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Monday, February 11, 2013

KOREAN CULTURE: Korea’s Incredibly Customer-Friendly Delivery Service (2)


As New York and New England have been digging out from epic snow (and tell this Minnesota mom about snow!), I happened to remember the pictures I had seen on the Internet: Those were the pictures of South Korean delivery men taken in the midst of heavy snowfall.

As I mentioned in one of my May posts, South Korea delivers against all odds. Basically, South Korea is heaven for all the lazy souls who crave midnight snacks or on a bad weather day or any day. (Click to learn more about South Korea's incredibly customer-friendly delivery service.)  Unlike the U.S., most South Korean delivery guys are on motorcycles, especially in big cities to maneuver through notorious traffic congestion, as the lightning fast delivery is a key to maintain the quality of food they deliver.

But, alas, every rose has its thorn and of course, there are downsides to this seemingly heavenly delivery service.  Even though motorcycles are considered more efficient and faster to reach planned delivery destinations, riding a motorcycle is riskier and more dangerous than driving a car. And even riskier and more dangerous in snow or rain. So the pictures of seemingly invincible South Korea delivery men on motorbikes always give me mixed feelings.




7 comments:

  1. I was just talking to my co-workers about this and what started it was a photo that was forwarded to us of Mcdonalds delivery mopeds and they couldn't believe it. I told them about how Korea is the King of customer service when it comes to delivery...When I was living and working there I almost felt guilty order lunch, because I was basically going to force a an ajumma to carry a giant aluminum tray filled with our lunches on her head for several blocks...sigh still feel kind've guilty about that

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  2. I was just talking to my co-workers about this and what started it was a photo that was forwarded to us of Mcdonalds delivery mopeds and they couldn't believe it. I told them about how Korea is the King of customer service when it comes to delivery...When I was living and working there I almost felt guilty order lunch, because I was basically going to force a an ajumma to carry a giant aluminum tray filled with our lunches on her head for several blocks...sigh still feel kind've guilty about that

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  3. Hi! I couldn't find your email address on your blog so I thought I'd just leave a comment.
    The german magazine SPIEGEL just published an article about South Korea in the english section of its website. It looks at the reaction, or rather, nonreaction to the North-Korean threats in South Korea but it's also somewhat critical about the image of the country in the rest of the world. Maybe you could read it and give your take on it? It might be insightful.
    You can finde the article here:
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/daily-life-as-bizarre-as-it-gets-in-south-korea-a-898774.html

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  4. Hi! I couldn't find your email address on your blog so I thought I'd just leave a comment.
    The german magazine SPIEGEL just published an article about South Korea in the english section of its website. It looks at the reaction, or rather, nonreaction to the North-Korean threats in South Korea but it's also somewhat critical about the image of the country in the rest of the world. Maybe you could read it and give your take on it? It might be insightful.
    You can finde the article here:
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/daily-life-as-bizarre-as-it-gets-in-south-korea-a-898774.html

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  5. really like your blog posts...I was a bike messenger in Minneapolis 4 years, through big snows and ice...I feel what it's like!
    Reaaly love your posts of Korean TV dramas.

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