China’s internet giants have been accused of using its massive and growing network of public transport services to deliver orders to each of its domestic consumers in the form of a delivery box.
The Guardian has found that China Post, China Mobile and Tencent have been operating a “factory” in the city of Chengdu, where they have set up delivery boxes that can be opened from public transport terminals and have set the prices of the goods they ship to be determined based on the price of a local currency.
China Post is one of the country’s biggest internet companies, and has more than 50 million users and $12.3 billion in annual revenue.
Its flagship product, the China Post Express, is used in many of the nation’s biggest cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Wuhan.
It also serves Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore.
The FT found that the company had an “unusually high number of delivery boxes” in Chengdu.
In addition, the boxes have a variety of delivery options that are set by China Post.
In one case, for example, the box is equipped with an app, allowing customers to choose from a range of services, including a courier service or online ordering.
But in another case, it was designed to provide a quick and easy way for customers to pick up their parcels from the local public transport system.
The company said it was “working to correct this situation”, and that the boxes were set up to “maximise customers’ convenience”.
“We believe this is an isolated case and are working to correct it.
It will be corrected in the near future,” it said in a statement.”
Customers have the option to buy an item in the box, and we hope that we can increase the speed and accuracy of delivery,” it added.
Tencent, China’s biggest online retailer, said the boxes “do not carry any hidden fees or charges”.
A spokesman for China Post said: “Tencent takes all the necessary measures to protect customer privacy, and the company takes the responsibility of ensuring the safety of its customers.”
But the FT has spoken to several Chinese internet users who said they had been told the boxes are being used for cheap and “trivial” items.
One said: “[It’s] a little bit like buying a ticket on a public transport ticket.
And you’re paying for a different ticket. “
Then, after that, you have the same ticket, but you pay for it again.
I have to get a ticket every time I want to go to the airport, and it takes too much time. “
I’m a big fan of public transportation, but I can’t do that, because it’s too complicated.
But a Chinese blogger called Leng said she had been warned by her husband that the box would only carry goods with a minimum value of 0.5 yuan (£0.12) per kilogram. “
We used to take public transportation when we lived in Chongqing [Beijing] and it was a lot cheaper, but it’s been very difficult to get used to the whole thing.”
But a Chinese blogger called Leng said she had been warned by her husband that the box would only carry goods with a minimum value of 0.5 yuan (£0.12) per kilogram.
She said she was then told that “anything less than 0.05 yuan will get you a charge”.
“I think it’s just a little overpriced, but if they don’t have the information, you can’t say anything.
I know some people have been warned and told they can’t sell anything cheaper than that,” she said.
The boxes are not the only things being delivered to China.
A spokeswoman for the Hong Kong-based Chinese state-owned carrier China Unicom said it had no comment.