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Old warehouse now a North Bund service center

The North Bund Company Service Center has opened in a more than 90-year-old warehouse along the Huangpu River to provide bespoke, intelligent and round-the-clock services.

The center was unveiled on the ground floor of the historic Pier Marden, built by Britain’s GE Marden & Co in 1930, at 147 Yangshupu Road. The six-story warehouse is one of the city’s best-preserved Western industrial heritage buildings.

The British-style building features spiral decoration imitating the walls of Greek temples. The original concrete and steel frames have been preserved. It has been listed as one of the outstanding warehouse structures in Shanghai.

The upper floors have been renovated into innovative offices for startup and fintech firms, while the ground floor was newly unveiled as the service center.

“The center is like a ‘service supermarket’ with a total of 1,061 approvals and services to be available,” said Zheng Hong, Hongkou District deputy director.

Twenty-nine government bodies, including public security, science and technology commission, and taxation, have assigned officials to the center.

An international talent service station was also unveiled at the center on Saturday. Companies can apply for residence and work permits for their foreign professionals.

Artificial intelligence, big data and 5G technologies have been widely applied. A self-service zone is open 24 hours for customers to talk with an AI robot or apply for taxation and other issues through the intelligent machines.

“There is no service window in the center, but coffee tables and meeting rooms to offer bespoke services to each of the companies based on the North Bund,” said Liu Jun, an official with the North Bund Development Group.

“Problems can be solved and certificates be released over a cup of coffee.”

The application process has been shortened to five days from over 20 days for some issues for some tenants at Raffles City on the North Bund, according to an official with the landmark complex, featuring office buildings and malls.


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