Len­ovo teams up with JD to build big data plat­form

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS -

Group sees big role for robotics over­haul its more than 10,000 off­line re­tail stores, in a move to adapt to con­sumers’ chang­ing shop­ping habits.

“Cur­rently, most of them sell only per­sonal com­put­ers. We will turn them into cool re­tail stores which sell a wide range of con­sumer elec­tron­ics,” Liu said.

Len­ovo is step­ping up its in­vest­ments into new tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing AI, in an ef­fort to re­duce its reliance on PCs and re­vive its tum­bling smart­phone busi­ness.

The com­pany said in April that it would pour $1.2 bil­lion into re­search and devel­op­ment of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, the in­ter­net of things and big data over the next four years.

Rui Yong, chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer of Len­ovo, said the com­pany’s edge in big data, com­put­ing power and al­go­rithms could help it stay com­pet­i­tive and rel­e­vant in the AI era.

“We have the largest num­ber of man­u­fac­tur­ing data groups in China. Of the top 500 high-per­for­mance com­put­ers in the world, 91 of them are made and op­er­ated by Len­ovo,” Rui said.

Len­ovo also signed a deal with Chi­nese elec­tric ve­hi­cle startup NIO on Thurs­day to jointly de­velop a com­put­ing plat­form to drive smart driv­ing.

Xiang Li­gang, CEO of tele­com in­dus­try web­site cc­time.com, said Len­ovo could gain a lead in AI, if it could swiftly im­ple­ment its strat­egy and uti­lize its ad­van­tages in in­for­ma­tion in­fra­struc­ture.

suc­cess­fully used drones to de­liver on­line pur­chases to ru­ral shop­pers in Jiangsu prov­ince, kick­ing off the e-com­merce gi­ant’s use of un­manned air­craft for the fi­nal stage of the de­liv­ery process.

In Novem­ber, it com­pleted its first drone de­liv­ery in Xi’an, cap­i­tal of Shaanxi prov­ince, and started us­ing drones reg­u­larly for pack­age de­liv­er­ies in the city on June 18.

The com­pany also used ro­bots and driver­less cars for de­liv­er­ies dur­ing the June 18 shop­ping fes­ti­val. Its in­tel­li­gent lo­gis­tics cen­ter “Asia No 1” and the sort­ing cen­ters which use robotics have gone into oper­a­tion.

Yang Yaqiong, an an­a­lyst at mar­ket con­sul­tancy Anal­y­sis, said: “The to­tal num­ber of JD’s em­ploy­ees will drop and the tal­ent struc­ture will also change as the num­ber of pro­fes­sion­als spe­cial­iz­ing in tech­nol­ogy and big data in­creases, but la­bor-in­ten­sive jobs, such as lo­gis­tics and cus­tomer ser­vices, cor­re­spond­ingly de­crease in num­ber.”

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Yang Yuan­qing, chair­man and CEO of Len­ovo, talks on ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence at an in­no­va­tion con­fer­ence in Shang­hai on Thurs­day.

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