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February 21, 2018updated 12 Apr 2021 2:22pm

JD.com logistics financing to enhance smart supply chain

JD.com has entered into definitive financing agreements for its logistics subsidiary in a move that will allow the Chinese e-commerce company to enhance its smart supply chain network.

By Beth Wright

JD.com has entered into definitive financing agreements for its logistics subsidiary in a move that will allow the Chinese e-commerce company to enhance its smart supply chain network.

The investors for the JD Logistics arm include Hillhouse Capital, Sequoia China, China Merchants Group, Tencent, China Life, China Development Bank Capital FOF, China Structural Reform Fund and ICBC International, among others. The total amount raised in this round is expected to be about US$2.5bn.

The financing is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018, subject to customary closing conditions. JD.com will remain the majority shareholder of JD Logistics with an 81.4% stake. 

“Our decision early on to build out our own logistics network has paved the way for JD Logistics to become the industry leader it is today,” says Richard Liu, chairman and CEO of JD.com. “The shift throughout global e-commerce towards our model is vindication of the path we chose. This current funding round sets the stage for us to further invest in expanding our lead in the sector in areas like automation, drones and robotics. JD Logistics will continue to support both JD.com’s e-commerce business and the logistical needs for a wide range of industries for years to come.”

JD.com has been operating its self-owned logistics system since 2007, and established JD Logistics as a stand-alone subsidiary in April 2017. Over the past decade, JD.com has strived to leverage its infrastructure, management experience and expertise to improve the logistics services available in China.

Zhenhui Wang, CEO of JD Logistics, adds: “Over the decade that we have built out our operations, initially to support our own e-commerce business, we have created the most efficient, integrated and user-friendly logistics network in China. This financing will enable JD Logistics to further enhance its smart supply chain network with openness and integration. It is a major step, which will speed up our collaborative efforts with leading industry partners and build China’s next-generation commercial infrastructure ecosystem.”

According to the firm, JD.com is the only company in the world that owns and operates six major logistics networks, including normal-sized items, bulky items, cold chain, B2B, cross-border and crowd-sourced (New Dada), covering over 99% of China’s population.

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