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JD.com activates unmanned logistic at its HQ in Beijing E-Town

Jul 4, 2017 (China Knowledge) – Part of the recent JD.com's June 18, or commonly known as the 618 sale event, warehousing, logistic management and 24-hour overnight delivery were executed with new intelligent robotic systems. The China's second largest e-commerce platform realized a record high of US$ 17.6 billion in transaction volume that day hitting a record 50% higher sales than the combined first 18 days of 2015's 618 event.

 

This year sale event enabled JD.com to test run on a large number of intelligent equipment such as unmanned sorting and handling. The world's first large-scale robot delivery were carried out with its proprietary Six-propeller Multi-spin Drone and VTOL-2 Drone; and, as well as Self-driving Car 2 and Smart-lift Robot AGV that were earlier featured at the 2017 China International Fair for Trade and Services. Together with JD's new unmanned warehousing it set the tone of future smart logistics.

 

Back in late 2015 the ecommerce giant began its drone research, and by 2016, the drones passed vigorous testing under various weather and complex delivery conditions. This year, a drone logistics network has begun development, covering trunk lines, branch lines, and the eventual product direct delivery. Its current drones can handle several tonnes in weight and operation radius reaching over 300km.

 

Its driverless cars also see remarkable progress this year with tested delivery across several Chinese cities. Making its warehousing and storage more efficient JD.com built around these support services with unmanned and total automation concept. Today the storage at its new facilities beat traditional container cranes by over ten folds, and package retrieval speed could reach 3,600 times per hour.

 

The e-commerce giant set up its HQ Beijing E-Town, a triple-A rated industrial park, just three years ago it has become a leader in the area's e-commerce sector, attracting similar and related ecommerce companies across China.

 

Currently Beijing E-Town is constructing Beijing's Central E-commerce District (CED) and to form full an industry cluster attracting e-commerce companies' headquarters to settle in. As of to date there are over 1,200 e-commerce related enterprises in the area. In 2016, Beijing E-Town's e-commerce enterprises realized RMB 76.2 billion in online retail sales, 135% higher than in 2012.






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