The COVID pandemic re-occurred in multiple cities in March, including Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Shenyang, etc. Although some of the regional AHS stores were temporarily shut down in response to municipal requirements, AHS Recycle in other regions and online kept business as usual with high-standard services. This is safely done through pick-up for online orders and safe social distancing in-store fulfillment.
During the recurrences of the COVID, our operation facility strictly adhered to the anti-pandemic requirements of local authorities. We ensure a safe workplace through disinfection of the operation centers three times every day, sanitizing the parcels upon arrival, and checking body temperature and health QR code of our staff on a daily basis. We also leverage our big-data system and direct orders to nearby city-level operation stations to minimize adverse impact on regional operation capability.
In March, ATRenew added 16 new city-level service stations to its operational network, further burgeoning used electronics markets locally in south and southwest China.
In December 2021, ATRenew started a pilot program named “cloud storage”, “云仓” in Chinese, to cover local electronics marketplaces in Suzhou and Shenzhen as a part of the Company’s city-level service integration strategy. It enhances transactions across local markets by leveraging the Company’s inspection capabilities. With Device Hero, a power bank sized inspection device, small POP merchants are able to easily recycle and circulate electronic products. As of the end of March 2022, this pilot program covered 60 cities in China and contributed to the GMV growth of local markets.