China’s Street Postman Pats

Every morning on the way to work I pass groups of delivery men laying out their parcels on the pavement. China has the largest online e-tailing industry in the world, so to get the goods to the customers they use one of the thousands of private delivery companies. Originally if you wanted to send a parcel you had to use the government’s China Post. But the boom in online shopping has created a huge opportunity for smaller, cheaper and quicker delivery services to prosper. These Postman Pats, are not allowed inside the campus so they lay the goods on the pavement. And then telephone the recipient to come out and collect their parcels. So everyday in my department I see someone coming in with a package or box that they bought online.

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