Part­ners push to find added value by pool­ing their mas­sive data­base re­source po­ten­tial

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By MA SI masi@chi­

Len­ovo Group Ltd an­nounced on Thurs­day it had teamed up with 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- 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

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