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JD launches global center for smart supply chain research and innovation

Published 13 March 2018

JD.com is launching an initiative to promote the development of next-generation smart supply chain technologies.

JD’s recently launched Global Supply Chain Innovation Center (GSIC), is designed as an international hub for smart supply chain research and innovation.

The Center will bring together global industry experts, companies, universities and other institutions, and will serve as a platform to share resources, expertise, insights, and technologies, and to work together on research projects focused on new technologies and processes, empowering more enterprises with smart supply chain capabilities. The GSIC will operate across six key international regions – China, Silicon Valley and Chicago in the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, and Australia. 

JD.com’s JD Y business unit head Yu Yongli said: “JD.com has built up an incredible wealth of expertise and experience in supply chain management, including cutting-edge technologies like AI, big data, blockchain and Internet of Things.

“By sharing our resources with leading experts from academia and business, and supporting R&D of emerging technologies, we will empower the GSIC to develop the next generation of smart supply chain infrastructure. These technologies both enhance our own business and enable companies around the world.”

The GSIC will be overseen by an expert committee consisting of esteemed academics in supply chain innovation and management who will be responsible for guiding R&D efforts at the Center and will serve as mentors and advisors. Hau L. Lee, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the Thoma Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, who will serve as the chairman for the GSIC, will lead the GSIC. Other key members of the expert committee include: 

David Simchi-Levi - Professor at MIT; Supply Chain Designer for “Mars on Earth” Project; Former Chief Scientist at ILOG (IBM)

Xiande Zhao - JD.com Chair of Operations and Supply Chain Management; Professor at CEIBS

Yinyu Ye - K. T. Li Chair Professor at Stanford University; Winner of the John von Neumann Theory Prize 

Michiel Steeman - Professor of Supply Chain Finance at the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences; Founder and Chairman of the Supply Chain Finance Community

Benoit Montreuil – Coca-Cola Material Handling & Distribution Chair; Professor and Co-Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology

JD also announced its inaugural operations research algorithm competition, which aims to bring together global experts in the field to foster supply chain innovation.

Source: Company Press Release