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Supermarket camps out to ensure supplies

At 10pm on a recent night, Li Bin, manager of the Century Mart Chengzhong outlet, took out his mobile phone and made a video call to his father and children in Yangpu District after another tiring day.

This was the 16th day he had stayed in the store under lockdown.

Li and his colleagues have many duties during the day, including receiving, distributing, packing and delivering goods. When their work day is over, they sleep in the store.

At 2pm on April 11, Li and his colleagues were ready to start the afternoon’s sorting and distribution. The store is mainly connected with each residential compound in Jiading Town.

Their mission is to ensure grocery supplies to the communities before the materials passed on to every resident in need.

Supplies range from fresh meat to apples, from cauliflower, lettuce, cucumbers to eggs. The staff wear masks while they sort the fresh food into different categories.

The staff begin to move, load and deliver food from 8am. The work lasts long into the evening — even at 10pm, they are still busy delivering packages to the community.

In addition to the communities, the store also tries to take care of some special groups, including hotel guests and the lonely elderly who call to ask for help.

The store delivers to dozens of hotels and every day supplies about 30 elderly people living alone. Due to the limited transportation capacity, they focus on meat, vegetables and eggs.

Wu Yan, head of the store’s distribution sector, stays in the store because she feels she can help others.

“Despite working in the supermarket for so many years, we never felt that we are needed,” se said. “But during this time, we have received so many sincere ‘thank you’ from people in need.”


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