JD.com to smart up logistics ecosystem with robots, drones

JD.com to smart up logistics ecosystem with robots, drones
Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc is taking a new approach to intelligent logistics.Xiao Jun (R), vice-president of JD.com, shakes hands with the representative from Siasun Robot &Automation Co Ltd after they signed a strategic partnership agreement on May 13, 2016. [Photoprovided to chinadaily.com.cn]

On Friday, the online retailer announced it is providing an open door for companies looking tostep into the “smart” industry by signing a strategic partnership deal with a global leadingChinese robot maker, Siasun Robot & Automation Co Ltd.

The Nasdaq-traded retailer said the smart logistics system will be built on integrated smartapplications. Robots and drones and the huge pool of data it gathered in the past twodecades are to be used in efforts to speed up the company’s sorting and delivering process. Itwill also be used to cut costs and bring better results to the last-mile distribution of remoteareas.

Zhang Chen, CTO at JD.com, said the future of the logistics industry will not only be driven bythe upgrade of equipment, but shaped by booming technologies.

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