JD.com, a Chinese e-commerce company, announced that it is opening up a logistics network that will offer parcel delivery services across the country.The company has enabled the users of its app in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai to send parcels around the cities and even across the whole country. The JD’s new parcel service will see the company utilize its sophisticated technology and infrastructure to give its customers even more diverse services than it is currently offering in its an e-commerce platforms. It will also open up its infrastructure to other businesses, shippers and industries.
JD.com is planning to extend the new parcel service to cover sending and delivery of luxury items, high-end consumer electronics and other high value products. It is also working to enable both residential and business deliveries for customers around China.In a statement, Zhenhui Wang, JD Logistics CEO, said that the launch of the logistics is a big step towards utilizing the infrastructure the company has built over the years to offer a variety of services to their users.According to Jingdong data, the services will be majorly used by urban professionals who are in need of quick as well as reliable delivery. According to a recent survey, 74% of participants had a dire desire for same day, high-quality intra-city delivery service.
The service is still in its experimental stage and JD Logistics is figuring out the best way for customers to request pickups. It is doing that through user trials. Apparently, pickup requests are not limited to JD.com app users only. Customers can also request pickups through a JD Delivery program jdcom in WeChat as well as a JD “Delivery Team” in WeChat account. JD partnered with Tencent to offer the JD Delivery mini program in WeChat where shippers can request pickups. In addition, Tencent is in-charge of the JD Delivery mini program’s operation.In a statement, the company said that JD operates a countrywide sophisticated in-house logistics network capable of handling same day or next day order deliveries. Over 90% of orders can be delivered on the same or next day. This venture will make the company’s presence in China be felt even more.