Food Supply Sufficient Amid Covid Flare-ups

Now Shenzhen   |   September 5, 2022

DESPITE mobility restrictions due to the latest COVID flare-ups in most districts of Shenzhen, the city continues to enjoy sufficient supplies of food and essential goods, Shenzhen Evening News reported.

Rainbow Supermarket kept all of its 39 stores in Shenzhen open over the past weekend, the firm said. The marketplaces had stocked five times the usual number of vegetables, meat, eggs and premade dishes. Supplies of rice, edible oil, condiments and drinking water have also been ensured for over 30 days.

Moreover, Rainbow has launched a contingency plan, under which the distribution of daily necessities to each branch will be guaranteed in case of emergency.

Similar strategies, such as increasing stock replenishment and storage, were adopted by other major supermarkets including Carrefour, RT-MART and Hema Fresh.

Carrefour said that its warehouse in South China stored sufficient food commodities like rice, flour and edible oil to ensure Shenzhen residents’ stable and secure food supply.

With most consumers’ food and grocery shopping being done online, businesses strengthened their home delivery services to meet the surge of online orders.

Some Rainbow branches reported the number of orders rose over fivefold recently. They arranged employees to be on call 24/7 and recruited part-time staff to help.

RT-MART told the reporter that their delivery radius is 3-5 kilometers and they had about 100 delivery riders. “Our service hour is from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., with on-time delivery guaranteed,” the company’s manager said.

Carrefour and Vanguard hypermarkets opted to join hands with third-party delivery companies to address the growth in online grocery orders.

“I received more delivery orders for food and grocery Saturday,” Zhang Peisheng, a Meituan deliveryman working at Minzhi Station in Longhua District, said. “Employees who stick by their posts will be rewarded by the company.”

At the same time, a high-tech legion consisting of drones and driverless vehicles was deployed during the outbreak.

Meituan provided quick drone delivery for almost 10,000 households in Pingshan and Longgang districts.

The unmanned aerial vehicles can transport up to 2.5 kilograms of items at a time and take only 15 minutes to travel 3 kilometers.

SF Express sent a team of unmanned cars to Yitian Community in Futian to take charge of delivering over 200 orders for daily necessities every day.

ARTICLE FROM: Shenzhen Daily