Dealings without rest: the other side of the Day of the Bachelor

Messengers from all over the country are already working tirelessly to distribute the 1.5 billion packages that are piled up in warehouses after hundreds of millions of Chinese bought during Bachelor Day compulsively in front of the computer.

Beijing, Nov 13 (EFE) .- Messengers from all over the country are already working tirelessly to distribute the 1,500 million packages that are piled up in warehouses after hundreds of millions of Chinese will buy during the Bachelor Day compulsively in front of the computer. the "kuaidis", as they are popularly known to the delivery people in China, who, despite being accustomed to working under pressure every day, have to deal these days with chaotic piles of packages and endless days.

Last Saturday they beat records again: more than 850 million orders were made in just 24 hours worth 168.269 million yuan (about 25,386 million dollars) sold by the e-commerce giant Alibaba, 42.6% more than in 2016.

"On 11.11 a person can distribute between 600 and 700 packages. works from 6.00 in the morning until 10.00 at night, "tells Efe an employee of the delivery company Tiantian Express who prefers not to reveal his name.

His bosses, he says, they have been forbidden to talk to the media, as is customary in China, during one of the talks before the day with the most sales on the planet.

All in a row, as if from a military parade will be treated, they have received the orders of their superiors on how to face the great logistical challenge they face in the days after the event, where the packages to classify multiply.

Only on Saturday, 331 million packages were managed by Chinese courier companies, while the rest - up to 1,500 million - were distributed until next Thursday, which means a work volume three times higher than usual, according to figures from the state postal authority.

The level of pressure to which the "kuaidis" are subjected to daily is very high. record.

"I do not have time even to eat," says another distributor Efe about his work routine in which, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., he usually distributes more than a hundred packages a day any.

Numerous delivery tricycles run through the streets of Beijing on a daily basis at high speed, while the delivery people take advantage of any break between package and package for take a nap where it is common: in the street, lying on the sidewalk or sitting in their vehicles.

"The pressure is not only 11.11 Every day we work under pressure because the more packages we distribute, more money we earn ", says a" kuaidi "while taking advantage of the brief talk to take a short break.

For each package they deliver, they usually receive 1.7 yuan (about 20 cents), so that the Day of the Bachelor is an opportunity for them to surpass the 3,500 yuan (about 450 euros) that they usually earn per month.

Even in the more remote areas of the country increases the activity to deal with the numerous orders. the packages, to face this massive day of shopping through the internet.

Even some courier companies have offered these days more attractive conditions to attract employees, such as giving them food and accommodation.

To ensure a more efficient distribution, companies have also begun experimenting with automated systems to manage orders.

This year the distribution arm of Alibaba, Cainiao, has established several automatic warehouses in different areas of the country such as in the province of Canton, where two hundred robots help process more than one million shipments per day.

Cainiaio has also opened additional order offices around the world and has deployed a fleet of ten cargo aircraft to transport goods to Europe.

All this to make this consumerism party possible, whose global dimension far exceeds those of other days of offers in the planet: sales on 11.11 were 2.5 times greater than the total of "Black Friday" ("Black Friday") and Cyber ????Monday ("Cyber ????Monday") together.

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