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China's errand runners encroach on a crowded delivery market

'Pao tui' services charge more than established players for intracity dispatches

GUANGZHOU -- China's dog-eat-dog parcel delivery market, one of the world's largest, is being flooded by startups launching innovative services to challenge the established players.

In 2018, 50.7 billion home deliveries were made, up 27% from the previous year, according to China's State Post Bureau. This torrid pace has been driven by the country's strong economic growth and the explosive development of its internet services.

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