A child wearing a protective face mask rides a scooter next to closed shops in the deserted shopping and residential area of Sanlitun in Beijing, on February 26. Photo: EPA-EFE A child wearing a protective face mask rides a scooter next to closed shops in the deserted shopping and residential area of Sanlitun in Beijing, on February 26. Photo: EPA-EFE
A child wearing a protective face mask rides a scooter next to closed shops in the deserted shopping and residential area of Sanlitun in Beijing, on February 26. Photo: EPA-EFE
Ying Song
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Ying Song and Sumeet Saksena

Four coronavirus-driven Chinese consumer trends that will last even after the epidemic has subsided

  • The outbreak has hastened the transition to e-commerce and accelerated the use of artificial intelligence and robotics
  • People are flocking to local stores and pickup points instead of patronising centralised shopping areas and are showing more interest in food safety and health

A child wearing a protective face mask rides a scooter next to closed shops in the deserted shopping and residential area of Sanlitun in Beijing, on February 26. Photo: EPA-EFE A child wearing a protective face mask rides a scooter next to closed shops in the deserted shopping and residential area of Sanlitun in Beijing, on February 26. Photo: EPA-EFE
A child wearing a protective face mask rides a scooter next to closed shops in the deserted shopping and residential area of Sanlitun in Beijing, on February 26. Photo: EPA-EFE
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