro de Sula, Honduras and Cordoba, Argentina via Asuncion Paraguay, having been added in the last two years. The airline now flies to 16 designations throughout the South American continent and aims to increase capacity by 8.5 percent in 2019 by adding three new routes and increasing capacity in existing markets.Starting June 1, the Spanish carrier will begin flying between its base in Madrid to Puerto Iguazu, Argentina and Medellin, Colombia with twice and three times weekly frequencies, respectively, while June 3 will see the airline fly to Panama City five times weekly. The routes further connect Spain with Latin America, both connected by a shared culture and language, across both North and South America.The new incorporations of the type will help the carrier set pace for their fierce expansion plans in the region and continue to chase after Iberia, its close rival in the segment and a long-standing market leader between Europe and Latin America.

  • Despegar.com

As the leading online travel agent (OTA) in Latin America, Despegar.com has experienced a share price decline of approximately 50% over the past twelve months. However, despite investor disinterest in Despegar.com, the company continues to generate double-digit volume growth. Founded in 1999, Despegar operates under one primary brand, Despegar.com, which means “to take off” in Spanish.  A Latin American version of Expedia, Despegar offers airline tickets, hotels, bus tickets, car rentals, vacation packages, payment options, and other travel-related products and services.  Unfortunately for Despegar investors, macroeconomic turbulence swept across Latin America in 2018, depressing economic growth and causing currency declines across the region. As a result, travel volumes have been contracting. For all of these reasons, Despegar’s share price has declined by more than 55% since its 2018 high.

 

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

 

  • VILK

Almond drink Vilk, which was recently launched in Argentina, has chosen agency Woonky for its´ communication strategy.

 

 

 

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the above campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

For prior Sales Leads LatAm editions, click here.

  • Avon & Rappi

The international arm of Avon, Avon Products, Inc. continues to go after a millennial customer by partnering with on-demand delivery service Rappi. Currently, Avon is testing a pilot program of 150 products in the physical storefronts of 11 select top representatives, located in 11 different regions of greater São Paulo, Brazil. These stores are using the Rappi service to facilitate two-hour fulfillment to consumers. To use the Avon and Rappi service, customers are charged a delivery fee of US$1 to US$3, based on location. Danielle Bibas, Avon global chief creative and content officer said that “the company wants to become a digital social-selling company”Avon would not disclose the financial terms of the partnership. Avon is also offering this service in Colombian cities Medellin and Bogota, and it will expand it to 47 other cities in Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Chile and Mexico in the first half of the year.Avon has been operating in the country for over 60 years, and Brazil is its largest market.For its part, Latin America-based Rappi has 1 million subscribers in Brazil, and it increased penetration in the country by 30 percent month-over-month in 2018.

 

  • Emirates

Conversations are ongoing between authorities at Emirates in Dubai and Lima in Peru about starting flights between both cities continue to take place. According to Peru Trade, Tourism and Investment Office the lack of direct flights between Dubai and Lima is continuing to subdue trade between the two countries.Peru is the third largest investor in the UAE from Latin America, and was the second largest destination in South America for investment by UAE companies in 2018. For the time being, Emirates has “no firm plans to start services to Peru” but will continue to explore opportunities to strengthen the South American network.

 

 

  • Riviera Nayarit

Newlink, an internationally consulting firm based in Miami with offices throughout Latin America and Europe, will continue serving as public relations agency of record for the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2019 throughout North and South America. Newlink also announced that following a competitive RFP bidding process for public relations efforts, the agency has been tapped to lead media relations effort for the destination in Mexico. Newlink began spearheading strategic communications efforts for the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau’s in 2018, where the firm provided strategic council and impactful media relations efforts in markets including the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru. In 2019, the agency is committed to building upon the momentum generated the previous year in the aforementioned markets while further positioning Riviera Nayarit as an ideal luxury travel destination for the Mexican domestic market.Newlink’s catalogue of tourism clients includes Expedia, The Buenos Aires Tourism Board, LATAM Airlines Group, Bahia Principe and Hotel Xcaret México, among others across the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

 

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

 

  • Viva Air

Aviation entrepreneur Declan Ryan has confirmed that he hopes to float his Colombia-based Viva Air carrier on the stock market next year.The ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) operates in Colombia and Peru, flying routes in those countries and also to Miami. It carried four million passengers in 2017. It’s majority-owned by Dublin-based Irelandia Aviation, which has a track record of launching low-cost carriers. According to Mr Ryan, a son of the late Ryanair founder Tony Ryan, Viva Air is likely to undertake its initial public offering (IPO) in New York, and possibly also list in Colombia.Viva Air’s Colombian operations began in 2012, while the Peru unit was launched in 2017. In 2017, Viva Air placed an order for 50 Airbus jets in order to modernise its fleet and capture expansion opportunities in Latin America.Mr Ryan said digital innovation is playing a key role in airline development.

 

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the above campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

For prior Sales Leads LatAm editions, click here. 

 

  • LATAM Airlines

One of South America’s largest air carriers, LATAM Airlines, completed its first-ever direct flight from Latin America to Israel.The trip took place from the Chilean capital of Santiago via São Paulo/Guarulhos-Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport to Ben-Gurion International Airport outside of Tel Aviv. This is the sole direct route from Latin America to Israel, and will function once a day on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.From January to November of this year, Israel has experienced 146,000 tourists from Latin America—a 62 percent increase compared to 2016, according to Israel’s Tourism Ministry. Pablo Chiozza, SVP USA, Canada & Caribbean, LATAM Airlines Group is a member of Portada´s Travel Marketing Board.

 

 

  • W Hotels

W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, has announced the opening of W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal, the first W hotel in the country.W Costa Rica is located within a 2,300-acre nature reserve just minutes from Tamarindo, an internationally-renowned surf spot that has earned a reputation among amateur and professional wave enthusiasts. With more than 75 hotels in 50+ destinations worldwide, W Hotels & Resorts offer luxury, boutique hotels with a unique focus on design, music and fashion.

 

 

 

  • Bodega Luigi Bosca/ L Catterton

Bodega Luigi Bosca | Familia Arizu, one of the oldest and most renowned wineries in Argentina, announced that it has received a significant strategic investment from the Latin American fund of L Catterton, the largest and most global consumer-focused private equity firm in the world. Through its investment, L Catterton will partner with the Arizu family to support the global growth of the winery’s iconic brands and their long-term vision to expand into the most important international markets. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Bodega Luigi Bosca will continue to be run and managed by the Arizu family, who have built and developed the prestige and preeminence the winery enjoys today.

 

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

 

  • Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines, strengthened by its deep ties with Aeromexico, is relaunching nonstop service between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Mexico City. The year-round, daily flight is slated to begin June 8. It marks Delta’s third announcement of a new international destination for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this year. Delta flew between its Twin Cities hub and Mexico’s capital city several years ago, but didn’t have enough passengers to support the route and ceased service in August 2011. Since then, Delta and Aeromexico have formed a close joint venture — with Delta owning 49 percent of the Mexico-based carrier — which expands connecting traffic in both cities and increases the route’s chance of success.Aeromexico is the largest airline in Latin America and Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport is the region’s busiest airport. MSP passengers connect there to 41 other destinations in Mexico and Latin America, MSP officials said.

  • Newell Brands

Newell Brands, a premier consumer goods company, has selected WPP as its communications partner for its portfolio of brands globally following a review. In January, WPP will launch Team Newell to accelerate Newell Brands’ growth globally. Geometry, Mindshare and Eicoff will add their respective expertise in shopper marketing, media investment management and direct response television to Team Newell. Additionally, the former Wunderman (now Wunderman Thompson) has been engaged on the client’s digital marketing work, and VMLY&R on social media. Those agencies join existing Newell agencies, BCW, Superunion and Wunderman Thompson as Team Newell. The team, which will be based in New York, will continue to be led by Eva Ruzicka.Omnicom’s PHD was the global media buying incumbent for the company’s Rubbermaid brand since 2013, and did not compete to defend. Newell’s domestic marketing spend was US$101.5 million in 2017, according to Kantar Media. Global spend this year will be about US$80 million.Newell Brands is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer’s®, Coleman®, Marmot®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®,Mr. Coffee®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, First Alert®, and Yankee Candle®.

