Govt pushes for expansion of delivery services

By Luo Wangshu | China Daily | Updated: 2021-08-31 09:16
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Couriers check parcel information at a village in Huaibei, Anhui province. WAN SHANCHAO/FOR CHINA DAILY

He added that some clients also like to send items, such as wine, to the hotel prior to their arrival.

As rooms at the establishment cost 1,500 to 2,000 yuan a night, Qiu needs to buy high-quality commodities, usually costly brands. He also orders handicraft art products, such as gift-wrapping boxes, to create cozy, luxurious and unique conditions for guests.

None of the products is available at brick-and-mortar shops in the village or even the county. Qiu makes the purchases at online stores and receives them via the rural delivery system.

Greater possibilities

In June, a pilot program was undertaken to deliver packages via drones. During the trial, a small number of packages were delivered to Qiu's hotel.

He said it was even more convenient to receive the packages at the front door.

However, he conceded that drone delivery of parcels is still at an early stage, and there are some limitations, such as costs. Moreover, larger packages cannot be delivered by drone.

Still, he will keep an eye on the initiative's progress and is looking forward to seeing parcels delivered to his door.

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