JD.com’s [JD:US] logistics unit, JD Logistics, announced that it will establish an urban intelligent logistics research center in Hebei province's Xiongan New Area, according to Tencent News on November 7. The purpose of the research center is to turn the Xiongan New Area into a model city for the global intelligent logistics sector. According to JD Logistics’ plan, the company will first focus on underground logistics, unmanned tracks, and pipe corridors to fulfill and deliver parcels.
JD.com, as one of China’s largest e-commerce companies, has been increasing its efforts to develop its intelligent logistics businesses over the past few years. In June this year, JD.com unveiled an automated warehouse in Shanghai that only employed four workers but can handle over 200,000 orders daily. In the same month, JD.com signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Magplane Technology, the developer of the Magplane system, to establish both ground and underground intelligent transportation networks. On the other hand, JD Logistics’ rival Alibaba-backed [BABA:US] Cainiao Network also showed its presence in the intelligent logistics filed. Last month, Cainiao announced that it has established the largest robot-operated warehouse in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, with over 700 robots.