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the above campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

For prior Sales Leads LatAm editions, click here. 

  • L Catterton/ Cholula

Greenwich-based private equity firm L Catterton is acquiring Jose Cuervo-backed mexican hot sauce producer and distributor Cholula. Manufactured in Chapala, a town in the Mexican state of Jalisco, Cholula is named after the 2,500-year-old city that is Mexico’s oldest inhabited municipality. The product line was introduced to the U.S. market in 1989 and became identifiable for its distinctive mix of piquin and arbol peppers and its colorful packaging capped with a round wooden top.The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The transaction was a collaboration between L Catterton’s Flagship Buyout Fund and L Catterton Latin America.

 

 

  • Gol

Brazilian airline Gol will lease 11 Boeing aircraft from Irish aviation financier Avolon from next year.Avolon said on Monday that it has agreed to lease 11 of the Boeing 737 Max 8 craft that it has on order from the US manufacturer to Rio de Janeiro-based Gol.The Irish company intends to begin delivering the planes to Gol from the middle of next year.Felipe Campos, Avolon’s head of Latin America, pointed out the craft would boost the airline’s efficiency and reliability and allow Gol to expand.Gol is listed in New York and Sao Paulo. It had revenues of US$9 billion last year and profits of US$70 million.The carrier has almost 40 per cent of Brazil’s domestic air travel market and around 10 per cent of its international traffic.

 

 

  • Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Karisma is expanding with Nickelodeon, Margaritaville hotel brands. Karisma Hotels & Resorts, which has several resort brands under its umbrella, has already made quite the name for itself in the Mexican Caribbean as well as Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. When it comes to expanding, it is showing no signs of slowing down.Karisma is most focused on at the moment, Nickelodeon and Margaritaville, an All-Inclusive Experience by Karisma.The plan is not to bring massive hotels to smaller islands. The primary reason that Karisma envisions Margaritaville on smaller islands is that the Margaritaville hotels are flexible, from small hotels of 100 to 200 rooms on up. As for Nickelodeon, the next one to open will be in Riviera Maya in 2020. Karisma is looking at expansion opportunities for Nickelodeon all over Latin America, where Poling said brand awareness is strong.

 

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

 

 

  • ROXOR

Mahindra Vehicle Sales & Service announced the appointment of Global X-Sports LLC as exclusive distributor of its ROXOR vehicles in Latin America and the Caribbean. Representing multiple premium brands in the region as well as having extensive experience in powersports vehicles, Global X-Sports is perfectly aligned to represent Mahindra’s new ROXOR products.ROXOR is a fully customizable off-road only, turbo-diesel vehicle designed to handle the toughest of jobs and most rugged terrain.

 

 

  • Bespoke Travel Group

The Bespoke Travel Group, the company behind luxury travel brands Bespoke Brazil and Bespoke Latin America, has rebranded under the name Humboldt. The travel company, which specialises in luxurious tailor-made packages to Latin America, have changed their identity to exemplify the adventurous and exclusive nature of their products, as they expand into other parts of the world.Since their establishment in 2011, the Bespoke Travel Group has gained a strong reputation and loyal customer base for their individual five-star packages to Brazil and South America. Featuring a copper sextant to represent discovery, the new brand identity will allow the company to continue their expansion into other areas of the world.To develop the brand, the Norfolk-based company employed Full Mix Marketing.

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the above campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

For prior Sales Leads LatAm editions, click here. 

  • Lactalis

Zenith has won the global pitch for the consolidated media business of dairy products corporation Lactalis. Zenith has been appointed Master Agency Partner, commanding 75% of Lactalis’ markets.The win sees Zenith retain all its existing markets in EMEA, APAC and Lat Am and take on 11 new ones, including Canada, UK and USA. Lactalis is a global leader within the dairy industry, with leading local dairy brands in each of its markets. The group is the number one cheese manufacturer in the world and the European leader in milk consumption, butter and cream.As Master Agency Partner, Zenith will have lead media communications responsibility, with global coordination run from Zenith’s HQ in London. Zenith will now work with Lactalis both centrally and locally to deliver against the company’s growth targets.

  • Luxottica

Milan-based eyewear brand Luxottica has awarded its global media account to Zenith, following a competitive pitch.The business was previously held by OMD, which won the global account in 2012. Luxottica owns brands including Ray-Ban and Oakley, as well as making frames for the likes of Chanel, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana.

 

 

 

  • Viva Air Group

Boxever, the market-leading personalisation platform, announced its partnership with Viva Air, Latin America’s leading low-cost airline will use Boxever’s Customer Data Platform and next-generation decisioning engine to help centralise its data and drive personalised experiences for its customers.The partnership comes at a time of growth and expansion for Viva Air. The airline has been in business for six years, transporting more than 16.8 million customers across Colombia and Peru. Recently the low-cost carrier opened the first innovation laboratory in the aviation and tourism sector in Latin America – Viva Air Labs which is dedicated to advancing aviation technology through partnerships with universities, government entities and local tech companies.

 

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

  • P&G

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has completed its acquisition of Merck KGaA’s Consumer Health business, in a move to help boost its flagging sales prospects.As part of the US$4.2 billion deal, Merck KGaA’s Consumer Health president & CEO Uta Kemmerich-Keil will join P&G as leader of P&G Personal Healthcare International, an organisation encompassing the newly combined OTC healthcare businesses in Europe, Latin America, and Asia/EMEA. The deal provides the US firm with several faster-growing brands such as Seven Seas and Neurobion, as well as greater exposure in the Latin American and Asian markets.

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the above campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

For prior Sales Leads LatAm editions, click here. 

  • Avon

Beauty brand Avon has consolidated its global media buying and planning business with agency Spark Foundry, following a formal review. Media Buying & Planning were previously handled by Publicis Media agency and WPP’s GroupM. From January 2019, Spark Foundry will “hub” the account from London. Key markets outside the U.S. include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, the Philippines and the UK. Avon spent US$118 million on global advertising in 2017, according to its latest annual report. In 2016,Avon hired Horizon Media as agency-of-record for offline media and activation in the U.S., a move that came after the beauty brand separated from its global parent and became a privately held company in North America.The North American business, which is now majority-owned by Cerberus Capital Management, operates under the name New Avon, but is still known as Avon to consumers and representatives.

 

 

  • Viva Air

Viva Air, Latin America‘s leading low-cost airline, announced a new direct international route between Miami and Santa Marta. This will be the first direct route ever offered between the two cities, with rates starting from US$174 USD round trip. Tickets are currently available to book on www.vivaair.com, with the first flights departing December 18th, 2018. Viva Air will operate 3 flights per week between Miami and Santa Marta on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 10:38am. The airline has offered direct flights from Miami to Medellin since December 2015, carrying more than 150,000 passengers.With this new route, Viva Air will connect the region while further positioning Colombia as a major tourist destination for US travelers.

 

 

  • Volkswagen

Omnicom has been appointed Volkswagen´s creative AOR inEurope and South America. The German automaker will centralize its marketing to be run from four main hubs that it calls “powerhouses.” They are based in Berlin, New York, São Paulo and Beijing. VW previously used roughly 40 agencies globally. Omnicom’s PHD remains Volkswagen’s global media agencyAs VW’s “Powerhouse” agency for North America, WPP will handle Digital, Creative, Dealer and Production throughout the United States and Canada, with additional responsibility for Mexico. WPP formed a new entity to handle the account called The VW Partnership. The review covered the automaker’s flagship VW brand, not its other nameplates, which include Audi.Volkswagen is the 61st-largest advertiser in the U.S. with US$746 million in spending last year, according to the Ad Age Datacenter. Globally, The Volkswagen company ranks sixth, at US$6.74 billion, according to the Ad Age Datacenter.

