On the 2nd of March 2017, JD.Com, the largest online retailer in China launched its JD Supply Chain College at the JD Smart Supply Chain Strategy Conference in Beijing. Over the past years JD.com developed a highly automated and advanced logistics and warehousing network to enhance its supply chain capabilities. The launching of the Supply Chain College shows that JD.com has ambitions to become a benchmark in supply chain excellence, and lead the trend of ‘Intelligent Retailing’ in the future.
Launching JD Supply Chain College
One of the highlights of this launching event was that JD.com will fulfill their great ambitions together with strategic partners. As one of the leading organizations which has the most advanced supply chain expertise, The Value Chain Academy (TVCA) was invited as one of the three strategic knowledge partners to support JD.com in making this initiative a great success.
The cooperation with TVCA started in 2016 when teams from JD.com participated in the local Chinese The Fresh Connection competition. After winning the Chinese final they also participated with two teams in the global final in Miami in September 2016 where they competed with the best supply chain teams from all over the world.
Alfons Willemsen keynote speaker
Alfons Willemsen, the CEO of TVCA, was a keynote speaker at the JD Smart Supply Chain Strategy Conference. In his speech ‘Supply Chain Talent Training in the New Era’ he elaborated on developments in the supply chain world and more specifically in China. He gave examples how new innovative ways of learning help to accelerate the development of supply chain talent.
The launching of JD Supply Chain College together with TVCA and the other advanced supply chain management institutes shows that building up a supply chain knowledge base and developing a well aligned supply chain team will play a more important role in JD.com for the future and this will enable this great company to take their business to the next level.
We believe the journey of JD.com and The Value Chain Academy will continue as a fruitful cooperation.
JD.com is China’s largest online retailer and its biggest overall retailer, as well as the country’s biggest Internet company by revenue. The company strives to offer consumers the best online shopping experience. Through its user-friendly website, native mobile apps, and WeChat and Mobile QQ entry points, JD offers consumers a superior shopping experience. The company has the largest fulfillment infrastructure of any e-commerce company in China. As of December 31, 2016, JD.com operated 7 fulfillment centers and 256 warehouses, and in total of 6,906 delivery stations and pickup stations in 2,655 counties and districts across China, staffed by its own employees. Its unrivalled nationwide fulfillment network provides standard same- and next-day delivery covering a population of more than 600 million – a level of service and speed that is unmatched globally.JD.com is a member of the NASDAQ100 and a Fortune Global 500 company.