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Southeast Asia delivery services face game-changing moment

Coronavirus restraints create new opportunities for food and grocery couriers

Thailand's meal and beverage delivery market will grow 17% this year, according to one estimate. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- Demand for delivery services is skyrocketing across Asia as travel curbs keep more people at home, sending companies scrambling to keep up.

7-Eleven is offering deliveries in Thailand through a smartphone app at 1,500 locations across the country, expanding on a 100-store pilot conducted in Bangkok in January. CP All, the chain's operator in Thailand and a member of the Charoen Pokphand Group, plans to eventually offer the service at 11,000 locations and hire 20,000 delivery personnel.

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