On May 30, JD launched the first unmanned convenience supermarket for PLA’s Academy of Armored Forces (陆军装甲并学院). JD and land forces’ logistics unit (陆军后勤部) jointly contribute to the technical support of the supermarket. The business itself will be run by the Academy.

This is not JD’s first move in China’s “military and civil integration (军民融合)” blueprint. With commerce and logistic advantages, the company has actively participated in projects including a contract signed with PLA’s air forces’ logistic unit on October 23, 2017 (in Chinese).

Meanwhile, according to local media (in Chinese), on PLA’s “Military online purchase mall (军队网上采购商城)”, over 60% of the orders are made via JD. The company is now serving over 1,200 military group customers.

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Runhua Zhao

Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com