posts tagged with Brazil

Innovation for Change: Safe Kids Brazil

CSegura816_RJ_FedExBlog-sq.jpg When I think of the Walk This Way pedestrian safety program, I always remember a principal I met when we conducted a pilot project in Curitiba, a city in the south of the country. This principal told me that before we implemented our Walk This Way project, at least four children every year were struck by a car. Remember, that’s in just one school. We checked back a year later and not a single child in that school had been injured since the Walk This Way program had been implemented. What a difference...

Quality Vs. Quantity: Why Emerging Markets Must Concentrate on Sustainable Growth

EX1151_6.jpg As Brazil prepares to host two premier sporting events, the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016, some predict that the country will invest more than $60 billion USD in public works projects ranging from road expansions to the improvement of telecommunications networks. The infrastructure upgrades are not only necessary to accommodate the enormous amount of visitors these sporting events will bring to Brazil, but also to help solidify that country’s standing as an emerging market for growth.

As economic powerhouses, like the United States, faltered during The Great Recession that hit a few years ago, emerging markets like Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa were cast onto the world stage—spotlighted as the next phase of global economic growth. According to a recent article by McKinsey & Company, emerging market cities will generate more than 45 percent of global GDP growth between 2007 and 2025. The report also notes that the need to prioritize sustainable growth in emerging markets has never been more urgent. By sustainable development, the article refers to economic growth that improves lives without exhausting the environment or other resources.

FedEx Trade Networks Expansion in Latin America

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You can’t help but notice that FedEx Trade Networks Latin America is receiving quite a bit of attention in the news lately. To add to the news, I’m thrilled to be in São Paulo announcing our expansion efforts in Brazil and Mexico.

Making a difference in Sao Paulo, Brazil: special donation helps The Salvation Army feed the hungry

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An official ceremony was held last month at The Salvation Army headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was held in celebration of the donation of a brand new Disaster Response Unit (DRU) from FedEx. The DRU is a custom made canteen truck designed to help feed the hungry both in times of disaster and throughout the year.

I’m off to see the wizard

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It was my first trip to Brazil, a nation made famous by the Christ in Rio, Copacabana Beach, and the Amazon River basin. However, as FedEx has begun to support mass-transit solutions through EMBARQ, an emerald city from Brazil began to emerge: Curitiba (pronounced Cure-ee-chee-ba), listed as one of the greenest cities in the world. This city of 1.7 million residents was mentioned as the city where bus-rapid transit and transit-oriented development took hold. It was time to head to Oz.

After completing the Junior Achievement Company of the Year Competition in Rio, I hopped on a two-hour flight to Curitiba. Upon arrival into this magical city, I went to find a taxi into the main city. ...