Coupang, a South Korean e-commerce site backed by Softbank and Sequoia Capital, confirmed one of its delivery people died last week.
Union workers allege the death is a result of increased workloads following the coronavirus outbreak that’s causing more people to shop online.
The incident serves as an example of what could happen to US warehouse and delivery workers, as US e-commerce sites, like Amazon, are experiencing a similar surge in traffic and order volume.
Multiple Amazon warehouse workers told Business Insider that they are afraid of going to work as the risk of suffering an injury or contracting the coronavirus disease has increased in recent weeks.
Amazon announced on Monday that it plans to hire 100,000 new warehouse and delivery workers and raise their pay by $2 per hour to deal with the increased workloads.
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A delivery worker’s death in South Korea could be a sign of what’s to come for US e-commerce companies, as the coronavirus crisis puts more pressure on their labor-intensive warehousing and delivery workers.

Coupang, a South Korean e-commerce site last valued at $9 billion with backing from Softbank and Sequoia Capital, saw one of its delivery workers die last week, allegedly because of …read more

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