China’s largest retailer launches smart delivery stations

The opening of the smart delivery stations comes days before JD attends its first CES

China’s largest retailer launches smart delivery stations. Source: shutterstock.com

China’s largest retailer JD has launched two smart delivery stations in the cities of Changsha and Hohhot, strengthening its autonomous logistics capabilities.

The stations are carrying out R&D, testing and personnel training to solve issues related to last mile delivery. JD’s delivery robots can be loaded with up to 30 parcels before autonomously delivering them within a 5-kilometer radius. The vehicles can plan routes, avoid obstacles and recognize traffic lights. Facial recognition technology enables users to securely collect their parcels. Running at full capacity, the delivery stations, operating with a half-half split between robots and couriers, can deliver up to 2000 packages a day.

The opening of the smart delivery stations comes days before JD attends its first Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada – the world’s largest event for the latest technology, innovation, and creative thinking. Visitors will be able to see how JD uses its drones to deliver consumer goods and medical supplies to remote areas in China, and catch a glimpse of the world’s first fully-automated fulfillment center.

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