Amazon’s Chinese rival JD.com has partnered with a Hong Kong real estate developer and says it plans to open hundreds of unmanned convenience stores with technology more advanced than Amazon’s, according to reports from Quartz online and China Daily.
Amazon opened a new trial grocery store concept over a year ago but the company hit some unexpected technical challenges, such as paywalls, according to the Wall Street Journal.
JD began testing its unmanned convenience store solution at its headquarters in Beijing in October. It offers a complete solution integrating various smart technologies, such as radio frequency identification devices, facial recognition and image recognition.
JD.com’s real estate partner, China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd. (COLI) plans to incorporate JD’s smart logistics solutions such as autonomous delivery vehicles for last-mile delivery. The vehicles have pre-programmed routes and secure lockers, enabling customers to select a preferred delivery time and location to easily retrieve their purchases.