China’s largest retailer, which also features a marketplace for merchants, JD.com, is getting into the delivery business. JD unveiled the latest parcel delivery service at its 2018 Global Smart Supply Chain Summit held in Beijing on October 18th.
JD’s new parcel delivery service will enable its app users users in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to send items locally and throughout mainland China when making purchases. You can read how you can start selling on JD.com as a merchant in this articles from earlier in the year.
The company plans to expand the programme to include high value items like luxury products and high-end consumer electronics, as well as more diverse options based on delivery timing. It also says it aims to eventually make residential and business deliveries for shippers from anywhere to anywhere within mainland China at some point in the future.
JD says it is the only large-scale ecommerce company in the world to operate a nationwide in-house logistics network, down to the last mile. The network, powered by the company’s proprietary supply chain management technology, is able to deliver over 90% of orders same- or next-day, and reaches 99% of China’s population.
We are very excited to launch our new delivery service. This marks the next step in leveraging the nationwide logistics network that JD has built over the past decade, to expand the range of services available to our users. JD.com is known throughout China for the fastest and most reliable delivery, and we are confident that users will appreciate the convenience of this new service.
– Zhenhui Wang, CEO, JD Logistics
It seems that marketplaces getting more closely involved in the delivery business a current trend and it’s one that began with Amazon Fulfilment initiatives. Only this month, eBay revealed that it too would be enabling delivery for merchants: eBay Fulfilment and eBay Shipping launched in Germany.