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Shanghai’s lockdown is giving China’s online grocery apps a second chance – MIT Technology Review

Shanghai’s lockdown is giving China’s online grocery apps a second chance – MIT Technology Review

Midnight, 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m.: these times are ingrained in Queeny Song’s mind. For over a week in April, the 24-year-old Shanghai resident had to get her phone out at these five points every day to refresh a different grocery delivery app in hopes of grabbing a hard-to-get delivery slot. During Shanghai’s ongoing month-long lockdown, these online grocery apps have been a lifeline for stranded residents. Song says that about 60 to 70% of her groceries have been purchased through online apps since the lockdown began. Without them, she would have run out of food. The Shanghai lockdown… 

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