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JD autonomous robots reduce coronavirus risk in Wuhan

Steve Rogerson
February 11, 2020



JD Logistics is using autonomous delivery robots in China to reduce human-to-human contact during the coronavirus outbreak. It is testing the last-kilometre delivery at the centre of the virus outbreak in Wuhan.
 
The company is also preparing for drone delivery of medical supplies in China.
 
JD is turning to its technology to reduce human-to-human contact during the coronavirus outbreak while ensuring normal operations of its logistics facilities and last-kilometre delivery. This is part of JD’s larger effort to leverage all of its available resources to provide support to society in this time of need.
 
JD’s automated warehouses are able to work round the clock to meet the demand for daily necessities from Chinese consumers during the Spring Festival, especially now, when online shopping is believed to be the safest way to get goods while protecting from the coronavirus. The number of daily orders processed by these automated warehouses on average has increased from 600,000 to one million between January 24 and February 2.
 
Automated fulfilment centres are also helping the company process incoming orders from across the country. JD operates automated warehouses, which are fulfilment centres that integrate intelligent logistics technologies such as AI, deep learning and image recognition, with over 70 varying degrees of automation, depending on need.
 
JD’s unmanned convenience store offering, the JDX Mart, is also offering consumers in Guilin, Shenzhen and Dongguan a seamless and contactless way to get their everyday convenience store products while reducing the risk of infection. Launched in 2017, the unmanned convenience store enables consumers to enter the store by scanning a code, take the products they want to buy and exit without stopping at any checkout counter to make payment.