 

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

  • Foreo

The Swedish beauty and well-being brand Foreo, maker of facial cleansing brushes, electric toothbrushes & eye massagers, readies for global expansion in 2019. The beauty tech brand is now present in more than 200 duty free stores in 23 countries. According to Foreo’s Global Travel Retail Director Gary Leong  the brand´s expansion has already reached major capitals in Europe, North America, and Oceania (covering the entire Pacific Rim) and has started to spread in Latin America and the Middle East as well. North America, Latin America and Europe will be the brand´s main focus in 2019.Facial masks – with their roots in Asia – have been the most significant trend in the beauty in dustry and the most searched-for skincare term in 2017, according to Google.

 

  • Betterez

Betterez, a Toronto-based tech startup modernizing the ticketing and reservations systems of the ground travel industry, announced that it will be powering omnichannel ticketing and reservations for one of Latin America’s largest bus operators, Grupo Senda. The company transports over 75 million passengers yearly to over a thousand destinations. Grupo Senda operates nearly 800 routes across Mexico and the United States and helps millions of people who rely on it, often as their only mode of transportation. As more of its core passengers are purchasing tickets online and its US expansion continues, Grupo Senda selected Betterez to help them digitize more sales channels and get to know their customers better.The expansion into Latin America marks a significant milestone for Betterez. Using an agile approach to implementation, Betterez and Grupo expect a more rapid launch of phase one of the new ticketing and reservation system in September 2019.

 

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the above campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

For prior Sales Leads LatAm editions, click here. 

  • LATAM airlines

Chilean owned LATAM airlines has announced that it will operate three weekly flights between Montego Bay, Jamaica and its major hub in Lima, Peru starting July 1 next year. LATAM Airlines Group is Latin America’s largest airline group operating more than 1,200 flights per day and transports 67-million passengers per year. The airline has one of the largest route networks in the world, offering air services to around 140 destinations in 25 countries. LATAM has significant presence in six domestic markets in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

 

 

  • Hilton

Hilton announced the opening of Hilton Guadalajara Midtown, the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand’s second hotel in Guadalajara and eighth property in Mexico. This opening is also a celebrated addition to Hilton’s expanding portfolio in the country, where the company has more than 60 hotels across seven brands welcoming travelers. Situated in the heart of the city’s financial and business district, the 225-room vibrant hotel in Guadalajara features a swimming pool, fitness center, signature restaurant, two bars and more than 11,500 square feet of flexible event space.Conveniently located less than 12 miles from Guadalajara International Airport, Hilton Guadalajara Midtown offers travelers access to Plaza del Sol shopping center as well as neighboring markets and attractions such as Teatro Degollado, Lake Chapala and Expiatory Temple. Guests can also take the famed Tequila Tour by train from Guadalajara to Tequila Jalisco.

 

  • Univar

Univar Inc., a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, announced the opening of a new sales center in Colombia, to expand Latin American reach. The new sales center brings additional product, market and technical expertise to the region and expands Univar’s overall presence in important growth markets.Univar will continue to expand the Colombian sales center through 2019 as the company looks to further strengthen its presence in the Latin American region.

 

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

 

  • Llao Llao

Argentinian exclusive resort Llao Llao, located in the city of Bariloche, has appointed  Socialive as its creative, digital and media agency.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Grupo Habita

The pioneer of boutique hotel design in Mexico, Grupo Habita, has partnered with the global hotel industry’s leading guest acquisition platform, SiteMinder, to capitalize on the rise of international tourists in the country.Grupo Habita, which launched at a time when Mexico City struggled to appeal to international leisure travelers, has brought leisure tourism into less-travelled destinations for almost two decades. The hotel group has amassed 12 lifestyle properties across Mexico, as well as two in the United States, and today says technology will allow it to continue innovating and tapping into new source markets.Mexico ranked as the sixth most visited country in the world in 2017, with 39.3 million international visitors. It is expected to achieve a new record in 2018, having attracted more than 30.5 million international visitors during the first nine months, which is up 6.8% based on year-on-year figures.Already, Grupo Habita is working on future must-see destinations, including the remodeling of a mansion in Puebla, Mexico, and new properties in both Los Angeles and Austin, Texas.

 

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the above campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

For prior Sales Leads LatAm editions, click here. 

  • Tony Roma’s®

Romacorp, Inc., the parent company of Tony Roma’s®, announced the opening of its newest restaurant, located in one of Bolivia‘s most populated cities, Santa Cruz. Situated in Barrio Equipetrol, a center for nightlife known for its popular restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs, the new Tony Roma’s will be open from noon to midnight on Sundays through Wednesdays, and from noon to 2 a.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays. This is the first Tony Roma’s restaurant for franchisee Grupo Restaurantes Internationales de Bolivia, S.R.L.The Santa Cruz opening resumes the momentum of international and domestic growth for the brand on the heels of their transformation which is revolutionizing the restaurant industry.Romacorp, Inc., is the parent company of Tony Roma’s restaurants, one of the world’s largest casual dining concept specializing in ribs. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Romacorp, Inc. has nearly 150 restaurant locations in more than 30 countries and is one of the most globally recognizable names in the industry.

  • Sol

Heineken´s Sol has launched its new brand positioning Taste the Sun, which embraces the sun’s positive energy, and reinforces the brand’s heritage as a lager born in Mexico, reflecting the country’s passion and vitality.The new campaign puts a spotlight on the brand’s longstanding connection with the sun by showing how every moment can be revitalized by the power of sunlight. Sol has created a series of innovative social posts that encapsulate the energy and freedom of the sun. Running across digital, TV, outdoors, e-commerce and off-trade activations, the campaign will be rolled out throughout 2018/19, starting with Chile, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Paraguay. It will then continue to be launched worldwide, from Australia to Belgium, South Africa to the UK. Today, the Mexican-born beer is available in more than 70 markets and has seen double-digit growth over the past year. Sol was founded in Mexico in 1899 and acquired by HEINEKEN in 2010.

  • Walmart

Walmart‘s main initiative to compete in the E-commerce space, particularly in LatAm, has been an omnichannel strategy, according to Jenifer Bice, Senior Director, International Communications. The key concept today for the american multinational retail corporation is “convenience“. According to Bice, consumers are looking for companies that make it all easier. In the US and also in Latin America, customers are wanting convenience, access, trust in the companies they’re engaging with, and to know that they’re not only getting great prices but also quality products. Walmart is looking to innovate and produce solutions to make customers´ lives easier and more convenient.  A key aspect of the equation is expedited delivery, which is why the company has decided to partner up with players in the delivery industry. The results in Latin America speak for themselves. In Chile, Walmart´s online sales have doubled in the past year and customers keep coming back. In Mexico, the brand launched an application called Cashi, to serve customers in mexico who are unbanked, so they have an option to be able to go in Walmart stores, use cash, and apply that cash to their app. Walmart has about 3,200 retail locations across Latin America.

 

  • Hilton

Hilton has opened a 171-room hotel overlooking Pilar Golf Club on the outskirts of the Argentine capital Buenos Aires. Located near the Pilar Industrial Park, the hotel is marketing itself to corporate travellers and provides an exclusive area for indoor and outdoor teambuilding activities.Hilton Pilar is 35 miles from domestic airport Jorge Newbery and 52 miles from Ministro Pistarini International.It is Hilton’s fourth hotel in Argentina, and the second under the Hilton Hotels and Resorts brand in the country, joining Hilton Buenos Aires, Hilton Garden Inn Tucuman and Anselmo Buenos Aires (part of the Curio Collection).

 

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

 

  • Almundo

Iberostar Group, the Spanish owner of 110 Iberostar Hotel and Resorts worldwide, has increased its´stake in Buenos Aires based Almundo, an emerging rival of Argentinean travel online seller Despegar. Iberostar Group owns 75 percent of Almundo. In September, the group invested an additional US$12 million in Almundo, following on US$28 million the group invested in the company during the first quarter. Almundo will finish 2018 with annual gross bookings processed offline and online of close to US$500 million again. Today Almundo runs 67 retail agency outlets in Argentina and aims to grow that number to 200 branch offices by the end of 2019. It believes its technology, inventory, and marketing will draw many independent agencies to become franchisees. In Brazil, Almundo faces a formidable challenge there, given the established players. In Argentina, Despegar remains a formidable competitor. In Mexico and Colombia, Almundo is working to improve its marketing and operational efficiency. Almundo, which has more than 850 employees today, is also looking to expand outside of Latin America by 2020.

