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E-commerce secures food supply after closure of Xinfadi wholesale market

On Monday, Beijing's commerce bureau said that the city has boosted farm product supplies to answer to temporary demand. A quick response mechanism has been established to maintain the food supply amid a new round of coronavirus infections.

This message came after the closure of Xinfadi wholesale market, the largest such farm produce wholesale market in the Chinese capital, providing 80 percent of vegetables and 70 percent of fruits the city needs. The closure came after dozens of new coronavirus infections reported to be linked to the market.

"We have initiated temporary government reserves for vegetables, transported from provinces and cities outside Beijing to prepare emergency supplies," said Wang Hongcun, an official from the Beijing municipal commerce bureau.

Fresh food E-commerce firms such as Meicai have stepped up efforts to guarantee supplies for their customers in Beijing. Wang Yuxiong, Meicai's vice president, said the company has ensured sufficient commodity supplies help replenish the market and keep a healthy supply-demand relationship, and thus reducing panic buying in fear of a COVID-19 relapse.


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