|Published : 17 Apr 2017, 13:33:33|
Chinese village achieves fabulous growth
By the mid-2000s, the ecommerce boom led by Alibaba had led to extraordinary growth, as delivery men fanned out across the country to deliver clothes, homewares, appliances and, morerecently, fresh-cooked meals. Logistics companies delivered 31bn parcels in China last year, up 51 per cent from 2015, according to a global media report.
In Xiatang village, Mr Nie’s hometown of 600 people, a long wall of relief sculpture chronicles the 25-year history of kuaidi. In one panel, a bureaucrat issues a fine to a delivery man. The caption notes that in the industry’s early years, rules forbade private companies from providing the service, forcing private carriers to “survive in a loophole”.
Others from Tonglu followed Mr Nie, who died in a car accident in 1998. His younger brother, Nie Tengyun, founded Yunda Holding in 1998. Yu Weijiao, a Tonglu native whose wife had worked for STO, founded YTO Express in 2000. STO veteran and Tonglu native Lai Meisong founded ZTO Express in 2002.
“The change in the village is like heaven and earth,” says Feng Genfu, chair of the Tonglu-Shanghai Chamber of Commerce. “The ones who left home and became bosses, they’ve all built big houses. When they come for Spring Festival, it’s an endless line of fancy cars.”