 

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the above campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

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  • Coca-Cola

Following a pan-regional pitch, Coca-Cola has selected Starcom, a Publicis Media agency, to continue to  manage their business in Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela while expanding  the relationship in nine additional markets including Costa Rica, Panama,  Guatemala and Dominican Republic. As part of this new partnership, Starcom will continue to ensure excellence in media planning and buying  while transforming and accelerating Coca-Cola’s business growth  regionally.  Starcom will service the business through a data-driven model as well as  other customized tools for the brand and market. There will be a regional  hub in Colombia dedicated to centralizing all planning, integration and  digital transformation. In addition, each local market will have a team that  specializes in data, analytics and digital transformation. This expansion will continue to strengthen a global relationship that has existed for almost 25 years.

 

  • Wyndham

The Wyndham hotel chain is planning to open eight new properties in Mexico next year including one under its most luxurious brand. Alejandro Moreno, the company’s general manager for Latin America and the Caribbean, said Wyndham is expanding in Mexico because the country is a rising power in tourism and the sector is expected to continue to grow in the coming years.With the eight new properties, the number of Wyndham hotels in Mexico will increase from 52 to 60.The most-hyped upcoming opening is that of a Wyndham Grand Hotel in Mexico City.The Mexico City Wyndham Grand will become the company’s 11th brand with a presence in the country.

 

 

  • PepsiCo Latin America

As consumers in Latin America increasingly demand more nutritious food options, PepsiCo has continued to expand its portfolio to meet the evolving preferences of consumers towards more nutritious options.To satisfy these changing consumer preferences, PepsiCo has embarked on an ambitious expansion of its Latin American portfolio of more nutritious foods and beverages through brands like Tropicana, Naked, Kero Coco and Quaker, with the aim of reducing the amount of artificial ingredients and other additives, such as sugars, saturated fats, sodium and calories, in its products.To help meet these goals, PepsiCo has invested in research and development (R&D) centers in key countries in the region.These hubs are responsible not only for driving innovation for the company in Latin America, but also contributing to research and development projects that accelerate innovation for PepsiCo in other parts of the world.PepsiCo Latin America has also invested in its “Nutrition for the Future” platform, a hub of programs focused on increasing access to nutritious food and beverages, education for healthy lifestyles and balanced nutrition, and support for agro-economic self-sufficiency.PepsiCo has already reached 20,000 people in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela, with these programs, and expects to reach another 10,000 by 2020.

 

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

 

  • Azul/ Copa Airlines

Azul Brazilian Airlines and Copa Airlines have announced a broad cooperation agreement that will connect the two largest route networks in Latin and South America. As part of this agreement, customers can conveniently connect to Azul’s unrivaled domestic network when flying Copa into and out of Brazil. This agreement means that Copa customers can now potentially access all of Azul’s 101 domestic destinations in Brazil, including 52 destinations not served by any other airline. In the near future, Azul will also place its code on Copa flights into and out of its Panama city hub, allowing Azul’s domestic customers to take advantage of the broadest network in Latin America.

 

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  • Daimler

German auto giant Daimler has consolidated its global media business with Omnicom Media Group following a review. As of January 1, 2019, OMG will be responsible for more than 40 markets worldwide and all Daimler divisions (Mercedes-Benz Cars, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Trucks, Daimler Buses, Daimler Financial Services). Daimler´s spending is estimated at US$950 million.

 

 

 

  • Visa

Visa announced a strategic minority investment in Conductor, a leading digital payments processing technology platform in Brazil, to help accelerate innovation in payments and enable Conductor’s product expansion. The investment reinforces the existing partnership between Visa and Conductor, as well as the companies’ shared vision for driving adoption of digital payments across e-commerce and mobile commerce in Brazil. Backed by Riverwood Capital since 2014, Conductor has become a key technology-processing platform for retailers, banks, and other companies in Brazil looking to issue different type of cards and digitize their payments, resulting in better engagement and increased loyalty amongst consumers.Visa’s investment in Conductor is part of a broader global strategy to open up the Visa ecosystem.Earlier this month, Visa announced it would expand its fast-track onboarding program to fintechs from Latin American and the Caribbean in December 2018 to provide them with the ability to more rapidly onboard to VisaNet, Visa’s global network.

 

  • La Salteña

Argentinean media agency Mídios, chaired by Héctor González, has won La Salteña account and will be in charge of developing the communication strategy and media planning for the brand. The agency has already started collaborating with the brand and implementing a campaign. General Mills´ La Salteña is one of the top marketers of high-quality refrigerated dough

 

 

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

 

  • JetBlue

JetBlue announced that new flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood international Airport (FLL) and Guayaquil, Ecuador’s José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) are now on sale with the route set to launch on February 28, 2019 (a). JetBlue is offering an introductory fare on the airline’s latest international route starting at just US$89 one way from Fort Lauderdale (b).Guayaquil becomes JetBlue’s sixth destination in South America, second in Ecuador and expands the airline’s broader reach into Latin America and the Caribbean. In recent years, the airline’s network strategy has focused on enhancing international markets which has translated into service in 22 countries. JetBlue’s footprint outside of the U.S. continues to grow as the airline adds and increases routes to more than a dozen unique island destinations in the Caribbean and in various cities in Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, and Colombia.

 

  • Hilton

Canopy by Hilton, Hilton’s lifestyle brand, signed its first property in South America—Canopy by Hilton São Paulo Jardins, slated to open in Brazil in late 2019. The 98-room adaptive-reuse hotel will be owned by Tati Construtora e Incorporadora and managed by Hilton.Designed as a natural extension of the vibrant and pedestrian-friendly neighborhood of Jardins, Canopy by Hilton São Paulo Jardins will welcome guests with a strong sense of place inspired by the area’s local surroundings, including an intimate lobby with chic design elements that provide a glimpse of the area’s trendy, upscale offerings, according to the brand. There will be Canopy Central, an area with a restaurant and bar serving local contemporary cuisine and a flexible meeting space, as well as a lounge and fitness center.

  • Starbucks Corp

Starbucks Corp., the world’s biggest coffee chain is trimming down its European corporate operations and giving its long-time Latin American partner the rights to open and run cafes in four new countries. Under the licensing deal, Mexico City-based Alsea SAB will be allowed to expand the Starbucks brand in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, where its presence is relatively limited compared to neighboring markets like the U.K.The coffee chain is under pressure to improve its business worldwide as demand dwindles for its signature Frappuccinos and customers — who once saw Starbucks as high end — trade up for more premium coffees.

 

 

 

  • Uber Eats

Uber Eats has tied up with Café Coffee Day (CCD), to launch the country’s largest network of virtual restaurants. It will start ‘delivery-only’ restaurants exclusively on the Uber Eats app, for which both the companies will come up with various brands. The first restaurant brand is scheduled to launch in November. Uber Eats would provide the technology, backend and delivery logistics.Depending on its success, the company plans to take this to other markets where it is eyeing rapid expansion such as Latin America.

 

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  • W Hotels

W Hotels Worldwide is headed to Brazil. Parent company Marriott International Inc. has just announced the signing of the brand’s first hotel in Brazil. W São Paulo is slated to join this year’s lineup of W openings in the region, including W Panama (opened as of February 2018) and W Costa Rica (opening in late 2018).The opening of W São Paulo will mark the seventh W hotel in the Caribbean and Latin America region alongside W Santiago, W Mexico City, W Costa Rica, W Panama, W Colombia and W Punta de Mita.

