De­liv­ery apps gulp down food biz

Emerg­ing seg­ment feeds off high tech, big in­vestors and busy con­sumers

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - 13 Business - By WANG ZHUOQIONG wangzhuo­qiong@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

monthly salary. He races against time on his electric two-wheeler through the day, more so dur­ing the peak hours around mid-day.

The Dada app en­ables him to com­pete with his peers for or­ders. He works 7 am to 9 pm, and de­liv­ers meals, snacks or bev­er­ages 40 to 50 times in be­tween.

An or­ga­nized rider could take home 10,000 yuan a month while the av­er­age is about 6,000 yuan, he said.

He also said the food de­liv­ery seg­ment’s two gi­ants, Ele.com and Meituan.com, are hir­ing heav­ily this win­ter. For, con­sumers are re­luc­tant to step out to dine at restau­rants or shop for gro­ceries to cook at home.

As de­mand for food de­liv­ery ser­vices soars, rid­ers re­ceive win­ter in­cen­tives from their em­ploy­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to mar­ket in­for­ma­tion firm Analysys’ China In­ter­net Cater­ing Mar­ket Re­port 2017, the April-June quar­ter has seen the food de­liv­ery seg­ment notch up sales of al­most 46 billion yuan, up 28 per­cent se­quen­tially and up 82 per­cent year-on-year.

The July-Septem­ber quar­ter, data for which is yet to be an­nounced, is also con­sid­ered part of the peak pe­riod for take­outs. This sum­mer, growth has been the high­est in three quar­ters on the back of a spurt in night or­ders.

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