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In China, express delivery is painfully easy nowadays, thanks in large part to one Shenzhen-based company that practically wrote the rules back in the mid-’90s. Wang Wai founded SF Express in 1993 in Shunde, a city just outside of Guangzhou.
Starting out as an illegal business engaged in ‘black delivery’ between Hong Kong and China, SF Express has ballooned into a dynamic company offering international express delivery services and more. Considered to be China’s largest express delivery company, SF Express, known as Shun Feng in Mandarin, offers mobile users the ability to mail packages with the click of a thumb. Remember driving to the post office as a kid to mail something when you’d run out of stamps? Those days are long gone.
The app has proven to be a godsend for the masses in China, operating in all major cities and coming at a fair price. Last month, we sent a package (under 1-kilogram) from Guangzhou to Shenzhen for only RMB13. You can also arrange international shipping to send your friends abroad a little something from the Middle Kingdom (expect to pay at least RMB100).
While the SF Express App may look different depending on which app store you download it from, the concept is still pretty cut and dry: sign-up using your phone number, plug in the sender and recipient details and arrange a time for the delivery person to pick up the parcel. Voila!
Unfortunately for those of you looking to ship something domestically, the app is only available in Chinese, but don’t worry, dear readers, because we have a super easy guide for those who want to give it a try!
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