 

 

 

  • Amazon

Amazon.com Inc is scouting for land in central Mexico for a fourth distribution center in the country, sources said, aiming at a bigger slice of the burgeoning e-commerce market in Latin America’s second-largest economy.The expansion plan highlights Amazon’s intent to plant roots beyond Mexico’s bustling capital, banking on the nation’s potential to grow into an e-commerce engine of Latin America.Online shopping in Mexico comprised just 3.0 percent of total sales last year, according to market research firm Euromonitor International, but it is projected to more than double by 2022, reaching US$14 billion.The retail’s target is Queretaro state in the industrial center of Mexico.Queretaro, 114 miles north of Mexico City, is within a day’s reach of Monterrey and Guadalajara, two of Mexico’s most populous regions.

 

  • Hilton

Hilton announced the opening of Hilton Guatemala City, the brand’s first property in Guatemala. Strategically located near the historic heart of downtown, the 130-room neo-colonial-style hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, two whirlpools, lush gardens surrounding the guestrooms, restaurant and more than 4,000 square feet of event space.Hilton currently has a portfolio of approximately 140 hotels and resorts open and welcoming travelers in the Caribbean and Latin America. The company is actively pursuing additional Caribbean and Latin American growth opportunities and currently has a robust pipeline of nearly 90 hotels throughout the region.

 

 

  • Rappi

Rappi has indicated that it is likely to offer the ability for customers to buy Bitcoin on its platform.Rappi conducted a survey of customers in Colombia in order to gauge their interest in purchasing cryptocurrency through the service. Given the company’s plans to go ahead with the offering, it’s understood that the outcome of its market testing was positive.Although Rappi currently operates in six Central and South American countries, it appears that this service will be rolled out in Colombia at least to start with.The company’s move toward cryptocurrency may appeal particularly in Argentina should they choose to roll it out there given the recent surge in Bitcoin ATM’s being installed in the country. Carlos Leal,Marketing Director at Rappi, is a member of Portada´s Council System.

 

  • Hyundai Motors

US-based Here Technologies, a mapping and localization service for the automotive industry, has made a deal with Hyundai motors to provide integrated real-time traffic information systems for brand new vehicles in Latin America.Besides the Here Map Content system which offers comprehensive data of roads and points of interest, Hyundai will also receive Here Real Time Traffic which is a real-time service that aggregates data from a global network of connected multi-brand car fleets to provide information on traffic conditions.With this, drivers will have continuous access to accurate information on the conditions of roads and streets.The system can also be processed and used by a vehicle’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).With the deal, Here is now serving a total of four automakers in the region. The others are Honda, Mitsubishi, and Renault.

 

2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

 

  • Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises is because the company is creating new sailings for 2019 and 2020 with visits to ports in Mexico, Honduras, Grand Cayman, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. Cruisers looking for a trip can pick from 152 departure dates ranging from seven- to 56- days. The boutique line is launching a new Star Collector: Grand Caribbean Adventure on the Wind Surf, the largest sailing ship on Earth. The nearly two-month cruise is a means for travelers to explore the Caribbean’sGreater and Lesser Antilles and Latin America.

 

 

 

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  • Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark continues to break stigmas and barriers for its consumers through innovative campaigns like ‘Let’s Move On’ – a recent Gold Effie Award-winning campaign led by Intimus® and KOTEX® in Latin America designed to challenge society’s negative perceptions of periods.As leading feminine care brands that champion womens’ progress, the Intimus and KOTEX brands continue to take steps to innovate our products to meet the needs of modern women while breaking period taboos. This year, Intimus and KOTEX introduced #SheCan – an evolution of the campaign to continue to push for progress.”Periods are part of being a woman. They do not define who we are or prevent us from achieving what we want in life,” said Samia Chehab, Kimberly-Clark General Manager of Adult and Feminine Care in Latin America. “As a market leader, KOTEX has an obligation to shine a light on those stereotypes that shouldn’t be alive anymore in today’s society. It’s our role to make it easier for future generations of women.”

  • Sigue Money Transfer

Sigue Money Transfer (Sigue), a leading U.S. remittance company to Latin America, announced its service will be available in thousands of Mexico’s largest and most well-known chain of convenience stores, OXXO. The expansion to Sigue’s network is made in partnership with TransNetwork, a B2B fintech integrator and processor of payment solutions. Sigue customers can now conveniently send money to beneficiaries through more than 16,700 OXXO stores located across cities and towns in Mexico, as well as through a total of over 38,000 Sigue payment locations throughout Mexico.

 

 

  • American Express

American Express announced it has selected IPG/Universal McCann (UM) to support its strategic media planning and buying globally, ending 20-year Mindshare relationship. This announcement follows the completion of a global media agency review that the company initiated in June of this year. Beginning January 2019, UM will work across American Express and in collaboration with its creative agencies to help the company deliver its new global brand platform, “Powerful Backing.” Launched earlier this year, “Powerful Backing” is focused on communicating all the ways American Express backs its customers in life and business to help them thrive.MediaLink, a strategic advisory firm led by digital experts Michael Kassan and Wenda Harris Millard, managed the review.In the U.S. last year the firm spent US$295 million on measured media according to Kantar Media. 

 

 

  • Intel Corp.

Santa Clara, California-based technology company Intel Corp. has appointed a Dentsu Aegis Network solution called “Team Intel” as its global media agency of record.The company´s new media team will handle digital, social, programmatic, search, offline media and analytics and will be staffed by people from the networks’s shops including Carat, Merkle and Amnet. The team will work closely with creative agency McGarryBowen and Intel’s other creative shops. Intel will continue to work with incumbents iProspect and Cardinal Path for search and digital marketing.OMD has been the incumbent since winning the brand´s media business back in 2008. The Team Intel relationship will handle hundreds of campaigns across more than 20 countries and the team will be located in regional hubs in Los Angeles, London, Singapore and Beijing, the holding company said in a statement.IntelCorp. spent an estimated US$86 million in the U.S. in 2017, according to Kantar Media.

  • JetBlue

JetBlue announced a series of network changes that will advance its strategy in multiple focus cities. The reallocation of service will result in a new JetBlue city in Ecuador, new service between current JetBlue cities, and additional flights on popular routes. JetBlue will launch new service at Guayaquil, Ecuador’s José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) with flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) (a). Service will operate daily and is expected to take off in the first quarter of 2019. Guayaquil becomes the second JetBlue city in Ecuador – Quito launched in 2016 – and the sixth JetBlue city in South America overall. The new flights between Fort Lauderdale and Guayaquil expand JetBlue’s footprint outside the U.S., and is part of a broader reach into international markets. In recent years the airline has built a robust network throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and now operates in 22 countries. JetBlue is a leading airline in markets like Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. The airline also serves more than a dozen unique island destinations throughout the Caribbean along with various cities in Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru.

  • Marriott International

Marriott International debuted a bold new media campaign showcasing the power of its independent hotel platform across the company’s three collection brands: The Luxury Collection, Autograph Collection Hotels and Tribute Portfolio. Rolling out globally through the end of the year, the creative campaign reinforces the growing demand among today’s consumers for the unique travel experiences found at Marriott International’s global portfolio of 300 independent properties.Conceived, developed and produced by creative agency MATTE Projects collaboratively with the brands’ marketing team, the campaign was inspired by the idea that everyone has a story – referring to the hotels themselves and guests who leave with a lasting impression. The collection category campaign was shot on 5 continents.Led with a :60 hero film, shorter executions will roll out across a variety of platforms ranging from in-flight entertainment and cinema theatres, to digital and social media – first in North America followed by Europe and Latin America through the end of 2018.

 

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  • United Airlines

United Airlines has awarded its global media business to Dentsu Aegis Network following a review that began this summer. Carat will handle media planning and buying, Merkle targeted marketing and 360i social media. The airline’s creative agency of record is Dentsu-owned mcgarrybowen, which retained the account in 2016 after a closed review. The brand´s Ad spend was nearly US$220 million in 2017, according to the company’s annual report for that year.

 

 

 

  • GSK

Publicis Media has been awarded pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline US$1.7 billion global media assignment.The firm’s last global media review was in 2015 when it divided the assignment between incumbents Mediacom and Mindshare and Omnicom Media Group’s PHD.Publicis Media has created a dedicated agency unit for the account. GKS spends US$1.8 billion on advertising in 2017, per its annual report for that year. PHD handled the U.S. media work while GroupM shop Mindshare managed media in APAC and Latin America.

