onsdag 27. april 2022

What it Takes to Organize a Group Buy in Locked Down Shanghai

Check out this brand-new job opportunity in locked-down Shanghai: group buy organizer. It requires you to stay online 24 hours a day, be ready for a barrage of messages anytime, and sometimes unload 45 kilograms of strawberries all alone at 2 a.m. Most importantly, the job offers absolutely no income.

Under full-scale lockdown for more than two weeks, Shanghai, a city of over 25 million people, is facing its worst food crisis in decades. Stores, supermarkets, and grocers are closed. People are forced to stay at home. Online grocery shopping apps can only satisfy a small percentage of people due to the lack of delivery drivers. Increasingly desperate residents have banded together to order food wholesale.

Sixth Tone interviewed four group buy organizers, trying to figure out who they are, what they do, and how they’ve managed to feed a bunch of hungry and angry people while commercial services went missing in action.