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Startups vs chaebol: Inside South Korea's delivery wars

Competition heats up as coronavirus drives demand for meal and grocery services

The coronavirus pandemic has boosted demand for South Korea's emerging delivery market but it has also pushed up costs.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Online grocery shopping has become a daily habit for Lim Soo-hyang. The 40-year-old homemaker orders milk, snacks, instant noodles and chicken for her six-member family through an E-Mart app on her smartphone. "It's easy and convenient. I can't remember when I last visited a brick-and-mortar store," Lim said.

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