 

 

 

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  • Moxy

Moxy is preparing to bring its playful approach to hotels to the Caribbean and Latin America.The brand announced that four Moxy projects have been approved for the Caribbean, Central America and South America. However, the brand only revealed the specific location of one of those projects thus far, a 165-room Moxy in Medellin, Colombia.All of the new properties in the region are expected to come online by about 2020, the company said.Debuted in Europe in 2014, Marriott’s Moxy properties has grown to include nearly 30 operating hotels and more than 90 properties in its development pipeline globally. Worldwide, Moxy Hotels is on pace to double its current portfolio by 2020.

 

 

  • Hilton

Hilton has signed three new hotels in Colombia to its portfolio: the Atolón Hotel Cartagena Tierra Bomba, Curio Collection by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn Pereira and Hilton Garden Inn Cartagena. Currently, Hilton has 18 hotels in the country.Currently under construction with a planned opening in early 2019, the Atolón Hotel Cartagena Tierra Bomba opening is planned for the first quarter of 2020.Also opening in the first quarter of 2020, the Hilton Garden Inn Pereira will be the company’s first hotel in Pereria.In the last year, Hilton has opened five hotels across three brands in the country, including the in-market debut of the Conrad Hotels & Resorts brand in Cartagena. Early next year, Hilton plans to open the Hilton Bogota Corferias Convention Center, located in the city’s commercial area.

 

 

  • Arca Continental

Arca Continental, Latin America’s No. 2 Coke bottler, said it paid US$506.8 million to purchase 223.8 million common shares of Peru’s Corporacion Lindley, increasing its holding of voting shares in the company to 99.78 percent.Arca subsidiary AC Bebidas signed the stock purchase agreement with Peru Beverage Limitada, a unit of The Coca-Cola Company, which prices the shares at US$2.26 dollars a piece.

 

  • Grupo Bimbo

Global 100% renewable electricity initiative RE100 announced at Climate Week NYC the addition of seven new members, bringing the total number of companies up to 152, and introducing the first companies from Latin America and Turkey. Specifically, the world’s largest bakery company, Grupo Bimbo, from Latin America is targeting 100% renewable electricity in relatively short timeframes  by 2025. Headquartered in Mexico and with operations in 32 countries, Grupo Bimbo has set a target of 100% renewable electricity across its entire operations by 2025, with an interim goal of 80% by 2020, and will look to build its own solar PV projects, as well as sign Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), renewable electricity attribute certificates, and greren tariffs.

 

 

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  • JW Marriott Panama

Marriott International announced the opening of JW Marriott Panama in Panama City. JW Marriott Panama, formerly The Bahia Grand Panama Hotel, enjoys an ocean front location in Panama’s iconic 932-foot building – the tallest in Central America.Situated in the heart of the prestigious neighborhood of Punta Pacifica, JW Marriott Panama is located within minutes of the city’s main commercial, banking and entertainment areas. Panama has seen an increase in popularity among travelers due to a strategic planning vision of the country, which seeks to strengthen Panama’s positioning in Latin America’s competitive landscape among international markets.

 

 

 

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  • Walmart

Walmart Inc will acquire Latin American food delivery service Cornershop for US$225 million, it said in a move to ramp up its online grocery business in Mexico and Chile. The deal mirrors Walmart’s growing investments and tie-ups in online delivery services across the globe, as it aims to compete with Amazon.com Inc, the world’s largest online retailer. Shares of the retail company’s Mexico division, known as Walmex, jumped more than 3% on the news, closing at their highest level since late July. Walmart’s acquisition of three-year-old Cornershop, which offers its service through a mobile app and was founded in San Francisco, will help it quicken deliveries for its Walmart, Superama and Sam’s Club stores in Mexico, according to analysts.

 

  • Hilton

Hilton announced its partnership with all-inclusive specialist Playa Hotels & Resorts to grow Hilton’s portfolio of all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Latin America. If Playa sounds familiar, it’s because it is the same company that Hyatt worked with back in 2015 to launch Hyatt’s two all-inclusive resort brands, Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara.Hilton’s alliance with Playa includes the addition and renovations of two all-inclusive resort properties that will be owned and managed by Playa. Unlike Playa’s partnership with Hyatt, Hilton has decided to use the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand for its all-inclusive properties, rather than launch new ones.one about the future of travel. SubscribeThe two initial resorts to be added under this partnership by the end of 2018 will be the Hilton La Romana, an All-Inclusive Resort (formerly known as the Dreams La Romana), and the Hilton Playa del Carmen, an All-Inclusive Resort (formerly The Royal Playa del Carmen). Hilton and Playa have plans to open eight more all-inclusive resorts together by 2025. Luis Perillo, Hilton VP, Sales & Marketing, Caribbean & Latin America and a member of Portada´s Travel Marketing Board, will be part of PortadaNY next Sept 24&25.

 

 

  • GUESS

GUESS, the global lifestyle brand famous for its iconic ad campaigns, and their timeless trend setting denim are teaming with multiple Latin Grammy Award Winner J Balvin to introduce GUESS Vibras. The 7-piece capsule of concert merchandise is set to launch September 19th on tour with J Balvin and will be sold at select GUESS stores near the concert locations days leading up to each performance.“My partnership with GUESS, a brand that has strong roots in the Latin community, not only aligns with my personal brand, but with my community and fanbase as well,” says J Balvin. The exclusive 7-piece GUESS Vibras collection, which is inspired by Balvin’s chart-topping “VIBRAS” album, and his personal style. Established in 1981, GUESS operates 1,061 retail stores in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The Company and its licensees and distributors operated in approximately 100 countries worldwide.

 

 

  • Mercado Libre

Mercado Libre, one of Latin America’s leading e-commerce technology company, selected Talkdesk, an enterprise contact center platform, to power and optimize their customer service and sales teams. Mercado Libre will deploy Talkdesk Enterprise Contact Center Platform to their teams in Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Brazil. Supporting both sales and contact center operations through multiple platforms proved to be a costly and inefficient use of resources. Moving to Talkdesk Enterprise Contact Center Platform will allow Mercado Libre to drive operational efficiencies, reduce costs and increase revenue.

 

2018 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

 

  • Treebo Hotels

Ruptub Solutions, which owns and operates budget hotel chain Treebo Hotels, is planning to enter homestay business as it seeks to tap the nascent but fast-expanding non-hotel accommodation, a popular option among new-generation travellers.Encouraged by the potential in the budget hotel segment, the app-based hotel aggregator is also preparing to set its foot in “India-like” markets in a bid to scale up its business and have a diversified customer base.Buoyed by the potential of budget hotels in emerging markets, Treebo is studying markets such as South Asia, South East Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Africa for an entry.Treebo plans to double the number of hotels registered on its platform to 800 by 2019 from the current 400.

 

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  • Walmart

Walmart has announced it is acquiring Cornershop, a leading online marketplace for on-demand delivery from supermarkets, pharmacies and specialty food retailers in Mexico and Chile.Walmart will pay US$225 million for Cornershop, which has seen its number of unique users double in the past 12 months. Closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected by the end of the year.As part of the agreement, Cornershop will remain an open platform.

 

 

 

  • MoneyGram

MoneyGram customers in Mexico have thousands of new locations to choose from when they need to pick up money sent from family and friends around the globe. The company’s money transfer receive service is now available at more than 17,000 OXXO convenience stores in the country.When picking up at an OXXO store, consumers can receive up to 2,000 pesos in cash. All additional funds, up to 11,600 pesos, can be transferred into a bank account from the OXXO location, or put on Saldazo, a debit card co-branded between OXXO and CitiBanamex. Remittances are one of Mexico’s top sources of foreign income. According to the World Bank, more than US$30 billion flowed into the country in 2017.

