Sep 25, 2023| JD Industrials
Volkswagen Group China Partners with JD Industrials for Digital Transformation of MRO Procurement
by Vivian Yang
Volkswagen Group China and JD Industrials recently inked a strategic partnership to digitally transform the MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Operations) procurement process for Volkswagen in China. By leveraging JD Industrials’ advanced digital solutions, the initiative aims to bolster efficiency, streamline operations, and achieve cost reductions in Volkswagen’s procurement processes.
Having been a steadfast partner in China’s automotive landscape for nearly four decades, Volkswagen Group has built a comprehensive supply chain ecosystem within the country. The newly minted agreement integrates JD Industrials’ “full-chain solution,” designed to provide a seamless, one-stop online MRO procurement and digital management service for Volkswagen—from materials matching to order execution and financial settlement.
JD Industrials’ intelligent digital procurement platform enables precise analysis of MRO inventory metrics. This empowers Volkswagen with data-driven insights that optimize inventory management, minimize costs, and inform strategic decision-making.
Initially, the partnership will encompass seven entities of Volkswagen Group China, incorporating a vast array of over 14,000 SKUs in various MRO categories, ranging from advanced automotive testing tools to personal protective equipment and office essentials.
Alfonso Sancha, Executive Vice President of Volkswagen Group China responsible for Purchasing, said: “As the automotive industry undergoes a rapid transformation, procurement is a significant pillar to secure the Group’s strategic success. Volkswagen Group China is committed to transforming procurement in order to fulfill local demands with innovative local solutions, while supporting the Group’s development ‘in China, for China’.”
Chen Esheng, Vice President of JD.com and General Manager of JD Industrials KA division, said, “The automotive industry, with its rich century-long history, stands as a pillar of modern manufacturing. Given its intricate supply chain complexities, incremental digitalization is insufficient for achieving true cost-efficiency. JD Industrials remains committed to delivering tailored supply chain solutions for the automotive sector.”
“Together with our partners, our vision is to create a resilient, cross-industry digital infrastructure that accommodates a wide range of materials. This will enable seamless data exchange and reduce the physical movement of goods, paving the way for a more efficient and sustainable future,” Chen added.
Sep 21, 2023| JD Retail
JD.com’s Agricultural Specialties Shopping Festival Records Impressive Sales, Emphasizing Quality Delivery
by Vivian Yang
JD.com held a grand ceremony of its Agricultural Specialties Shopping Festival on September 19th, which coincides with the 2023 China National Harvest Festival. Now in its second year, JD.com’s Agricultural Specialties Festival, which commenced on September 1st and continues for one month, has witnessed soaring sales across diverse agricultural products.
For example, a staggering 668 tons of crabs, sourced from 12 distinct lake regions, found eager buyers. Highlighting the efficiency of JD’s supply chain and logistics infrastructure, crabs from Suqian, Jiangsu, traveled over 2,000 kilometers, reaching a customer in Kunming, Yunnan, within just 23 hours. Furthermore, over 50,000 shoppers ordered more than 400,000 Laiyang pears from Shandong. In a single day, sales exceeded 5,800 matsutakes from Tibet, and, to date, over five tons of Yunnan macadamia nuts have been sold.
JD.com’s “10 billion yuan subsidy” initiative boosts the sales of superior agricultural products at competitive prices. This endeavor features sought-after products, including Laiyang pears from Shandong, Hui Li pomegranates from Sichuan, Yangcheng Lake hairy crabs, and Sunite mutton, resulting in collaborative ventures with over 2,000 industrial belts. This guarantees consumers direct access to the finest agricultural products, much to the satisfaction of farmers who’ve observed rising sales.
Pioneering a novel ‘direct-from-source’ delivery model, JD.com, backed by its cutting-edge digitized supply chain, eliminates middlemen, ensuring high-quality agricultural goods journey directly from farm to table. JD Retail’s stringent quality assurance and batch inspections underline the company’s commitment to product excellence.
A dedicated sea cucumber cultivation and supply base for JD Retail
In collaboration with JD Logistics, JD Retail offers an assurance: compensation for any compromised produce, ensuring a comprehensive, trustworthy post-sales experience during the festival.
At the launch, Xin Lijun, the CEO of JD Retail, highlighted JD’s decade-long dedication to refining its digital supply chain, optimizing production, endorsing esteemed brands, and advancing industrial digitalization. This holistic approach has rejuvenated modern agriculture, presenting superior agricultural goods to broad markets, thereby amplifying their intrinsic value. JD’s expansive supply chain fosters consumption equity between urban and rural markets, ensuring that even the most isolated regions enjoy premium products, fair prices, and unmatched services. Additionally, JD’s infrastructural strides have sparked quality job opportunities in rural areas, cultivating local talent through strategic industrial partnerships, entrepreneurial guidance, and skill-based training.
In recent years, JD.com has established a number of “Benfu villages” (or “March to Rich villages”) nationwide, supporting millions of farmers to increase their income by leveraging local agricultural specialties. This June, JD.com surpassed its ambitious three-year goal, generating over one trillion yuan in rural output, well before the anticipated timeline.
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