JD Logistics has begun 2 automated warehouses in Europe to promote global trade

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JD Logistics has begun operating two automated warehouses in Europe — one in Poland and another in Germany — to serve local clients, with both warehouses starting trial operations in March. Trials on the warehouses, which are poised to provide convenient and rapid fulfilment for clients across Europe, began in March.

The warehouse in Poland is located on Germany’s border and is connected to major highways, airports, and ports in Europe. The warehouse in Germany is located in Frankfurt. JD has integrated a cutting-edge automated ground vehicle system in the warehouses to enhance the picking of items. The system is programmed to read QR codes on the floor to improve route planning and avoid obstacles.

The opening of the two warehouses indicates JD’s commitment to promoting the development of global trade. As of the end of last year, the company operated 32 bonded and overseas warehouses.

Recently JD inked a strategic partnership deal with Chinese E-sports Company, TJ Sports, to explore “e-commerce + e-sports” opportunities. The two plan to work together in nurturing e-sports talent while also building a healthy industry ecosystem.

In a company statement, Stard Huang, head of JD’s international logistics business said the two warehouses can cover the whole European area to provide convenient and rapid fulfillment for clients.

 JD’s warehouse in Poland is located on the border with Germany, only 90 kilometres from Berlin, and is connected to the major highways, airports, and ports in Europe.

Meanwhile, the warehouse in Germany locates in the north of Frankfurt, the largest city in the federated state of Hesse in the southwestern part of the country.

“Through the warehouses in Poland and Germany, we have brought our quality supply chain, logistics, and automation technologies to Europe,” Huang said in a release. “The two warehouses will be set as the examples to be further replicated in other places in the region.”

JD noted that its warehouses are equipped with cutting-edge AGV (automated ground vehicle) systems for both. In particular, The AGV system transforms the picking process, which traditionally would require workers to shuttle in the racks by bringing shelves to the working station.

JD said implementing AGVs is 2.5 times more efficient than manual picking and it can also recognize QR codes on the floor for route planning and help avoid automatic obstacles.

“JD’s international logistics business is committed to promoting the development of global trade and providing integrated supply chain services to industry players,” it said.

As of the end of 2020, JD operated 32 bonded and overseas warehouses with an approximate aggregated floor area of 440,000 square meters. Through collaboration with international and local partners, JD had established international routes that reach more than 220 countries and regions.

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