Chinese B2C e-commerce platform operator JD.com (Nasdaq: JD) is preparing to establish an unmanned convenience store, revealed JD.com VP Weng Zhi in an interview, but an official announcement will come later. The current trend in unmanned convenience stores is more focused on the concept, but JD.com will reportedly propose a practical solution to keep it within the acceptable costs for merchants while also meeting user demand.
JD.com will design a number of different grades of store for different scenarios, such as placing one in a high-end residential community.
Editor's Note: JD.com rival Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) announced last month that it was launching a pilot unmanned coffee shop. For more information on this topic, please see "Update: Alibaba Launches Unmanned Coffee Shop," MD 7/08/17 issue.