JD.Com Brings the Future of Shopping to CES
As big name brands and retailers show up at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Eureka Park, Las Vegas, they’ll be accompanied by a newcomer that’s been making waves on the other side of the world. Chinese retailer JD.com is making debut at CES 2019 to show off their command over logistics and robust data solutions, and argue that they hold the key to the future of retail.
JD.com is talking to consumers and business partners alike, extending tech to extend the power of retail no matter if it takes plane in person or online. That means showing off new methods of shopping in virtual and augmented reality.
One of these tech developments was showcased in Changsha and Hohhot before heading out to Las Vegas.
A fleet of autonomous delivery stations made the rounds in either city, driving on their own to deliver 30 parcels a piece. Their travel was restricted to a five-kilometer radius, partly to complete a research and development trial, adding more data for JD.com to analyze and perfect the technology for wide distribution. But preliminary estimates suggest that the autonomous delivery stations will be able to move at least 2,000 packages each per day.
While these tech developments will certainly help the business, the company sees these advancements as the first step in changing consumption the world over, even affecting how major cities will operate.
For those in attendance at CES this year, they’ll be able to see firsthand just how far the tech really has gone. And get a sense for what shoppers will be capable of doing on their own in the future.
The JD.com booth is where attendees will be able to get personal with robots and drones. They’ll also get the chance to go shopping in VR and AR. Then there are Internet of Things applications connecting household appliances and smart cars to mobile platforms people will be able to test. But perhaps the least expected item on display will be exoskeletons used by warehouse workers for JD.com, which will also be available for testing.
Chief Technology Officer, Chen Zhang, discussed the company’s interest in becoming a global retailer. With more than 300 million active users on their site, JD.com is looking to use their tech as incentive to reach out to more interested partner, making their plans for Retail as a Service an actuality for consumers no matter where they might be.
JD.com can be found at Booth #30329 in South Hall 3 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.