 

 

  • PepsiCo

Pepsico announced the expansion of its global relationship with its´marketing execution partner HH Global in Latin America beginning with implementation in Brazil and with the commitment to expand throughout the region.Under the terms of the agreement, HH Global will provide a suite of marketing execution services and proprietary HHub technology to support PepsiCo’s creative production and procurement requirements for print and point of sale materials. The implementation extends HH Global’s agreement with PepsiCo which originated in 2009 in France and the Benelux countries and has since expanded to Russia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Yamile Elias, Director of Business Innovation & Marketing, Pepsico is a member of Portada´s Brand Star Committee LatAm.

 

 

 

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  • Google

Google will invest around US$140 million to expand its data center in Chile, the company’s only infrastructure of its kind in Latin America, which houses the information of millions of its users, the tech giant announced. The complex, built in the Santiago suburb of Quilicura, is part of a group of 15 data centers that store and transmit information generated by applications like Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Waze and Uber, Efe reported.

 

 

 

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  • Adidas

Adidas has consolidated its global media business. As part of the brand’s drive behind their 2020 ‘Creating the New’ strategy, Adidas will align all areas and territories and has appointed WPP’s MediaCom to execute the holistic approach from September 2018.After a competitive pitch,  MediaCom was selected as the agency to help Adidas and Reebok continue the momentum behind both brands and deliver a winning media approach. The combined brief will be executed across all platforms with a focus on innovation aligned to the brand’s strategic business plan; ‘Creating the New’.The areas of responsibility for the agency teams globally will include media planning, integrated media consultancy and buying, consumer insight and measurement. The two hubs for the global business will be London for Adidas and New York City for Reebok, with MediaCom staff also positioned around key focus locations for the brands across the world.

  • Latam Airlines Brazil

LATAM Airlines Group S.A announced that its consolidated affiliate TAM Linhas Aereas S.A. (“LATAM Airlines Brazil”), does not intend to renew or extend its operating agreement with Multiplus S.A., its loyalty coalition affiliate, after December 31, 2024. Concurrently, LATAM Airlines Brazil announced its intention to offer to acquire all of the common shares in Multiplus that LATAM’s affiliates do not currently own, and to subsequently de-list Multiplus from the B3 Novo Mercado in Brazil and cancel its registration.The acquisition of Multiplus and its full integration into LATAM’s network will, together with LATAM Pass, create what LATAM estimates will be the fourth largest frequent flyer and loyalty program in the world (measured by member base), and will cement the LATAM Group’s relationship with 21.1 million members at Multiplus. Multiplus members’ points and redemption benefits will remain intact, and Multiplus’s commercial partners will benefit from enhanced customer acquisition, retention and share of wallet.

  • Pizza Hut

Yum Brands hopes its new alliance with Telepizza, which was closed last May, will further expand its Pizza Hut brand internationally and that refocusing on a primarily delivery-based store model will help drive sales for the pizza chain. Pizza Hut’s agreement with Telepizza will position the combined companies as the largest pizza chain across Latin America and the Caribbean. The partnership calls for Telepizza to open at least 1,300 new stores over the next 10 years and a minimum of 2,550 stores total over the next 20 years, said David Gibbs, Yum Brands president and CFO, on a Yum Brands earnings call Aug. 2.

 

 

2018 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

 

  • Hampton by Hilton

Hampton by Hilton, the global hotel brand known for its commitment to authentic service and great value, celebrates its Middle East debut with the opening of Hampton by Hilton Dubai Airport, marking the largest property in Hampton’s global portfolio. The opening of Hampton by Hilton Dubai Airport reinforces the brand’s commitment to international growth, driven by concerted efforts in China and Latin America, while deepening its reach in the U.S. and Europe. The opening bolsters Hampton’s international footprint of more than 2,380 hotels in 22 countries and territories. With the largest pipeline in the brand’s history and in the Hilton enterprise with 620 planned hotels, Hampton is positioned for successful, rapid and steady growth in its target markets. Hampton recently opened its first hotel in Kazakhstan, and soon will enter into Argentina, Chile and France, with continued expansion in China, where it is the fastest growing international hospitality brand in the country.

2018 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the above campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

For prior Sales Leads LatAm editions, click here. 

  • Rappi

On-demand delivery platform Rappi has appointed Ogilvy Mexico as its regional agency. Founded in 2015, the company nowadays operates in 23 cities in six LatAm countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay. Rappi landed the mexican market two years ago and has already more than one million users who make nearly 50,000 daily orders. It currently operates in the State of Mexico, Guadalajara, Querétaro, Monterrey, Mérida, Puebla and, of course, Mexico City. Rappi´s Marketing Director Carlos Leal is a member of Portada´s Brand Star Committee LatAm.

 

 

  • United Airlines

United Continental Holdings Inc is eying joint ventures with three Latin American carriers in the near future, Reuters has reported.United, the third-largest U.S. passenger carrier, is trying to finalize joint-venture agreements with Colombian airline Avianca Holdings , Panama’s Copa Airlines and Brazil’s Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras. Such deals would improve connectivity between the U.S. and Latin American aviation markets and create growth opportunities.United is looking to add lie-flat beds in business class in 2020 on some of its Boeing 737 MAX 10 narrow-bodies that would fly domestic routes.

 

 

  • Holiday Inn

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) announced the new opening of the 4-story, 196-room Holiday Inn Ciudad Juárez hotel. Located on Juarez Tecnologico Avenue 3620, Partido Iglesias neighborhood, and a few minutes from the Abraham Gonzalez International Airport serving Ciudad Juarez, the hotel opens following an investment made by its franchisee Fibra Inn of more than MX$ 211 million pesos.Owned by Fibra Inn and managed by Grupo Hotelero Prisma, the Holiday Inn Ciudad Juarez hotel is franchised by an affiliate of IHG. Fibra Inn, who currently has 15 hotels under the IHG family of brands, is one of the longest-standing owner groups in Mexico. The Holiday Inn brand is part of IHG’s diverse family of brands in nearly 100 countries and territories.

2018 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

  • Iberia

Iberia is boosting its services to Latin America with three additional weekly flights to both Buenos Aires and Mexico City. As of 27 October, the Spanish airline will raise the number of flights from 14 to 17 times a week to Buenos Aires, which it has served since 1946. Iberia is also scheduling 17 flights a week between Madrid and Mexico City for the 2018/2019 winter season, three more than in the past .Iberia is the leading airline on routes linking Europe and Latin America, with 254 flights each week to destinations in 16 countries. In addition to its Buenos Aires and Mexico City routes, the airline is adding flights to Santiago, Chile (from one daily flight to 10 per week), Rio de Janeiro (from four to five times a week) and San Juan, Puerto Rico (24% more seats than in the 2018 summer season), On 1 October it will also launch daily flights to Guatemala City (currently four flights per week).

 

  • Norwegian

Low-cost Norwegian Air is interested in operating domestic flights within Brazil, as it plans its debut in Latin America’s largest economy in March with a flight between Sao Paolo and England.The airline’s interest was made public by Brazil’s tourism minister Vinicius Lummertz, who said Norwegian can start operating international flights with approval earlier this month from Brazilian flights regulator Anac.Norwegian has not specified the destination in England.Foreign airlines cannot incorporate in Brazil, but Congress is reviewing a proposal to change the law. If approved, Lummertz said, Norwegian could slash domestic flight costs by half.The Brazilian domestic market is dominated by four main airlines, Latam Airlines Group SA, Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes SA, Azul SA and Avianca Holdings SA, all of which posted net losses in the most recent quarter, due to higher oil prices and local currency devaluation.

2018 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the above campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

For prior Sales Leads LatAm editions, click here. 

  • McDonald’s

OMD and Starcom are the two agencies chosen in the McDonald’s global media review to split the fast food chain Latin America media account. Latin America is one of the three McDonald’s markets where the global review has concluded.The review was conducted by Ebiquity.

 

 

 

 

  • CMPC

Media agency Initiative, part of the IPG Mediabrands network, will be in charge of paper company CMPC (Compañía Manufacturera de Papeles y Cartones) media account for Latin America. The agency will handle media planning, buying and strategy for all CMPC brands including MPC Tissue, La Papelera de Plata, Productos Tissue del Perú, Industria Papelera Uruguaya, Melhoramentos CMPC, Absormex CMPC Tissue, Drypers Andina and Productos Tissue del Ecuador, in markets like Argentina, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador.

