JD.com or as known by many as Jingdong is planning on opening a research center that shall focus on creating futuristic automation technology that shall be useful in carrying out urban logistics in the Chinese cities.
It will be known as “Urban Logistics Institute” that will participate in planning, developing the top-level designs and creating big data platforms for logistic hubs. Jingdong announced that the founding members for this center includes Jiaotong University, Shanghai Maritime University, Wuzi University to mention few.
According to Jingdong, recent research has established that freight vehicles are creating a big impact on urban traffic emission and they take up a third of the road capacity. More so, the intense urbanization in China is having a negative impact on the environment. It the main cause of pollution and creating other forms of disruptions which are affecting peoples’ lives. Therefore, the institute’s primary objective shall be developing a logistics design for the urban centers to curb further environmental pollution and enhance efficiency in these cities.
The institute will first engage in looking into underground logistic systems and evaluating the use of subterranean tracks and the existing municipal pipe corridors. Jingdong is expectant that such options could assist in preserving the above ground space that is currently occupied by the traditional systems. It would also smoothen out and enhance the efficiency of urban logistics not to disrupt the peoples’ daily lives anymore. Read This Article to learn more.
Jingdong has expressed that smart cities are those that can efficiently utilize their spaces and the available resources. Utilizing the underground space shall be a game changer for the logistics industry in China. Not only will it be the solution to the traffic problem the country is facing, but it will also create a better environment and save the urban space from further congestion.
Jingdong is the only e-commerce company around the globe that operates an in-house logistics network that is capable of making a delivery to the customer’s doorstep. Jingdong operates an automated fulfillment center and is the first retailer to start making drone deliveries. The company holds the belief that propulsion technologies have many benefits to offer the industry. China is a country that is developing very fast, therefore it needs more sustainable urban development options
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