The coronavirus has prompted a nationwide effort to combat the disease, with private corporations pitching in contributing emergency medical aid. As the demand for medical supplies has far outstripped the supply across China, logistics networks have become crucial to nationwide response. Many of China’s unicorn companies, responsible for the creation of China’s formidable logistics system, have assisted in various emergency initiatives. The huge demand for medical supplies including masks and testing kits increased the profiteering from the desperate situation.
Here are some of the contributions of China’s top logistics and e-commerce companies:
As of February 3, Pinduoduo
The company has also provided 600 million yuan in subsidies for disease-prevention necessities, including medical masks, disinfectant, thermometers and anti-viral medicines, subsidized more than 80 million orders in total as of February 1.
To fight profiteering and counterfeit goods, Pinduoduo
Delivery giant JD Logistics has transported more than 140 tons of prevention materials to Wuhan via rail. As of January 30, the company had received requests by 450 institutions for delivery of material donations to support Wuhan.
Their assistance was largely concentrated at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, China. As of 6pm on January 31, 23 days after the WHO had identified the novel coronavirus as a global emergency, JD had transported more than 140 tons of prevention materials to Wuhan via rail. According to the company February 2, the company had delivered 2.36 million medical and epidemic prevention supplies, including masks, medical gloves, goggles, and disinfectants to major hospitals in Wuhan, and the surrounding area of Hubei Province.
The company has begun to concentrate their robot inventory in Wuhan, to allow for fully automated delivery within the ailing city. To avoid human-to-human contact, JD’s robots will ensure the continued access to essentials during a city-wide quarantine.
As of February 3, Alibaba
With the help of donors, Alibaba