JDL is the delivery arm of JD.com, China’s second-largest e-commerce company after Alibaba. Starting out as the in-house unit, it began selling its services to third parties in 2017 in a bid to profit from the wider revolution in e-commerce. It now controls 800 warehouses around China and employs over 240,000 staff.

JDL’s parent put out a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange in February 2021 indicating that plans to list the delivery unit this year are well advanced. The proceeds of the IPO will be ploughed into improving JDL’s international network, increasing automation across its existing warehousing and bolstering key initiatives like cold-chain distribution of fresh food and pharmaceuticals, the company said.

Here’s a report on how JDL widened its horizons to new customers in 2018.

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