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JD launches smart logistics centre in northwest China

China’s online retailer giant JD launched operation of its “Asia No.1” smart logistics centre after trial runs in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.

With floor space of nearly 300,000 square meters, the warehouse facility in the city of Xi’an, can sort half a million packages a day on average. It is one of the largest logistics centres in northwest China. Smart technologies from automated sorting to unmanned warehousing were employed in the highly automated warehouse, said Shi Xingyi with JD Logistics.

The logistics centre is expected to solve problems and improve logistics capacity in northwest China. It will also cooperate with “Asia No.1” centres in other Chinese cities to help handle the surging number of parcels in the country, the company said. JD operates 23 “Asia No.1” logistics centres nationwide, with plans to build new ones in more than 30 major cities across the country in five years.

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