A 71-year-old delivery man enters an elevator in Seoul to deliver packages to high-rise apartments in this 2018 file photo. Photo: AFP A 71-year-old delivery man enters an elevator in Seoul to deliver packages to high-rise apartments in this 2018 file photo. Photo: AFP
A 71-year-old delivery man enters an elevator in Seoul to deliver packages to high-rise apartments in this 2018 file photo. Photo: AFP
South Korea

In South Korea, some couriers are paying for same-day deliveries with their lives

  • Demand for their services has skyrocketed amid the coronavirus pandemic, as fewer people venture out to bricks-and-mortar shops
  • But long hours for low wages – just US$0.70 per package in some cases – are driving a growing number of couriers to an early grave

Topic |   South Korea
A 71-year-old delivery man enters an elevator in Seoul to deliver packages to high-rise apartments in this 2018 file photo. Photo: AFP A 71-year-old delivery man enters an elevator in Seoul to deliver packages to high-rise apartments in this 2018 file photo. Photo: AFP
A 71-year-old delivery man enters an elevator in Seoul to deliver packages to high-rise apartments in this 2018 file photo. Photo: AFP
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