Apr 28, 2020|

Chairman Richard Liu and JD.com Donate to Switzerland during COVID-19


by Ling Cao

On April 28, Richard Liu, JD.com Chairman and CEO announced to donate medical supplies to Switzerland, including 800,000 KN95 protective masks and 800,000 disposable medical masks, 800,000 surgical gloves, 20,000 pairs of goggles, and 10,000 protective gowns to support the fight against COVID-19. The first batch of the donation will soon be shipped from Shanghai to Switzerland.

A spokesperson from the Swiss Embassy said: “We would like to thank Mr. Richard Liu and JD.com for their generous donation to the Swiss Red Cross. Switzerland, like many other countries, is at present engaged in fighting the virus. The Embassy is busy in supporting operations aiming at buying and bringing the necessary medical equipment to Switzerland. On the top of that, we also channel spontaneous donations that come in from many sides and for which I express my gratitude.”

Richard Liu and JD.com donate emergency supplies to Switzerland

Richard and JD.com have donated a massive quantity of medical supplies overseas to countries including the UK, Uzbekistan and Chile. The donations leverage JD’s supply chain capabilities to source from domestic manufacturers in China, helping them to gradually resume normal operations.

“We will pay close attention to the development of the pandemic, and continue to provide assistance around the world”, said a JD spokesperson. “As China is increasingly playing an important role in the global supply chain, JD will take full advantage of its strengths and work together with brands to do its utmost to support the global anti-virus efforts.”

Nasdaq-listed e-commerce giant JD.com is the largest retailer in China, online or offline. Swiss products from world-renowned consumer products brands such as Nestlé as well as top luxury watch brands, such as Carl F. Bucherer and Chopard have been highly popular with Chinese consumers on JD. Several Swiss brands have made their e-commerce debut in China with JD. In addition, Nespresso uses JD Logistics, JD’s in-house logistics network, for its doorstep capsule recycling program in China.