The first JD.com drone delivery pilot in Indonesia has launched, opening the doors to the future use of drones as a delivery tool.
The drone delivery trial presents an opportunity for commercial drone use in Indonesia and the Southeast Asia region, subject to further regulatory approvals.
The marketplace announced yesterday that they have completed their inaugural “government-approved” drone delivery in the country on 8 January. The test flight delivered backpacks and books over 250km to primary school children in a Jagabita Village. The items delivered by drone were part of larger philanthropic support of supplies from JD.com to the school.
JD.com aims to use drone delivery to reach villages with poor road conditions which make traditional vehicle deliveries challenging and slow.
“It is a privilege to have contributed to this important moment in Indonesia’s history. We have been using drones for real deliveries in China for over two years now, and have seen the profound impact that the technology can have on people’s lives around the country. We look forward to working closely with WEF and the Indonesian government to realise the full potential of this technology, and provide more convenience to Indonesian citizens.”
-Jon Liao, chief strategy officer at JD.com
JD.com and their JV partner, ecommerce company JD.ID are working together to deliver goods to Indonesia. JD.ID, which launched ecommerce operations in 2016, sells 1m stock keeping units (SKUs) and serves more than 20m consumers across the country. Their operations leverage a logistics network consisting of ten warehouses across seven islands, covering 483 cities and 6,500 counties. Given the fact that the country is spread out across many islands, the implementation of drones for regular use in ecommerce deliveries, as well as other logistics-related services, says JD.com, will enable residents in Indonesia to enjoy more efficient and reliable services.
“This trial represents the first government-approved drone delivery operation in Indonesian history. Airspace at the World Economic Forum. “These tests are an opportunity for Indonesia to become a leader in the Southeast Asia region by leveraging drone delivery to improve access to vital medical, humanitarian, and commercial goods in remote areas.”
-Timothy Reuter, head of drones and Tomorrow’s Airspace at the World Economic Forum