China’s delivery app, Uber-style

Dada is the market leader in a new range of apps that offer the Chinese a chance to make extra money delivering small packages and takeaway food. The concept of the Dada app resembles that of the ground-breaking international taxi-app Uber.

According to, Dada is invented by Philip Kuai, who made his first millions as vice president of the real estate agency Anjuke Inc. Dada is a typical online-to-offline (O2O) business, linking the Internet to the real world. Dada creates this link by offering individuals delivery jobs. Dada has restaurants and stores put their orders for delivery on its app, and deliverymen who have registered with the company pick up the packages and takeaway food and take it to the buyer's address.

Dada has already registered deliverymen in 30 cities round the country (20,000 part-time deliverymen in Beijing). The app is working with 100,000 restaurants and stores, and has made about 600,000 deliveries in the past year. After regional governments had closed down similar apps for fear of delivering drugs, Dada has found a way around this potential pitfall, as it does not allow individuals to send packages, limiting it to established businesses. Potential deliverymen must also submit photos of their faces and ID cards.

Deliverymen must also upload photos of the packages they pick up and other details, such as prices, onto the app.

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