Jingdong Mall or simply JingDong, China’s leading E-Commerce and retail infrastructure service provider have recently announced that they are launching a new research center in Xiongan, China. This new research center, named the Urban Smart Logistics Institute has been tasked with developing new technologies that will improve automation and logistics methods in China’s smart cities.
JingDong announced the project on October 18, at 2018 Global Smart Supply Chain Summit in Beijing. Founding members and partners of the research center include Nankkai University, the Institute of Comprehensive Transportation at the National Development and Reform Commission, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing Wuzi University, Shanghai Maritime University, Sinotrans & CSC and Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute. All of these partners will lend their ideas, minds and work ethic to develop new technologies.
The “Urban Smart Logistics Institute” will research new urban ideas and technologies such as urban logistics hubs, urban logistics systems, as well as big data and cloud computing platforms for logistics. Some of JingDong’s early research shows that freight vehicles are one of the largest producers of emissions in urban areas. Further research shows that due to their vast size, freight vehicles take up one third of all road capacity. The Urban Smart Logistics plans to design a more efficient, more space saving and environmentally cleaner way to deliver goods in urban areas. Read This Article for additional information.
One of these solutions is to replace large freight vehicles, with subterranean logistics. The research institute is currently researching subterranean tunnel networks that can be used to deliver freight in place of large trucks. These tunnel networks will reduce emissions, lessen above ground traffic and reduce clutter in the urban landscape.
JingDong is member of the Fortune 500 and is the owner of JD.com is China’s largest online retailer. They sell a wide variety of products from apparel to appliances to electronics to home furnishings and more. They will continue to research and develop advanced, sophisticated, and sustainable solutions for smart cities that will create a more efficient and better future.
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