Anyone can earn money handling local deliveries for GS25
GS Retail will start an on-foot delivery service for people who order products from its convenience store franchise GS25 online.
The retailer said any user of its upcoming platform, regardless of whether they drive or not, can sign up to deliver products in their local area for a little less than $3 per delivery.
GS Retail is targeting students, older people, housewives and office workers to participate in the delivery service. The company says that foreign residents with visa types that permit economic activity will also be able to sign up for the service.
There isn't a limit to the number of times one can accept an order on the platform.
After someone places an order via the food delivery app Yogiyo, a separate app due to launch on Aug. 17 will notify potential delivery people. The app is named after a Korean expression that translates as "our neighborhood delivery."
Users will receive between 2,800 won ($2.35) and 3,200 won per delivery.
The platform will be tested at three GS25 branches in Gangnam, southern Seoul, through a group of people picked in advanced to try taking the deliveries. The service will be widely available starting Aug. 17.
GS Retail plans to expand the service to its other affiliates, including supermarket chain GS The Fresh.
Orders can’t weigh more than 5 kilograms (11 pounds) and can be delivered within a 1.5-kilometer (0.9-mile) range of the GS25.
“'Untact' has become the new normal, and [GS Retail] intends to help people easily take part in economic activities,” said Oh Jin-seong, senior vice president at GS Retail.
Untact is a portmanteau of the prefix “un” and contact, meaning “no contact.”
GS Retail hopes to create an innovative business model involving quick commerce, Oh said, referring to rapid delivery services.
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