Rakuten and JD team up for delivery
Monday February 25 2019
Ecommerce giants JD.com and Rakuten have signed a new deal that will see JDs drones and delivery robots utilised in Rakutens delivery solutions in Japan
Under the agreement, JD
will combine its expertise in developing drones and autonomous delivery robots with Rakuten’s expertise in drone delivery service operations in Japan, such as its dedicated shopping apps.
The two companies will collaborate on Rakuten’s lineup of unmanned delivery services to suit a wide range of applications and situations.
Rakuten launched its Rakuten
Drone delivery service in 2016, and has gained experience through providing delivery services and trials in collaboration with corporate partners and local governments.
In 2018, its first delivery trial was conducted using a combination of drones and autonomous delivery robots, a step toward solving the last mile challenge for the logistics sector in Japan.
“We are delighted to begin this collaboration with JD.com, which boasts the most cutting-edge proprietary delivery network in China as well as a track record and know-how in delivery with drones and UGVs,” said Koji Ando, group managing executive officer of Rakuten. “By utilising JD.com’s drones and UGVs with the unmanned delivery solutions created by Rakuten, we hope to accelerate innovation in the Japanese logistics sector and contribute to building a society that can offer greater convenience to all citizens.”
JD.com began developing its drone program in 2015, and launched the world’s first commercial drone deliveries in 2016 in rural China.
Since then, JD’s drones have logged more than 400,000 minutes of flight time.
“We have been using drones and autonomous delivery robots for real deliveries in China for over two years,” said Jun Xiao, president of JD-X, JD’s logistics innovation lab. “This is one way we are innovating to make logistics more accessible, reliable and cost-effective.”
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