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South Korean e-commerce firm Coupang stretched by order surge as coronavirus cases jump – Source Reuters Tech News

INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) – As South Korea’s coronavirus cases leapt above 5,000 this week, mask-wearing workers at a logistics center run by e-commerce firm Coupang Corp raced to disinfect trucks and load thousands of boxes of microwavable rice, disposable diapers and kitchen towels.

A worker in a protective gear sanitizes a vehicle before leaving to deliver packages in Incheon, South Korea, March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

“In the past, we used to go out with the truck half full, but these days, there’s so much to deliver there are leftover packages after filling the truck completely,” 27-year-old Jung Im-hong, a contract delivery driver, told Reuters.

Even before the epidemic, South Korea was expected to become the world’s No. 3 e-commerce market this year after China and the United States, according to Euromonitor, a remarkable statistic for a nation of just 51.7 million.

Now as the country emerges as critical hotspot in the global epidemic with the most…

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