BEIJING -- Ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is hiring van and truck drivers in ten Chinese cities as part of plans to join the already crowded on-demand logistics industry to diversify its business.
In a recruiting notice, Didi said it is hiring 580 van and truck drivers for cities that include Beijing, Shanghai, eastern Hangzhou and southern Shenzhen for on-demand logistics services.
Didi sorts the vehicles in five categories, from small vans to 4.2 meter-long trucks. It requires drivers to have certain licenses and will offer to train them, it said.
Didi, which is backed by SoftBank, launched delivery services in 21 Chinese cities in March during the lockdown.
Didi declined to comment. U.S. rival Uber Technologies Inc. is operating Uber Freight service.
The field for on-demand logistics services in China is crowded, with Manbang, Huolala and 58.com Inc.'s Kuaigou as market leaders.