In a monumental announcement at the 2018 JD Logistics Global Smart Supply Chain Summit in Beijing, retailer giant JD.com, also known as Jinggong Mall has put forward the process of building a research in Xiongan, China to better understand and innovate the way automation technology is interwind in the future smart cities of China.
“The Urban Smart Logistics Institute” as it will be named will focus primarily first on improving big data and cloud-based platforms to more efficiently carry out orders for distributors and other types of consumers. JD.com has stated that his program will be run by some of the best institutes and experts in the field of logistics. A few names who have already jumped on the project will be the Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute, Nankai University and Beijing Wuzi University with many more to come.
So, why the sudden push for this institute by JD.com? According to research, the increasing growth of the Chinese market has also brought along an increase of freight vehicles on their streets. The increase of freight vehicles has caused emission levels to rise in neighborhoods which have caused damage effects on the environment. The main goal of the institute will be to find a more efficient and environmentally framework for these vehicles. See Related Link to learn more.
The first route that the institute will study will be if they can utilize the current underground infrastructure. This would relieve traffic above ground and create a faster motive of transportation of goods. Engineer Chen Xiangsheng stated that the best smart cities are the ones that can utilize every available spaces and resource they have.
JD.com is no stranger to innovation, as China’s largest retailer it has been a source of constant innovation, in fact, JD.com holds the world’s only fully-automated fulfillment center. China’s growth will continue, and JD.com with their new research institute will be there every step of the way to see that everyone grows with it.
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