"Shopify will add a team with decades of experience in fulfillment software and robotics, including experienced leaders from Kiva Systems (now Amazon Robotics)." https://news.shopify.com/shopify-to-acquire-6-river-systems …
A lot of the Chinese e-commerce and logistics explosion was human-driven; cheap hands, many of them, in highly urbanized environments. But companies like JD are going all out on automation implementation & R&D too. https://youtu.be/RFV8IkY52iY
I think JD has displayed even more delivery paradigms than Amazon has at this point. Seems to have really been a strong-suit of theirs; Alibaba and Sunning were playing catchup. https://youtu.be/a8M_CwwgWRs
I have no idea how much of this tech is in the field and active, but I believe they're still claiming that their Shanghai smart warehouse is fulfilling 200,000 orders a day. https://youtu.be/24T14VP5vVs
JD is also going all out on future utopia too, and honestly, it'll probably show up in China in like 3 years. https://youtu.be/XGSl9DCkxvo
Meituan has neat warehouse automation tech for grocery delivery too, and it's integrated with their Autonomous Delivery platform. Most of all Chinese e-commerce companies are ahead of Amazon for last-mile. https://technode.com/2019/06/18/meituan-developing-fully-automated-warehouse-to-power-flash-delivery/ …
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