JD.com Operates Automated Warehouses in Europe

JD.com Operates Automated Warehouses in Europe

by Yuchuan Wang

Stard Huang, head of JD’s international logistics business announced on Apr. 26 that JD has begun operating two highly automated warehouses in Poland and Germany to serve local clients. Both warehouses started trial operations in March.

JD’s warehouse in Poland is located on the border with Germany, only 90 kilometers from Berlin, and is connected to the major highways, airports and ports in Europe. The warehouse in Germany locates in the north of Frankfurt, the largest city in the federated state of Hesse in the south-western part of the country. The two warehouses can cover the whole European area to provide convenient and rapid fulfillment for clients.

The AGV area inside JD’s Poland warehouse

JD also brings its cutting-edge AGV (automated ground vehicle) system to both warehouses. The AGV system transforms the picking process, which traditionally would require workers to shuttle in the racks by bringing shelves to the working station. Implementing AGVs is 2.5 times more efficient than manual picking. They can recognize QR codes on the floor for route planning and automatically obstacle avoidance.

“Through the warehouses in Poland and Germany, we have brought our quality supply chain, logistics and automation technologies to Europe,” said Huang. “The two warehouses will be set as the examples to be further replicated in other places in the region.”

JD’s warehouse in Germany

JD’s international logistics business is committed to promoting the development of global trade and providing integrated supply chain services to industry players. As of the end of 2020, JD operated 32 bonded and overseas warehouses with an approximate aggregated floor area of 440,000 square meters. Through collaboration with international and local partners, JD had established international routes that reach more than 220 countries and regions.

 

(yuchuan.wang@jd.com)

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