A 34-year-old woman living in Banpo-dong recently failed to order fresh food products through SSG.com, the e-commerce arm of Shinsegae Group, due to a shortage of supplies. She tried again through Market Kurly, but faced to the same problem.
Coupang shut a delivery center in Seocho District, southern Seoul, on Monday after a worker there tested positive for Covid-19.
Sales of masks and hygiene products have skyrocketed in recent weeks as the number of coronavirus cases continues to climb.
Coupang on Friday confirmed it is giving out a million won ($830) in aid to more than 2,000 temporary employees who worked at its distribution centers in Gyeonggi, where cases of Covid-19 were reported.
Online shopping in April jumped 12.5 percent on year to 12.26 trillion won ($10.08 billion), announced Statistics Korea Wednesday.
Major retailers noticed a bump in business over the weekend despite Covid-19 cases continuing to pop up here and there in the country and mini-clusters forming.
The number of new daily Covid-19 infections have fallen below 30 for the first time in a week as health authorities scramble to get one cluster under control while other potential clusters seem to be contained.
A second distribution center of the Korean e-commerce behemoth Coupang in Goyang, Gyeonggi, has been hit by the coronavirus with at least one worker testing positive, health officials announced Thursday.
An employee at a second Coupang distribution center was confirmed a coronavirus patient on Thursday, the e-commerce operator announced Thursday morning.
Coronavirus infections linked to e-commerce distribution centers are scaring people away from online shopping — which for the past few weeks seemed like the safer alternative to shopping in brick-and-mortar stores.