23 Young People in Shanghai Design Group Buying Website Amid COVID-19

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Team members developing the group buying website during the latest COVID-19 outbreak in Shanghai. /Chinese Youth Daily

Team members developing the group buying website during the latest COVID-19 outbreak in Shanghai. /Chinese Youth Daily

Shanghai has fought a tough battle against COVID-19 in its worst outbreak in two years. While under the dynamic zero COVID policy, a group of young people with an average age of only 22 worked hard to create Yituan GO, a group shopping website that allows people to shop online, as well only to get the most accurate and timely information. for daily necessities. It was quickly launched after 24 hours, and quickly reached over 60,000 hits.

Team members developing the group buying website during the latest COVID-19 outbreak in Shanghai. /Chinese Youth Daily

Team members developing the group buying website during the latest COVID-19 outbreak in Shanghai. /Chinese Youth Daily

On April 8, Zhang Yuyin, a teacher at Shanghai Xiancheng Vocational School, came up with the idea of ​​creating an information-sharing website after seeing that many communities find it difficult to go out to buy food. food. Li Hui, the school’s senior technician, quickly responded to this idea and began development. The website was purely for the public good without earning any revenue from commercial use.

Users can enter keywords into search engines to compare each store’s prices. More than 2,600 pieces of information have been collected from local authorities, and volunteers are checking the specific source one by one. To help the elderly, the website also has a speed dial function, so that they can click on the number on the page to immediately call the relevant departments or stores.

Website screenshot. /Chinese Youth Daily

Website screenshot. /Chinese Youth Daily

The website is now constantly being developed and updated. The team has also been continuously expanded, starting with 4 people and now reaching 23.

“Young people trapped at home also want to do something for Shanghai,” Zhang wrote in a post on the website. “We’ve done our best to get this website online as soon as possible to help more people. We’re not paid in any way, but we love Shanghai, so we’re all set to do that.”

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