Chinese retail giant JD.com forms alliance to improve supply chain visibility
01 / 08 / 2017
China’s largest retailer JD.com has launched a new cross-border alliance to improve the processes for bringing imported products to China.
The alliance brings together 20 brands, industry authorities and logistics and transportation companies, including Wal-Mart, Huggies, Danone, Sasa, Rakuten, eBay, Kuehne+Nagel, Agility Logistics and the China Inspection and Quarantine Association.
Together they aim to develop an integrated platform through which goods can more easily be tracked through customs clearance into China.
The new initiative is in line with JD.com’s broader efforts to improve traceability across selected SKUs on the site.
"In addition to improving and speeding up the import process, JD.com aims to eventually use the new programme to provide more transparency to Chinese consumers, who are increasingly quality-conscious and want to know that products are from overseas if they are described as being imported," the retailer said.
JD’s more than 236m customers buy fresh foods, consumer goods, baby and maternal products, and other items from overseas.
In July, a one-day promotion of Canadian goods on JD.com led to the sale of over 140,000 live lobsters from Canada, which were delivered in as little as 48 hours.
Sales of imported diapers, wine, home appliances, and many other products are also growing quickly.
During this year’s June 18 sales campaign, JD sold 1,000 tons of baby milk power, and 100 million pieces of diapers on its cross border platform JD Worldwide.
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