JD.com, also known as Jingdong Mall, is one of the largest e-commerce companies in China, announced a partnership with Rakuten, Inc., a global innovation company in the e-commerce sector, which will see JD.com’s drones as well as autonomous delivery robots used in Rakuten’s delivery solutions that are unmanned in Japan.
Jingdong Mall is expected to bring its expertise in drones and autonomous delivery robots development while Rakuten bringing expertise in drone delivery service operations throughout Japan including its dedicated shopping apps. The two leading companies will work closely together on the unmanned delivery services of Rakuten to make them suitable for an array of situations and applications.
Rakuten achieved a milestone in 2016 when it launched the Rakuten Drone delivery service. It provided delivery services as well as trials in collaboration with local governments and corporate partners. Rakuten is dedicated to solve the challenges the Japan’s logistics sector faces. Get Additional Information Here.
The Group Managing Executive Officer of Rakuten, Koji Ando, stated that the Rakuten fraternity was delightful to collaborate with Jingdong, a company that has the largest cutting-edge proprietary delivery network in China, knowledge in the use of drones and UGHVs in logistics, and a track record of use of the drones and UGVs. The two partners will combine JD’s drones and UGVs and Rakuten’s unmanned delivery solutions to drive innovation in the logistics sector of Japan as well as allow for provision of greater convenience to Japan consumers.
Jingdong Mall started its drone program in 2015 and in 2016, the company launched the first commercial deliveries in rural China. Currently, the company operates drones in Shaanxi, Jiangsu, as well as other provinces. Since the launch, drones have seen a lot flight time.
JD.com announced the successful development and testing of drones duped as “Indonesia’s first government-approved drone test flight”. The announcement came as good news for Indonesia and Southeast Asia because it marked a start of the use drone for commercial deliveries. Jingdong has also inaugurated smart stations in various cities in China.
President of JD-X, Jun Xiao, said that the e-commerce platform has been leveraging drones and autonomous delivery robots to make deliveries across China for more than two years. JD.com is dedicated to innovating in the logistics sector to increase accessibility, reliability as well as cost-effectiveness. JD.com is also known for various humanitarian efforts and charity contributions. Now, Rakuten’s unmanned delivery solutions in China will be developed and commercialized faster in the wake of JD.com-Rakuten agreement.