Apr 27, 2020|

Richard Liu and Wife Nancy Zhang’s Donation to UK on Its Way


by Yuchuan Wang

On April 25th, medical supplies donated to the United Kingdom by Richard Liu, Chairman and CEO of JD.com and his wife, Nancy Zhang were delivered to the cargo company designated by the United Kingdom government. Prior to this shipment, 3 million face masks were already donated and delivered to the UK earlier this month.

This donation consisting of 50 invasive ventilators, and 600,000 surgical gloves, 8,000 medical safety goggles, and 10,000 protective gowns will be shipped to the UK later this week, and be distributed to six local hospitals via the National Health Service (NHS) of the UK. The six hospitals are Cambridge University Hospital, North West Boroughs Healthcare, Royal Bolton Hospital, Granville House Medical Centre, Bolton Community Practice and Brannam Medical Centre.

Richard Liu and Nancy Zhang’s donation at a JD warehouse in Beijing in preparation for transport

Richard Liu and Nancy Zhang’s donation at a JD warehouse in Beijing in preparation for transport

Professor Christoph Loch, Director of Cambridge Judge Business School said, “We are hugely grateful to our current MBA student Nancy Zhang, and Richard Liu and JD.com for the friendship, generosity and support.”

All medical supplies donated to the UK from JD.com were made in China. “JD has provided remarkable home-delivery service with icing-on-the-cake quality,” said Nancy Zhang, who is also the honorary chair of JD Foundation, “more importantly, now we provide timely help not only to people in China, but also to people in the UK, where I am happy to be a student.”

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, JD.com has allocated more than RMB 1.5 billion yuan in resources to aid the fight against the epidemic, and supplied 220 million products to its consumers thanks to the company’s nationwide logistics network. With its integrated global supply chain and logistics network which includes 1,000 cross-border routes and overseas warehouses in countries such as the UK, JD is able to quickly purchase and deploy a large number of relief materials to meet needs abroad.

Nasdaq-listed e-commerce giant JD.com is the largest retailer of China, online or offline. In January 2018, the company announced a plan to help British companies access the Chinese market via JD, and committed to selling£2 billion pounds worth of UK goods to Chinese consumers. Products from the UK brands such as Dyson, Johnnie Walker, Clarks and Lipton are popular among consumers on JD.

In 2017, JD partnered with the UK’s Farfetch, the leading global e-commerce platform for the fashion industry, to bring more niche brands from around the world to Chinese consumers. It further enhanced that partnership in February 2019. The company has also partnered with the British Fashion Council (BFC)/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund to help the BFC deepen its engagement with the Chinese market.