JD.com: Innovating the worlds logistics system

China is becoming more urbanized by the decade, however, along with the economic prosperity that comes with this boom also introduces the problematic situation of overcrowded streets and a harmful gathering of pollutants in the air, all affecting the daily livelihood of the people of China. Elon Musk, founder of the Tesla presented the idea of having in America an underground system for freight transport, a bold but potential necessary system for the near future. The obstacles are steep and the logistics of just beginning the project pose a hurdle, in addition, the acceptance of the underground logistics will be another beast to face when the time comes to present it to the country.

JD.com, China’s largest retailer has announced a similar venture this year at the 2018 Global Smart Supply Chain Summit in Beijing. JD.com is no stranger to the field of innovation. JD.com operates some of the first unman convenience stores in the country along with the implementation of self-sustained distribution warehouses and robotic delivery systems. This would be a sub-feature to the larger pursuit of establishing an Urban Smart Logistic Institue run by some of the top universities in China such as the Beijing Wuzi University and Shanghai Maritime University.

The first sector of this plan to be researched is to determine if present subterranean tracks and underground corridors can sustain the type of logistic system JD.com is planning to implement.The goal here is similar to that of Elon Musk’s vision of an underground logistics corridor in where JD.com is seeking to increase efficiency in their delivery services in addition to decreasing the impact of their a logistical systems that cause harm to the environment, which leads to it becoming a nuisance on the citizens. Many highly respected professors have hailed the ideas as innovative and much needed if the progression of China is to continue.