Zebra Technologies Launches Joint Lab with JD.com and Digital China

IoT + E-commerce Logistics Lab to drive development of next-generation logistics solutions to increase operational visibility and raise productivity

BEIJING, CHINA – February 24, 2017 – 
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a global leader in providing solutions and services that give enterprises real-time visibility into their operations, has entered an agreement with Jingdong Group (JD.com, NASDAQ: JD) and Digital China to develop a joint laboratory to conduct research and development in the Internet of Things (IOT) and e-commerce logistics.

The tripartite agreement was signed by Eddie Wu, general manager of Zebra Technologies, Greater China; Bing Fu, vice president of Jingdong Group and head of logistics planning and development at Jingdong Mall; Bin Zhu, associate president of Digital China, and Jun Yan, general manager of loT at Digital China.


  • The establishment of the “IoT + E-commerce Logistics Lab” at JD.com’s pilot warehouse in Beijing’s Shunyi district marks another milestone in the alliance. Zebra and its channel partner, Digital China have been providing JD.com with innovative transport and logistics solutions, including barcode printers, mobile devices and barcode scanners in its warehouses and order fulfillment chain to give them real-time visibility into their operations.
  • The joint research lab is established under a shared vision of creating a practical scientific research platform to bring together the best practices, resources and talents in logistics management, data collection, mobile computing, machine vision, cloud computing and IoT. The R&D facility will enable the alliance to carry out research and development, prototype implementation, test and evaluation, and application demonstrations, leading to the development of next-generation logistics solutions.
  • The output will enable JD.com to harness innovative technologies and solutions further boost its capabilities in logistics services as well as increase enterprise efficiency and productivity, which will continue to improve the retail experience for customers. The key areas of research and development for 2017 aim to help JD.com improve the productivity of its current picking and packaging operations using mobile devices; increase the visibility of the tens of thousands of trays and cage trolleys used in JD.com’s operations; and to seek potential of applications of machine vision and data analytics in the logistics industry.

Supporting Quotes
Bing Fu, Vice President, Jingdong Group and Head of Logistics Planning and Development,  Jingdong Mall
 “For more than a decade, JD.com has continuously invested in logistics technologies and accumulated rich experiences in technology operations and management, collaborating long-term with leading companies in the industry, such as Zebra Technologies and Digital China. We look forward to the potential of this lab with Zebra and Digital China and share breakthrough technologies in the logistics field to achieve win-win outcomes.”

Bin Zhu, Associate President, Digital China
"We began our exploration and research into the Internet of Things industry in 2004, and have accumulated outstanding capabilities to provide technologies and solutions for the industry. With over 3,000 partners in the IoT space, we are able to provide comprehensive technologies, solutions and services for coding, tagging and identification, locationing and sensing, transmission, analytics and visibility, and cloud. The establishment of this ‘IoT + E-commerce Logistics Lab’ embodies JD.com, Zebra and Digital China’s shared strategic vision in IoT, and will contribute to the development of intelligent logistics industry.”

Eddie Wu, General Manager, Greater China, Zebra Technologies Asia-Pacific
“Zebra is committed to innovation and development, including in IoT and solutions to help organizations harness the three megatrends of IoT, cloud computing and mobility. This will enable enterprises to gain greater visibility into their operations and real-time actionable insights to make smarter business decisions. We aim to continue our commitment in innovating with our partners and customers to develop technologies and solutions that will help make organizations as smart and connected as the world we live in. Together with JD.com and Digital China, we look forward to the results that will make a positive impact on the logistics industry.”

About Zebra
With the unparalleled visibility Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) provides, enterprises become as smart and connected as the world we live in. Real-time information – gleaned from visionary solutions including hardware, software and services – gives organizations the competitive edge they need to simplify operations, know more about their businesses and customers, and empower their mobile workers to succeed in today’s data-centric world. For more information, visit www.zebra.com or sign up for our news alerts. Follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.

About Jingdong Group (JD.com)
As China’s largest e-commerce platform by revenue, JD.com offers a world-class set of online retail services to its legion of 200 million users JD.com was listed on the NASDAQ in May 2014 in the exchange's biggest floatation of that year.  As a technology-driven company, JD.com has been focused on developing a robust and scalable platform that supports the company’s rapid growth and provides cutting-edge technology and services to its partners and customers. JD.com established its own logistics unit in 2007 and is now one of the largest logistics service providers in China with seven intelligent logistics center, 254 large-scale warehouses, 5.5 million square meters of warehousing facilities, and 6,780 distribution and pick-up stations.

About Digital China Group (Digital China)
Digital China Group spun off from Digital China Holdings in 2015 and was successfully listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (000034.SZ) in 2016. Digital China is committed in fully leveraging new technologies such as the Internet, cloud computing and big data to provide China's vast user base with end-to-end solutions and services, with the vision to create the largest IT ecosystem in the country. Digital China has also been championing the creation of platforms for product sharing, technology aggregation, innovation and collaboration, capital docking to tap into the strength of its partner ecosystem. With over 3,000 channel partners and 13 years’ experience in the Internet of Things, Digital China provides comprehensive technology, solutions and services for coding, tagging and identification, locationing and sensing, networking, analytics and visibility, and cloud.

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