China’s JD.com is one of the world’s leading online retailers, breaking into the Global Fortune 500’s top 100 companies this year. Like Amazon in the U.S., JD recognized the value of a JD delivery drone early on: and the company has trialed using drones to deliver to remote areas.
Since the massive floods hit China last month, the self-developed JD delivery drone has been delivering emergency supplies to Xinxiang, a city in the Henan province. A recent blog post describes how one engineer from JD’s logistics innovation lab went above and beyond the call of duty to respond to the disaster.
Chaokang Liu is a drone engineer working on the development of the JD delivery drone. When the company asked for help with emergency response after the flooding, Liu volunteered immediately. With his luggage and a last-mile delivery drone designed to lift up to about 55 pounds, Liu traveled for 10 hours in a JD Logistics truck to Xinxiang.
The mission was to deliver food for 30…