SEOUL, Nov. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — An increasing number of delivery workers are choosing to deliver parcels on foot, rather than using other means of transportation.
Women, in particular, are tapping into the delivery business to earn money and get a bit of a work out at the same time.
Neighborhood Delivery, a new on-foot delivery service platform designed by GS Retail Co., operator of convenience store chain GS25, attracted 7,000 applicants in just 13 days after starting recruitment.
On-foot delivery is popular among job seekers since they don’t need a bicycle, motorcycle, or a car to start working.
It also allows participants to ‘exercise’ as they earn money.
Considering that delivery staff are paid 3,300 won for each delivery, they can make approximately 1 million won (US$900) each month if they work 3 hours a day, delivering three parcels every hour.
Thanks to the accessibility of the new service, many women are joining the delivery workforce. Roughly one-third of all delivery staff registered on Woodil were women.
MG Playing, another on-foot delivery service platform, has female staff comprising as much as 60 percent of the delivery workforce, a striking feature considering that other delivery platforms involving motorcycles and other means of transportation have men comprising 95 to 99 percent of all delivery staff.
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