Founded in 2008, Yihaodian e-commerce store – now 51% owned by Walmart – runs logistics centres in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Chengdu and is able to offer same-day and next-day delivery.
This is how those deliveries were arranged every single morning on a fleet of about 20 bicycles:
We lived in the block on the left, behind the grey pillars. One of the flats opposite us on the hallway was a distribution store for 1 号店, the chinese e-commerce online store. A fleet of lorries delivered to the store, often in the middle of the night, and then the guys and girls trolleyed the goods out to the bicycles, and rode off.
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