JD.com, or as known by many as Jingdong Mall, is currently China’s largest online retailer. On the other hand, Rakuten, Inc. is a renowned global innovation company in the field of e-commerce. Recently, these two firms signed an agreement. Details of the agreement reveal that drones and autonomous delivery robots owned by Jingdong will be utilized for Rakuten’s unmanned delivery solutions. These autonomous bots will be used in Japan.
Under this agreement, Jingdong will combine its specialization in developing drones and autonomous delivery bots with Rakuten’s understanding of drone delivery operations in Japan. The two companies will combine the knowledge of their respective fields on Rakuten’s planned lineup of autonomous delivery services to offer a wide range of applications and situations.
Rakuten has been in the business of drone delivery since 2016 when the service was launched. Since the inception of the drone delivery service, Rakuten has gained significant experience through trials and the provision of its services in collaboration with corporate clients and the local government. In 2018, Rakuten had its first delivery trial using a combination of autonomous delivery robots and drones, this being a significant step in solving Japan’s last mile challenge in the logistics sector. Visit This Page for additional information about the company.
Jingdong started developing its drone program in 2015 then launched the world’s first commercial drone delivery service in 2016. Jingdong’s first commercial delivery took place in rural China. Currently, Jingdong has logged more than 400,000 minutes of flight time. Early this year (January 2019) JD.com announced the success of the first government-approved drone test flight carried out in Indonesia. The success of the test flight opened commercial drone use in Southeast Asia and Indonesia.
In China, the use of autonomous delivery robots and drones are increasingly becoming popular in urban areas and cities. Sights of the autonomous delivery services in action are frequent in office parks and numerous university campuses. Jingdong has additionally launched two smart autonomous delivery stations in the cities of Hohhot and Changsha.
The launch of these stations has transformed the last-mile logistics while further increasing the delivery speeds for clients. JD.com’s partnership with Rakuten is aimed at commercialization of Rakuten’s autonomous and unmanned delivery solutions in Japan.