JD.com is ahead of Amazon on drones
According to Vox.com, the JD drones started flying last year, and the company is already planning to massively expand the size of the fleet and number of delivery routes.
In the northwestern province of Shaanxi, JD.com has just gotten sign-off from the government to roll out heavy-load drones that can carry a payload weighing more than a ton.
According to Vox, drones are not the only realm in which JD.com appears to have surpassed Amazon. The company claims to have built the fastest delivery system in the e-commerce world, and says 92 percent of the orders placed by their 200 million-plus users are delivered on either the day they were placed or the following day.
Meanwhile, Amazon is busy trying to improve its delivery services.
Amazon has reportedly received a patent for a shipping label that includes a built-in parachute, “to enable the delivery of packages by [unpiloted] aerial vehicles (UAVs) or other aerial vehicles.” The patent, as reported by GeekWire, was filed in August 2015 and granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office in late May.
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