JD.com bolsters autonomous logistics with Chinese smart delivery stations

Source: JD Corporate Blog, Monday, Jan 7, 2019

JD.com has launched two autonomous delivery stations in the cities of Changsha and Hohhot. The stations’ delivery robots can each deliver up to 30 parcels per trip within a 5km radius from the base station, totalling up to 2,000 a day, with all deliveries monitored in real time. Shoppers can unlock the robots and access products using either facial recognition or an access code.

The delivery stations are JD’s latest moves in a string of cutting edge supply chain automation and logistics solutions, as the global competition to solve the challenging economics of last mile fulfilment intensifies. 

With retailers and technology companies around the world trialling autonomous delivery capabilities, suppliers must proactively partner with retailer trials to understand the optimised packaging requirements across the various prototypes. Suppliers should also consider experimenting with autonomous delivery technology as a way to facilitate D2C operations.