Two months ago, China was capable of delivering more than 10 million parcels a day. Now, however, 30% of parcels are in storage and will not be delivered on time.
Large-scale discounts are part of the problem. On November 11, 150 brands offered half-price discounts on their products, attracting the attention of many e-shopping enthusiasts who spent RMB936 million (US$140.4 million) in a single day.
Plus, there is a lack of diesel fuel. About 2,000 private gas stations in south China have closed temporarily due to the shortage of fuel.
Lai Xuejun, assistant to the chairman of Yunda Express, pointed out that almost all trucks are stuck in long lines for available gas stations or running low on fuel in search of a station with adequate diesel oil.
CRIENGLISH.com reported Zhang Rongjun, secretary general of China Express Association, as saying the logistics industry must improve its infrastructure and modify its growth pattern.