Chinese online retail giant JD.com has announced the launch of “JD Blockchain Open Platform,” a blockchain technology platform that aims to help enterprise clients who don’t have the capabilities necessary to develop their own blockchain applications. The open platform houses an app store which gives enterprises easier access to blockchain bottom layers, tools, and software. The new platform is part of the retailer’s latest Retail as a Service (RaaS) push, in which the company is offering its technology to other companies outside of the JD ecosystem.

According to the company’s press release, the platform “enables customers to create and adjust smart contracts on public and private enterprise clouds with ease.” The company claims that the technology can help enterprises streamline their operations such as tracking and tracing their goods, transaction settlements, digital copyrights among others.

“JD Blockchain Open Platform is a culmination of the expertise and experience in blockchain technology that we initially developed for our own operations,” said Jian Pei, head of big data and smart supply chain at JD.com.

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Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.