Oct 13, 2022|

JD.com and Tyson Build Automated Cold Chain Warehouse in China


by Yuchuan Wang

JD Logistics (JDL) and Tyson China unveiled a jointly-established automated cold chain warehouse in Rizhao, Shandong province on October 8. The project enables maximized storage and highly efficient operations powered by software and hardware systems, at the temperature of -18℃.

Such automated cold chain warehouses will also be put into use in Tyson China’s smart factories in Xiaogan, Hubei province and Nantong, Jiangsu province.

The Rizhao warehouse leverages a 17.8-meter high AS/RS (automated storage and retrieval system), with double extensor stacker, pallet-type conveyor, AGVs and four-way shuttles. Using RFID information labeling system, it can greatly improve operations efficiency while lowering costs.

JDL and Tyson also designed shelves with different heights to store various products to fully utilize the warehouse space. JDL provides the warehouse management system (WMS) and warehouse control system (WCS) to Tyson, which manages inventory delicately and accurately.

The digital warehousing planning and distributed inventory system enables Tyson to place its products in the nearest warehouses to its clients and consumers, in order to flexibly match their needs. At the same time, the application of the big data-enabled replenishment model can reduce logistics costs while improving the inventory turnover.

In the future, the two parties will carry out in-depth cooperation in supply chain planning, cold chain logistics, retail and more, and facilitate Tyson China to lower the end-to-end supply chain costs, better understand consumers’ needs and contribute to an optimized upgrade of the food supply chain industry.