Call Your Errand Boy

Last month, I was DJing at an event, and I arrived at the venue early to set up my gear. While unpacking my items, I discovered that a pair of cables were not in my bag and remembered that I used them the night before at our own B Quarter party.

Instead of taking a DiDi back and forth, I had a coworker at my office send the cables through Meituan PaoTui, better known as the errand boy. Inside the Meituan Delivery app, there is a peer-to-peer courier service called “PaoTui.” After the delivery man accepts the order, he will immediately help you take the product from one location to the next. You can either ask the errand boy to send things to a destination or pick up items from the location you specify. Besides the two addresses, you also need to fill out the item type, the value and the weight of the item.

To ensure that your product is safe, you can buy insurance for the item; the cost of insurance is 1 RMB for every 200 RMB of your item value, where the maximum value of your item can be 30,000 RMB. Through the app, you will then pay a service fee to the delivery man.

For anyone who wants a cost-effective solution—without the burden of running back and forth—Meituan PaoTui is perfect for delivering groceries, home utilities and other small items. Even in our local community, restaurants are using the same service to send food to their customers. Instead of setting up a store in Meituan food delivery, restaurants share their menu inside a WeChat group and customers can order the items using WeChat Pay. A Meituan PaoTui order is then placed to deliver the food from Point A to Point B swiftly.

One disadvantage is that this service’s interface is only in Chinese. Therefore, some foreign users may require assistance when navigating the app or contacting the delivery man.

Are you interested in learning more about Meituan PaoTui? Watch Billy’s video for a step-by-step guide.