Ram Singh's daily beat is a 40-km stretch of Gurgaon's sector 31,45,46,39 and Jharsa 'gaon'. The 26-year-old Flipkart delivery agent dropped off 242 parcels on October 9, 2014, three days after the mega sale. He started delivering packages at 4 am and kept at it till10pm. He was approached by rival Amazon, but spurned the offer. With millions of consumers now ordering about $10 billion worth of products ranging from food to furniture and from lipstick to lingerie online, demand for ace delivery boys like Singh is rising.

Staffing firms like Randstad say they will have to come up with newer ways of hiring delivery agents. "We go to nearby villages, hold recruitment camps once in six weeks. But will now have to think of more ways," said Aditya Narayan Mishra, president, staffing, Randstad India. 

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