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Mercado Libre on AWS

Headquartered in Argentina, Mercado Libre is the largest online commerce and payments provider in Latin America with 80 million active users across 18 countries. The scalability, security, and performance that comes with building on Amazon Web Services (AWS) powers Mercado Libre’s innovation. Using a suite of AWS solutions, including analytics, databases, and machine learning (ML), Mercado Libre supports the rapid growth of ecommerce, its Mercado Pago digital payment platform, and the Mercado Crédito credit line. Scalable on-demand compute and expansive storage capabilities help fuel an optimal customer experience during busy shopping periods, such as holidays, and help Mercado Libre address the cultural and geographic challenges of operating a platform in Latin America.

Mercado Libre's Cloud Journey on AWS

Mercado Libre's Cloud Journey on AWS

Cost Optimization

Taking control of costs and continuously optimizing spend

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Building efficiencies in the cloud after migration

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Machine Learning

Innovating faster with comprehensive AI and ML services
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Continuous Innovation

Ongoing improvements to support transformation
  • Cost Optimization
  • 2022

    Manage and Control your AWS Costs

    Sebastian Barrios, vice president of technology at Mercado Libre, deep dives into how the organization manages costs in the cloud. Key to this is the machine learning algorithms that determine the capacity its teams need in different regions. By automatically scaling up and down according to demand—and taking advantage of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Spot Instances—Mercado Libre can control costs and optimize its entire operations across Latin America.

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    Simple Change Cuts Mercado Libre Compute Costs 31% Without Hurting Performance

    Mercado Libre uses Amazon EC2 Spot Instances, which offer unused AWS compute capacity at a significantly lower cost than other Amazon EC2 instance types. This led Mercado Libre to incorporate Amazon EC2 Spot Instances into its hybrid architecture. The first week, it shifted 30 percent of its Reserved Instances to Spot Instances. In the first month, it saved 20 percent by moving to Amazon EC2 Spot Instances, with no impact on developer experience or business trajectory. The switch lowered Mercado Libre’s overall monthly cloud costs by 31 percent while maintaining performance.

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  • Migration
  • 2023

    Mercado Libre has Improved Time to Market with AWS Cloud Services

    In this video, Christian Martini, Senior IT Governance Manager, and Mauricio Ferrari, FinOps and Cloud Economics Manager at Mercado Libre, describe the transition to the AWS cloud. The managers explain why they selected AWS at the same time that they developed an internal platform that helps them to exploit AWS services in greater depth, becoming more efficient, growing more rapidly and meeting the needs of their customers in an ever better way.

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    AWS Helps Mercado Livre Process More Than 40 Purchases per Second in 18 Countries

    Mercado Livre registered 40 purchases per second in the first quarter of 2023, with 53% of shipments made within 24 hours. Data is fundamental to building the ecosystem and promoting synergy between sellers and buyers. In this video, Fernando Yunes, senior vice president of e-commerce and country lead of Mercado Livre Brasil, and Thiago Oliveira, director of software engineering for cloud and platforms, talk about the strategy and technological evolution that underpinned the company's entire growth.

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    Migrating 5,000 Databases to Amazon DynamoDB Improves Reliability and Helps Mercado Libre Scale Its Business

    As part of the company’s overhaul, a Mercado Libre team of six engineers migrated 5,000 databases to Amazon DynamoDB—a fast, flexible NoSQL database service delivering single-digit millisecond performance at any scale. Using the new solution, the company saved developer time, improved reliability, and reduced costs.

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    With the reliability of Amazon DynamoDB, we can avoid the cost of downtime.”

    Oscar Mullin
    Director of IT and Head of Core Services, Site Reliability Engineering, and Database Administration, Mercado Libre

  • Machine Learning
  • 2024

    Revolution or Evolution: Generative AI's Role in Transforming Online Retail

    Check out one of AWS's Big Ideas sessions from NRF 2024: Retail's Big Show. Explore the exciting intersection of AI and online retail. By looking into Mercado Libre’s innovative use of AI to reshape online retail dynamics over the last decade, this talk aims to mark the difference between previous uses of AI and what new opportunities are presented by generative AI. Is generative AI a revolutionary force set to redefine ecommerce, or is it an evolutionary development augmenting existing structures? In this session, learn about the real-world applications, opportunities, and challenges of AI based on Mercado Libre’s practical experiences and experimentation.


    Mercado Libre Achieves Accurate, Automatic Translations at Scale Using Amazon Translate

    Mercado Libre's online marketplaces feature more than 5,000 business sellers from outside Latin America, who mostly speak English. Because product information arrives in English, Mercado Libre needed a fast and scalable content localization solution for accurately translating and adapting seller content for its multicultural, Spanish, and Portuguese speaking customers. Mercado Libre translates millions of product titles, descriptions, and interactions efficiently and accurately in near real time using Amazon Translate—a neural machine translation service that delivers fast, high-quality, affordable, and customizable language translation. This increases speed to market, improves customer engagement, and drives sales.

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    Mercado Libre Implements Its ML Strategy with AWS

    Mercado Libre experts explain how AWS solutions, such as Amazon SageMaker—a service that helps data scientists and developers prepare, build, train, and deploy high-quality ML models quickly—help the company implement an ML strategy that adds value to its services and improves the user experience for millions.

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  • Continuous Innovation
  • 2023

    Mercado Livre Becomes the First Company to Run Industrial Automation Workloads on AWS Outposts in Latin America

    Mercado Livre, the largest e-commerce ecosystem in Latin America, has more than 100 million active users who buy and sell products through its platform. With the challenge of automating latency-sensitive applications in your distribution centers, through the use of AWS Outposts, you can execute industrial automation in the cloud.

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    AWS Executive Insights Interview with Mercado Libre’s CISO

    Attracting and retaining security talent is critical to Mercado Libre’s success. Discover how it uses the cloud to enforce compliance and governance and create a security culture across all of Mercado Libre's business units—ranging from using gamification to train employees to making it part of the company's C-Suite agenda. Hear directly from Mercado Libre’s chief information security officer (CISO), Jorge O’Higgins.

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About Mercado Libre

Mercado Libre is a Latin American technology company that offers ecommerce solutions so that individuals and companies can buy, sell, pay, advertise, and ship products through the internet. Mercado Libre uses a suite of AWS solutions that drives ecommerce and supports the rapid growth of its Mercado Pago digital payment platform and Mercado Crédito credit line.

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