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2019, Mon

Jun

17

As a company focused on food delivery, we realize we have a responsibility to be aware of the environmental impact that brings. So, we’re launching Lunch for Trees, a new initiative in which we’ll be working with the Million Tree Project to plant more trees in Ningxia and give back to the environment.

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From 17th June to 31st August, with every lunch order you make Monday to Friday (10:30-14:00) we will donate 2% of your order amount (not incl. delivery fee) to the Million Tree Project.

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Not only that but to show our appreciation to you throughout this campaign you can enjoy lunch for less with ¥5 off all delivery fees Monday to Friday (between 10:30-14:00).

About the Million Tree Project

It began in 2007 and aims to raise community awareness of the Earth’s precious environment while focusing on steps individuals can take to lessen their negative impact on the natural world. MTP is designed to improve both ecological and humanitarian conditions by planting trees. The project gives individuals and organizations an opportunity to fight climate change by planting oxygen-producing trees. It also encompasses true capacity building as the local population is intimately involved with, and benefits from, every step of planting, maintaining and monitoring the trees.

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Open the Sherpa’s App to start planting! Just make an order during the weekday lunch hours and we will take care of the rest!

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2019, Tue

Jun

11

Aldi has Arrived in China!

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That’s right! Aldi has officially opened its first two pilot stores in China. Well, they’re actually both in Shanghai, but fingers crossed Aldi makes the leap to Beijing and Suzhou soon.

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Image via tagesschau.de

The chain was founded in Germany in 1946, although the name Aldi first appeared in 1962. The discount supermarket chain has gained popularity with shoppers for their amazingly low-priced, quality groceries.  They carry many of their own private label foods for a fraction of the cost of big name brands. Why pay 3x the price for Tostitos tortilla chips and salsa when Aldi’s versions are just as good? U.S. readers will probably recognize another chain of grocery stores owned by the Aldi Group – Trader Joe’s!

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Aldi keeps costs down by providing a minimally-staffed, low-frills shopping experience, but the Shanghai branches look pretty fancy. We’ve been to branches in the United States and Germany, and the Shanghai one is definitely cooler.

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Image via Financial Times

Locals and expats alike lined up by the hundreds for the grand opening on Friday, June 7th to score German products, good European beer, ready to eat items, and fresh bread and produce along with deals on more local specialities like salted duck eggs and, of course, chicken feet.

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Image via Wikimedia

Yum.

It’s an interesting move for the company as foreign-owned grocery stores have typically struggled to capture market share in China. German Metro is in the process of selling their Chinese operations while British Tesco and Spanish Dia have already abandoned the market. American retailer Walmart and French Carrefour have also struggled through years of single-digit growth.

Although we shouldn’t really be encouraging cooking at home (cough cough), we do wish Aldi the best and hope they make it to Beijing and Suzhou!

Have you been to the new Aldi branches in Shanghai yet? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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bye fields

2019, Wed

Apr

24

You’ve probably heard the news already: popular English-speaking online grocer Fields has officially shut down. Without much of a warning at all, the company released a WeChat statement last Friday announcing that they will immediately stop taking and delivering all orders.

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Guess it’s pretty much impossible to cook at home anymore. Sounds like it’s time to order some Sherpa’s – kidding, er, not really.

Jokes aside, we’re definitely sad to hear that Fields has closed after 10 tasty years of operation. First opened by Chinese-American Steve Liang in 2009, Fields focused on food safety and provided convenient delivery and online payment options. It really was on the cutting edge before WeChat, Alipay, and the Kuaidi revolution arrived (although Sherpa’s beat them to delivery by a whole decade, woo!).

Apparently, Fields’ parent company, Sun Art Retail Group, made the decision to shut down the online grocer after looking at the ‘overall development strategy and business layout’ of their group. Whatever that means.

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Via fieldschina.com 

One former Fields’ employee has stated that the company wants ‘to explore a different direction.’ Again, whatever that means. We say don’t hold your breath for a return.

If you’d still like to get groceries delivered and, you know, do that whole cooking thing, you’ve still got some website and WeChat shop options. Depending on where you are Sherpa’s also offers delivery from some popular supermarkets.

With the demise of Fields, how are you going to get your groceries delivered? Or will you walk to the nearest grocery store like a normal person? Let us know in the comments below!

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2019, Wed

Jan

23

With Sherpa’s DaiGo service, our couriers will bring you what you need.

Anything you would find in a convenience store or café, can be delivered to you. With a discounted service fee of 10RMB (limited time) and a fixed delivery fee of only 20RMB, you can DaiGo it.

Starting tomorrow the DaiGo service will be available to use through the Sherpa’s app and it’s as easy as 1-2-3-4:

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Open your Sherpa’s app and select ‘DaiGo – Errand Service’ on the home screen

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Select ‘Choose size’ and read the DaiGo ‘Description’ on the next page so you fully understand the service

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Choose a recommended item (optional) and touch ‘Add to Cart’ > ‘Order’

 

On the View Order page select ‘Restaurant Memo’ near the bottom (under ‘Coupon’), this is where you will enter the list of items you want the courier to buy

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One of our couriers will deliver the items to your door as soon as possible, so just sit back, relax and wait for your DaiGo delivery.

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