Partners push to find added value by pooling their massive database resource potential
Lenovo Group Ltd announced on Thursday it had teamed up with JD.com Inc, China’s second biggest e-commerce player, to build a big data platform, as the two make joint efforts to tap into opportunities brought about by artificial intelligence.
The move is part of Lenovo’s broader push to leverage AI to breathe new life into its PC, smartphone, data center and other hardware businesses.
Lenovo Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing said JD has accumulated huge amounts of e-commerce data from consumers who love buying electronics online, while Lenovo knows how millions of its devices are being used every day.
“When the two types of data are analyzed, they can generate big value, such as predicting exactly how many computers will be in demand next month,” Yang said.
“It can help Lenovo better manage the supply and demand of our products.”
Lenovo and JD said they aim to sell 80 billion yuan ($12.04 billion) worth of consumer elec-
JD.com Inc, China’s secondbiggest e-commerce player, plans to increase its sales 10 times in the next 12 years, but its payroll will remain unchanged or even be reduced, as the tech heavyweight steps up its efforts to use artificial intelligence technology and robots in the delivery sector.
“The first unmanned warehouse will be built before the Singles Day shopping festival on Nov 11 next year,” Liu Qiangdong, JD’s founder and CEO, said at Lenovo Tech World in Shanghai on Thursday.
Liu emphasized JD will make its businesses intelligent in the next 12 years. At present, more than 10,000 of its employees are engaged in technology R&D.
“Robots will play an important role in goods delivery in the future,” he said, adding that the company aims to have around 80,000 employees by that time.
The e-commerce giant has signed a strategic partnership deal with Lenovo to carry out cooperation in big data and AI.
JD has made great efforts to develop drone deliveries, according to Liu. Last year, JD
tronics in three years, up from the 60 billion yuan target they promised last year.
Liu Jun, president of Lenovo’s China unit, said personal computers sales alone would reach 60 billion yuan. Mobile phones will account for 15 billion yuan, with the rest generated from other smart devices such as speakers.
Liu also said Lenovo aims to