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Shipping it on Singles Day
On China's giant Singles Day internet shopping festival, the country's delivery firms are stretched thin.
CHINA-SINGLESDAY/LOGISTICS
RTS6DL4
November 10, 2015
Employees work at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express ahead of the Singles Day shopping festival,...
Beijing, China
Employees work at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express ahead of the Singles Day shopping festival,...
Employees work at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express ahead of the Singles Day shopping festival, Chaoyang District, Beijing, November 8, 2015. On China's giant Singles Day internet shopping festival, the country's delivery firms are stretched so thin that they are looking for tie-ups, listings and new investors to husband their resources. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-SINGLESDAY/LOGISTICS
RTS6DKV
November 10, 2015
Workers listen to their line manager as he prepares them for the upcoming Singles Day shopping festival,...
Beijing, China
Workers listen to their line manager as he prepares them for the upcoming Singles Day shopping festival,...
Workers listen to their line manager as he prepares them for the upcoming Singles Day shopping festival, at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express, Chaoyang District, Beijing, November 8, 2015. E-commerce has been a huge boon to the logistics industry, but the ever-bigger Singles Day, run by leading online market company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd on Nov. 11 every year, exacerbates the industry's twin dilemmas of cut-throat competition and rising labor costs. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-SINGLESDAY/LOGISTICS
RTS6DLM
November 10, 2015
Employees work at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express ahead of the Singles Day shopping festival,...
Beijing, China
Employees work at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express ahead of the Singles Day shopping festival,...
Employees work at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express ahead of the Singles Day shopping festival, Chaoyang District, Beijing, November 8, 2015. With low barriers to entry, express couriers proliferated rapidly over the past decade to more than 8,000 firms, squeezing profit margins to about 5 percent, down from 30 percent 10 years ago, according to analysts. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-SINGLES DAY/LOGISTICS
RTS6DK4
November 10, 2015
An employee works at a Tmall logistic centre in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Aly...
Suzhou, China
An employee works at a Tmall logistic centre in Suzhou
An employee works at a Tmall logistic centre in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song
CHINA-SINGLES DAY/LOGISTICS
RTS6DKH
November 10, 2015
An employee works at a JD.com logistic centre in Langfang, Hebei province, November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jason...
LANGFANG, China
An employee works at a JD.com logistic centre in Langfang
An employee works at a JD.com logistic centre in Langfang, Hebei province, November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-SINGLESDAY/LOGISTICS
RTS6DKW
November 10, 2015
Employees work at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express ahead of the Singles Day shopping festival,...
Beijing, China
Employees work at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express ahead of the Singles Day shopping festival,...
Employees work at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express ahead of the Singles Day shopping festival, Chaoyang District, Beijing, November 8, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-SINGLES DAY/LOGISTICS
RTS6DJV
November 10, 2015
Employees work at a JD.com logistic centre in Langfang, Hebei province, November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jason...
LANGFANG, China
Employees work at a JD.com logistic centre in Langfang
Employees work at a JD.com logistic centre in Langfang, Hebei province, November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-SINGLES DAY/LOGISTICS
RTS6DKC
November 10, 2015
Employees work at a JD.com logistic centre in Langfang, Hebei province, November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jason...
LANGFANG, China
Employees work at a JD.com logistic centre in Langfang
Employees work at a JD.com logistic centre in Langfang, Hebei province, November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-SINGLES DAY/LOGISTICS
RTS6DK7
November 10, 2015
Employees work at a Tmall logistic centre in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Aly...
Suzhou, China
Employees work at a Tmall logistic centre in Suzhou
Employees work at a Tmall logistic centre in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song
CHINA-SINGLESDAY/LOGISTICS
RTS6DLL
November 10, 2015
Employees work at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express ahead of the Singles Day shopping festival,...
Beijing, China
Employees work at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express ahead of the Singles Day shopping festival,...
Employees work at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express ahead of the Singles Day shopping festival, Chaoyang District, Beijing, November 8, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-SINGLESDAY/LOGISTICS
RTS6DL0
November 10, 2015
Employees work at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express ahead of the Singles Day shopping festival,...
Beijing, China
Employees work at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express ahead of the Singles Day shopping festival,...
Employees work at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express ahead of the Singles Day shopping festival, Chaoyang District, Beijing, November 8, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-SINGLESDAY/LOGISTICS
RTS6DL5
November 10, 2015
Bottles of employees are seen at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express before the Singles Day shopping...
Beijing, China
Bottles of employees are seen at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express before the Singles Day shopping...
Bottles of employees are seen at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express before the Singles Day shopping festival, Chaoyang District, Beijing, November 8, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-SINGLESDAY/LOGISTICS
RTS6DKR
November 10, 2015
Workers listen to their line manager as he prepares them for the upcoming Singles Day shopping festival,...
Beijing, China
Workers listen to their line manager as he prepares them for the upcoming Singles Day shopping festival,...
Workers listen to their line manager as he prepares them for the upcoming Singles Day shopping festival, at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express, Chaoyang District, Beijing, November 8, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-SINGLES DAY/LOGISTICS
RTS6DJU
November 10, 2015
An employee works at a Tmall logistic centre in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Aly...
Suzhou, China
An employee works at a Tmall logistic centre in Suzhou
An employee works at a Tmall logistic centre in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song
CHINA-SINGLES DAY/LOGISTICS
RTS6DJT
November 10, 2015
An employee works at a Tmall logistic centre in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Aly...
Suzhou, China
An employee works at a Tmall logistic centre in Suzhou
An employee works at a Tmall logistic centre in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song
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