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Intellectual Technology to Be Standard in Express Industry

A few days ago, JD. COM Logistics Kunshan Unmanned Sorting Center, the first sorting center that implements unmanned sorting during the whole working process around the world, was completed and put into service successfully. Two months ago at the 2017 China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS), JD Intelligent Logistics Innovation project was just listed as a demonstration case of science and technology innovation service.


Supported by JD’s self-developed equipment management and control system, this sorting center has a 100% coverage fraction of automation equipment, a 9,000-unit-per-hour sorting capacity, a 3,000-unit-per-hour automatic packing capacity and efficiency three times higher than what it used to be. In China, this is the first sorting center where AGVs conduct the loading and unloading operations before and after sorting.


Similarly, constructed by Cainiao Network, China’s largest robotic warehouse was put into operation on August 2nd in Huiyang City, Guangdong Province. Unlike some previous intelligent warehouses with only dozens of transport robots, there are more than 100 robots here working corporately or independently, which is said to represent the highest level of China’s robotic warehouses. Here, a single AGV robot looks like a robotic vacuum cleaner. In this warehouse, more than 100 robots like that can undertake different sorting tasks independently or cooperate on the same one. One single robot can rotate flexibly with a 250kg load capacity. When assisted by robots, a sorter is able to fulfill at least three times tasks more than what a traditional counterpart could do without assistance within an hour.


As intellectual technology spreads more and more broadly in express industry, intelligent robot sorting is becoming a standard of this sector. According to the statistics, it has been regular and consistent that the everyday amount of parcel delivery exceeds 100 million since the second quarter of this year in China. China’s parcel delivery maintains an average 50% annual growth for 5 years in a row, increasing from less than 5.7 billion in 2012 to 31.28 billion in 2016. Globally, China has also taken the first place in the size of the express market since 2014.


The announcement released by State Post Bureau of the People’s Republic of China shows that the satisfaction score of the Chinese express service has been going up for 5 years continuously from 68.9 points to 74.7 points. In the first half of this year, the amount of parcel delivery was 17.32 billion nationwide, increasing by 30.7% year on year, and 96.6% relevant customer complaints have satisfactory results, up by 0.7% year on year. In the first six months of this year, Guangdong Province took up 25% of the total amount of China’s parcel deliveries, hitting 4.413 billion, a year-on-year increase of 35%.


As is mentioned by Mr. Feng Lihu, Director of Department of Market Supervision of the State Post Bureau, against the backdrop of a soaring express industry, the timeliness of China’s express service keeps a steady improvement. Figures show that the time it takes for parcel deliveries range from 58 to 60 hours and the punctuality rate of parcel delivery within 72 hours went up from 72.4% in 2012 to 75.53% in 2016. 84.62% packages can be delivered within 48 hours in a distance shorter than 1,000 kilometers.


Examples of Chinese Double 11 shopping carnivals of the past years demonstrate that it took 9 days in 2013, 6 days in 2014, 4 days in 2015 and 3.5 days in 2016 to deliver 100 million packages.