JD.com's drones to deliver for Rakuten in Japan

Date : 22 February 2019

Chinese ecommerce giant JD.com is partnering with Rakuten on delivery in Japan. JD.com's drones will become a part of Rakuten's own unmanned delivery services.

JD.com's drones

JD.com has been developing and operating drones in China for a few years. It has been expanding in other Asian countries, such as Indonesia, where JD.com completed its first government approved drone flight. Its unmanned delivery vehicles also include driverless trucks.

Rakuten strengthening last-mile delivery

Since 2016, Rakuten has been offering drone delivery in Japan. It said that working with JD.com will “accelerate the development and commercialization” of its autonomous last-mile delivery efforts.


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