Contactless delivery, online grocery shopping and other ways home-bound Chinese are trying to get food and stay safe

  • More people are stuck at home in China as they wait out the coronavirus outbreak, giving some delivery and e-commerce companies an opportunity.
  • In particular, people are buying more groceries online.
  • However, as authorities cut off some roads or limit access to apartment complexes, the virus has also created challenges for couriers and logistics companies.

BEIJING — More people are stuck at home in China as they wait out the coronavirus outbreak, giving some delivery and e-commerce companies an opportunity, even as they try to manage the risks of the disease.

Previously, on a typical day, a courier for JD.com in Beijing would deliver about 140 to 150 packages per apartment complex, said Lansong Sun, head of the company’s delivery station in Yizhuang, on the outskirts of Beijing.

Now, that’s climbed to more than 200 orders a day, Sun said Tuesday, according to a CNBC translation of his Mandarin-language remarks.

More than half of China is shut down as authorities try to limit the spread of a pneumonia-causing virus that emerged in late December. It has killed more than 500 people, primarily in the city of Wuhan, but has infected more than 20,000 people throughout the country.

In an effort to prevent the virus from spreading, at least 24 provinces, municipalities and other regions have told businesses not to resume work before Monday. Beijing city authorities have strongly encouraged companies to let employees work remotely until Monday as well. Schools across the country are also generally shut until mid-February or later.

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/07/virus-outbreak-forces-chinese-to-stay-at-home-and-order-more-delivery.html

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