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Karla Valdivieso, Founder And CEO of Shappi

Karla Valdivieso, founder and CEO of Shappi.
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
Karla Valdivieso, founder and CEO of Shappi.

If you live in or travel to Central or South America, it can be difficult to ship consumer goods that are exclusive to this country to those corners of the world.

Yes, mail is an option - but service takes forever and has its pitfalls.

Amazon delivery from here to there? Forget it.

Brick-and-mortar U.S. stores on the ground there? Very few - in fact, only two Apple stores in all of South America.

Shappi is an app built to connect shoppers there with goods from here through a courier network of verified reliable travelers.

Karla Valdivieso is founder and CEO of Shappi, now delivering in Ecuador with plans to expand - and its headquarters is here in Chattanooga, thanks to this city’s role as a logistics hub.

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