Wal-Mart, JD.com plan China projects

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — Rob­bie Neiswanger

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is ex­pand­ing its part­ner­ship with on­line re­tailer JD.com, an­nounc­ing ini­tia­tives the Ben­tonville re­tailer be­lieves will fur­ther boost its busi­ness in China.

Wal-Mart and JD.com will in­te­grate their in­ven­tory man­age­ment in an ef­fort to im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of de­liv­er­ies to Chi­nese cus­tomers. When a cus­tomer or­ders an item on­line, JD.com’s or­der man­age­ment sys­tem will an­a­lyze data from both com­pa­nies to de­ter­mine whether a JD.com ware­house or a Wal-Mart store is closer to the cus­tomer and will dis­patch a courier ac­cord­ingly, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The pi­lot will be­gin in six cities: Bei­jing, Shang­hai, Guangzhou, Shen­zhen, Chengdu and Wuhan.

In ad­di­tion, JD.com is set­ting up a JD Home store that will sell elec­tronic prod­ucts in­side a Wal-Mart store in Shen­zhen. JD.com also is es­tab­lish­ing JD pickup sta­tions in Wal-Mart stores.

Wal-Mart’s part­ner­ship with JD.com be­gan in June 2016 when Wal-Mart sold Yi­hao­dian, its Chi­nese ecom­merce busi­ness, to the on­line re­tailer. Wal-Mart owns a 12.1 per­cent stake in JD.com.

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