Jun 17, 2020|

JD and Leading Retail Research Firm IGD Release Report on JD’s Autonomous Warehousing


by Ella Kidron

On June 16th , JD and leading research firm, IGD, released a collaborative research report on JD’s autonomous warehousing. The report, “Demystifying JD.com’s Autonomous Warehouse” provides an overview of JD’s autonomous warehousing technology, its processes, proprietary software, the role of 5G and sustainability initiatives. In particular, it provides a spotlight on JD’s Asia No. 1 logistics park in Dongguan, Guangdong province (Read my colleague’s in-depth on this here)– the largest autonomous warehouse in Asia. JD’s Dongguan logistics park covers an area of 500,000 square meters and has 78 automatic stackers with a combined height of over 1,600 meters. It is able to handle 1.6 million orders per day.

During the height of COVID-19, JD’s autonomous warehousing capabilities and other smart logistics were essential in ensuring sufficient supply. Advanced algorithms capable of new route planning, vehicle usage optimization, and inventory forecasting, which are regularly used in JD’s operations, were key to this effort. From January 20th to February 13th , JD supplied 71,500 tons of rice, flour and grain, 27.25 million liters of cooking oil, 40 million bags of instant noodles, 50,000 tons of fresh produce, 3 million cans of baby formula, and 3.61 million bottles of disinfectant, among other products.

The report also looks at the important role of 5G in the future of logistics, especially in the realm of industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). JD unveiled the world’s first 5G-powered smart logistics park in Beijing in October 2019.

The full report can be downloaded from IGD at the following links:

  • For non-subscribers to IGD: https://bit.ly/3e9It39
  • For subscribers to IGD: https://bit.ly/2Y9GZAF

A more substantive summary of the report from IGD is available here: https://bit.ly/2AJUcan.