In-House Logistics Network for China
JD.com started in 1998 as on offline business, but shortly after a SARS outbreak in 2004 it launched its online business. Since China didn’t have an in-house, logistics program at the time, delivering medicine was difficult. So JD.com developed its own nationwide, in- house logistics network.
Its network can deliver over 90% same day or next day delivery. and serves 99% of China’s population, rural and suburban. Today, JD is China’s largest retailer, on- or offline and the world’s third largest internet company.
Smart Delivery Stations
In China’s cities Changsha and Hohhot, JD.com has launched two smart delivery stations. Utilizing delivery robots and human couriers, they can deliver up to 2,000 packages a day. The robots are autonomous, being able to deliver within a 5 kilometer radius. They can plan routes, avoid obstacles, and even recognize traffic lights. Also set up with facial recognition, they can securely deliver to the correct user.
Boundary less Retail Vision
To allow consumers to buy whatever they want, wherever and whenever they want is “JD’s Boundaryless Retail” vision. Automated warehouses, drones that can real-time problem solve and deliver, and highly trained personnel, China’s Jingdong.com is revolutionizing commerce. Next step is to open its technology up to other companies and industries, allowing consumers everywhere to enjoy the same ease of shopping as China, according to their Retail as a Service strategy. Showcasing their technology at the Consumer Electronics Show furthers this plan.
Consumer Electronics Show
JD launched its two delivery stations just a few days before being set to attend its first Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. At its booth, JD.com will showcase the technology already changing the way consumers shop in China. It will show how they use drones to deliver goods and medical supplies to remote areas, and even catch a look at the world’s first fully automated fulfillment center.
At the booth, visitors will be able to try some of the futuristic technology that JD has developed. Drone flights in virtual reality, and augmented reality fitting and styling software. Internet of Things technology which will allow consumers to remotely control their smart devices in their homes, and in their cars. Also available to try is a special exoskeleton worn by staff in their warehouse that makes lifting heavy objects easier. Refer to This Article for related information.