The largest retailer of China, JD.com announced the completion of the first drone flight in Indonesia. It is an important step for drone delivery in Southeast Asia. Also, the drone operators make it possible for future commercial drone usage in Indonesia and the regions of Southeast Asia, which are subjected to additional regulatory approvals.
Examining the first drone flight
Representatives from Civil Aviation, Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation and Air Navigation were there for the flight. Moreover, the news was announced during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.
The test-flight was held in West Java, Indonesia on January 8, 2019. The drone took off from Jagabita Village, Parung Panjang to MIS Nurul Falah Leles Elementary School to provide backpacks and books to students.
The products delivered to the school by drone includes a huge contribution of things by JD.com. JD has a lengthy history of providing philanthropic support to those in the communities where it works.
The company frequently offers its technology and nationwide logistics network to produce rapid support for natural disasters such as earthquakes in China.
The companies that provide high-quality e-commerce to Indonesia are JD.com with its JV partner, e-commerce company JD.ID. JD.ID, which established e-commerce functioning into action in 2016, sells 1 million SKUs and serves more than 20 million consumers across the country. Its operations leverage a logistics network comprising of ten warehouses across seven islands, covering 483 cities and 6,500 counties.
The country is spread out across many islands. Therefore, the company’s drones are used in e-commerce deliveries, and also for other logistics-related services. This will let the citizens in Indonesia enjoy more effective, reliable services. Additionally, it enables JD.ID realize its objective of being able to complete 85% of orders same or the next day.
JD.ID is also committed to leveraging its logistics and other resources to help human welfare efforts from relieves like earthquake disaster.
Jon Liao, the Chief Strategy Officer at JD.com stated as “It is a benefit to have granted to this significant moment in Indonesia’s history. For over two years now, we have been using drones in China for actual deliveries and have seen the greater influence that technology can bring on people’s lives around the country.
We look forward to running closely with WEF and the Indonesian government to realize the full potential of this technology, and establish more comfort to Indonesian citizens.”
JD.com is a deliberate partner of WEF and a partner of WEF’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The C4IR is a global hub for multi-stakeholder cooperation to improve policy frameworks and boost collaborations that increase the gain of science and technology. WEF and JD have been working closely together to ensure the success of the pilot in Indonesia.