The World's Greatest Delivery Empire Made It Cheaper to Order In Than Eat Out

In China, Meituan has reshaped city life—and heightened a rivalry with a certain company that starts with A and rhymes with LALA. China’s most valuable company, Alibaba, and its various subsidiaries dominate the country’s online retail market for physical goods, but Meituan is leading the way in services with over "600,000 delivery people serving 400 million customers a year in 2,800 cities". This piece is a terrific look at the raging battle for consumer mindshare in the world's most populous country and how for the fight is reshaping the day to day lives of consumers everywhere.


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