Young courier delivers power of youth


NANJING: Pan Hu, a 29-year-old deliveryman, never expected that he would one day be a recipient of the May Fourth Medal, the top honor for young Chinese presented annually before the national Youth Day which falls on May 4.
Young individuals including scientists, medical staff and military personnel were among this year’s medal winners for their great contributions to the country. This honor was also bestowed on Pan, the only deliveryman on the list.
“My peers regard me as a role model now, but this honor truly goes to all the 3 million Chinese deliverymen,” Pan said.
Pan joined Suning Logistics, a subsidiary of Chinese retail giant Suning Holdings Group, five years ago, and became a deliveryman in the city of Nanjing, east China’s Jiangsu Province.
He has completed more than 150,000 delivery orders and driven a total of over 20,000 km, with zero customer complaints.
During the coronavirus epidemic, Pan and his colleagues set up a youth team consisting of 120 logistics staffers. They sent daily necessities, such as cooking oil, meat, vegetables and disinfection products, to residential communities in Nanjing.
Many residential communities across China adopted closed-off management measures to curb the spread of the virus through human contact. As a result, entry of deliverymen was denied.
“We have to walk a long way to deliver parcels in some remote rural areas. For some valuable parcels, we have to wait for customers to fetch them in person,” Pan said.
“Every delivery carries plenty of expectations and wishes,” he said. “We were constantly touched as many customers would give us water or drinks to express their thanks.”
He earned an average of 10,000 yuan (about 1,416 U.S. dollars) a month in 2019, which enabled him to buy a car and an apartment with a mortgage to settle down in Nanjing. He was promoted to a regional manager this year for his outstanding performance. – Agencies