Tibetans taking to online shopping
2014 has been a busy year for 28-year-old Tang Xianlin, a deliveryman in Lhasa, capital of the Tibet autonomous region.
On average, he has about 100 parcels to deliver. His workload doubles, sometimes triple that average during the annual season for online shopping spree, which usually starts on Nov 11, also known as the Singles’ Day.
Dec 12 is another occasion when e-commerce platforms would launch another new sales bonanza Tang would have to recharge his cellphone twice to call recipients.
Tang said the number of items requiring delivery each day has increased significantly from 2013. As it takes a relatively long time for products to become available in Tibet, e-commerce, and online shopping in particular, has boomed in the region in recent years, playing an increasingly important role in daily life.
“Most items we deliver are from online shopping, such as clothing, shoes and electronic products,” Tang said.
“Thanks to improved public transportation, the logistics industry is growing fast in Tibet as a result of the dramatic increase in e-commerce.”
Tang Xianlin, 28, a deliveryman for Shentong Express Lhasa, has been very busy this season, as online orders soared.