China looks at improving the welfare of hard-pressed delivery riders

Delivery riders wait to deliver food to workers at the entrance of an office building in Beijing on July 8, 2021. PHOTO: AFP
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BEIJING - Just after 11am every weekday, delivery rider Zhang Yumei's phone starts pinging with orders.

Rushing from one eatery to another within a 5km radius, the 26-year-old often juggles up to eight orders on her modified e-scooter. Weaving through traffic, she frequently has to narrowly avoid colliding into other delivery riders, who like her, have only 30 minutes to get their orders to hungry customers.

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