As universities across China welcomed incoming students on Saturday, delivery companies aimed at servicing the college demographic made the arrival experience less stressful for thousands of new and returning students. One company in Shandong Province was met with overwhelming demand as delivery orders went beyond their working capacity.
A pile of unclaimed packages sits in front of a delivery express center at a university.
In Jinan, the capital city of East China's Shandong Province, many students chose to use the delivery service to send their luggage and necessities to school. Reports emerged of students arriving at registration “empty-handed.”
Couriers were inundated with scanning delivery barcodes and processing packages.
The average number of parcels handled by the express delivery service during the summer break is roughly 1,000. However, during the student check-in dates, the number skyrocketed to almost 5000 packages, some employees said. Common packages consisted of supplies and snacks.