 

 

 

  • Chango

Agency Mídios has been appointed media AOR for Tabacal Agroindustria´s sugar brand Chango. The agency will be in charge of developing the brand´s communication strategy and media planning .Midios is already implementing a media strategy for the launch of the “Azúcar Chango Bajas Calorías” campaign. The campaign includes TV (both open and cable), outdoor and digital pieces.

 

 

 

2018 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

 

  • Hotelbeds Group

Hotelbeds Group has announced the recent launch of its latest strategic sales initiative to boost sales for hotels in the Americas market until September.As part of Hotelbeds Group’s commitment to boosting growth for its hotel partners and travel intermediary clients, the LATAM Origins program promotes top destinations in the Americas market via unique and discounted accommodation offerings in each of the chosen destinations.Each week 15 destinations will become part of LATAM Origins for one week only, with clients informed in advance about the destinations and the specific offers available in order to prepare. The exclusive deals are sourced via the Group’s 230 strong dedicated sourcing and sales teams in Latin America. The deals are available to all Hotelbeds Group’s Wholesale customers globally. This outstanding campaign focuses on offering aggressive discounts, to one destination each week, of up to 40% for the booking window period.

2018 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the above campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

For prior Sales Leads LatAm editions, click here. 

  • Grupo Aeromexico

Grupo Aeromexico announced offer to acquire Aimia‘s stake in PLMPLM Premier, formerly known as Premier Loyalty and Marketing , owns and operates Club Premier, a coalition loyalty frequent flyer program. As a current shareholder of 51.145% of PLM Premier, Grupo Aeromexico has made a non-binding proposal for the acquisition of the shares currently held by Aimia Inc (“Aimia”), representing 48.855% on a fully diluted basis, for an amount of US$180 million US dollars. Aeromexico has informed Aimia that the current contract between PLM and Grupo Aeromexico, that establishes the basis of operation for the loyalty program Club Premier, will not be extended beyond its current expiration date. Given the long-term intention of Aeromexico to take full control of its loyalty program, Aeromexico does not consider an IPO of PLM as an acceptable option. For this reason it is Aeromexico’s view that the best long term solution for all stakeholders is for Aeromexico to acquire the equity stake currently held by Aimia. The proposed transaction offer is valid until midnight of August 3, 2018. Didier Stahl, VP of Strategic Partnerships and Loyalty, Aeroméxico is a member of Portada´s Travel Marketing Board.

 

 

  • Saba

Saba, Mexican leading feminine protection and daily intimate care brand, and its agency Circus present “Tampon Mode”, a new digital campaign that continues the brand’s commitment with young women’s intimate care education and the knocking down of taboos.This is Saba’s third campaign in its efforts to overcome current barriers regarding the use of tampon and to position the product as an ally to continue with your routine during your period.”The work we do with Circus on digital platforms allows us to reach a larger audience of current and potential users, in a realistic, fun and simple way, ” said Carlos Luna, Brand Manager at Saba. Saba® is one of the leading brand of feminine protection products and daily intimate care in Mexico and Central Americas, offering them a broad portfolio of products of the highest quality. Bruno Lambertini, CEO of Circus Marketing, is a member of Portada´s Council of the Americas.

 

 

  • Vero Water®

Vero Water®, a leading provider of luxury still and sparkling water to the hospitality industry, announced its rapid expansion in the Caribbean and Latin America in partnership with OneLink Global, a world-class distribution and service partner with unique experience and insight in the region. OneLink is committed to providing sustainable solutions to the hospitality industry. The exclusive distribution agreement expands Vero’s global footprint into regions where hotel and resorts dominate the landscape and are seeking an eco-friendly alternative to traditional bottled water. Through the OneLink partnership, Vero Water has rapidly expanded in the region, establishing a presence in many of the leading hotel and resort operators such as Iberostar Hotels & Resorts who have made a corporate strategic commitment to “go green”, incorporating Vero Water into the total guest experience.

 

2018 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

 

 

  • JetBlue

JetBlue announced the addition of two new routes to feature the airline’s popular premium service with lie-flat seating. Later this year, JetBlue will begin operating seasonal Saturday Mint service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Liberia, Costa Rica’s Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), and between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF). Liberia becomes JetBlue’s first Mint city in Latin America and JetBlue will be the only airline to operate regularly scheduled flights with a lie-flat premium seat between Costa Rica and the U.S. With the addition of Liberia, JetBlue will now serve 12 cities with Mint flights from its New York-JFK focus city. In Boston, where JetBlue is the top airline in both number of flights and number of customers, new St. Lucia Mint service will bring Mint to nine routes from Logan. No other airline in Boston offers a premium lie-flat seat on as many routes.

2018 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

For prior Sales Leads LatAm editions, click here. 

  • Lenovo

Chinese multinational technology company Lenovo has appointed Publicis Media to handle is global media strategy, planning and buying, as it consolidated agencies. Lenovo spends some US$125 million on advertising annually globally and Publicis Media will set up a new dedicated unit, Lenovo One Media, to handle the account. The unit will combine staff from Publicis Media agencies Spark Foundry and Performics. It will be responsible for 28 markets across the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia and Asia Pacific. Both traditional and digital media platforms are included as part of the account. Lenovo One Media will be overseen by Andre Marciano who will serve as chief operating officer.

 

 

  • Rappi

Colombian platform Rappi has just been launched in Chile. The service was launched in Santiago and allows home delivery from supermarkets, pharmacies, liquor stores, kiosks, warehouses, among other shops. Rappi is a platform that was born as a startup. It was created by Colombians Simón Borrero (CEO), Sebastián Mejía and Felipe Villamarín, in Bogotá. It was the first company to reach a million orders delivered in LATAM. It currently operates in Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and now, in Chile. With nearly 2 million downloads in Latin America, Rappi promises an average delivery time of 35 minutes for restaurants and liquor stores. Carlos Leal, Marketing Director, Rappi is a member of Portada´s Brand Star Committee LatAm.

 

  • GOL Airlines

Boeing and GOL Airlines announced that the Brazilian carrier is adding the newest and largest member of the 737 MAX family with a new contract that converts 30 current MAX orders to the 737 MAX 10. GOL also placed a new order for 15 more MAX 8 airplanes, growing GOL’s total MAX orders to 135. The Brazilian airline says the advanced airplanes will help GOL meet its commitment to further enhance operational efficiency by flying a young, modern and safe fleet.GOL took delivery of its first 737 MAX airplane last month, kicking off a fleet renewal that will continue through 2028. The all-Boeing operator is set to be the largest MAX operator in Latin America. The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, with 100 customers ordering more than 4,600 jets.

 

 

  • Radisson 

Radisson announced the opening of Radisson Hotel Panama Canal. The hotel has a prime location in Panama City with breathtaking views of the Panama Canal, along with being just minutes away from Albrook International Airport. It is also within walking distance to the Amador Convention Center, which is scheduled to open December 2018. The hotel was originally a Country Inn & Suites by Radisson and recently completed a nearly $2 million renovation to convert the property into a Radisson.”We are honored to open our doors under the Radisson brand in the beautiful Panama City,” said Guillermo Quijano Duran, the hotel’s vice president. “The hotel’s new look features the brand’s natural tones and a design that puts the guest experience at the forefront allowing them to relax and create memorable moments throughout their stay.”

 

2018 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

  • Glovo

Spanish startup Glovo, whose platform lets app users summon a gig economy worker to shop on their behalf, has bagged a €115 million (US$134M) Series C round of funding. The lead investors in the Series C are Rakuten Capital, Seaya Ventures and Cathay Innovation, which had also invested in its Series B.The startup says the new funding will be put towards optimizing its platform and tech resources to improve the service to riders, users and associated stores.It also plans to use the funds to fuel its momentum, noting it’s opened up six countries and 20 cities around the world in just three months. Its regions of focus are Latin America and EMEA areas (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), and its app is available in 61 cities in 17 countries in all at this stage.

 

2018 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.