Sep 15, 2020|

JD Launches App For Industrial Product Procurement


by Martin Li

JD MRO,’s B2B subsidiary for industrial maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products and services, announced a series of new initiatives today at the ongoing 22nd China International Industry Fair (CIIF) in Shanghai, including an app for procurement of industrial products.

The app is named after VIPMRO, which was acquired by JD MRO earlier this year. It’s aimed at providing a factory-to-business procurement platform, and is expected to connect more than 10,000 quality factories and 100 industrial areas.

JD MRO's exhibits at the 22nd China International Industry Fair (CIIF) in Shanghai

JD MRO’s exhibits at the 22nd China International Industry Fair (CIIF) in Shanghai

JD MRO also unveiled a program to connect offline stores with brands by JD’s digital solution, through which brands can deliver products directly to offline stores while providing related services. JD MRO will provide customized solutions to help offline stores go digital.

“JD MRO is dedicated to building a digitalized ecosystem of industrial products by completing industry infrastructure, connecting industry chain dots by digital means and building an integrated professional service system,” said Chunzheng Song, vice president of and president of JD Business, at today’s launch ceremony.

Standardization is one of those infrastructures, Song noted. Industrial products have complex categories without universal standards, which makes it hard for buyers to find what they need based on product references. Take screw nuts as an example: there are several standards including GB in China, DIN in Germany, JIS in Japan and ASTM in the United States.

In an effort to address this problem, JD MRO also launched a database of industrial product standards. This database won an information technology award at the fair.

In addition to the other initiatives, JR MRO signed a cooperation agreement today with six industrial product service providers to offer services including procurement consultation, product installment and maintenance.

“Increasing digitalization of the industry has largely changed enterprises’ way of management, production and sales,” Song said. “JD MRO will continue innovating solutions to make the industry digitalized and intelligent.”