The majority of the pandemic is behind us; however, many places are still feeling the effects of the virus. Hong Kong is one of those places. Densely populated, Hong Kong is home to over 7 million people.
JD.com, under the leadership of Richard Liu, has been using its supply chain infrastructure to give back to the country it calls home. The company has been doing everything they can to aid in the prevention and control of the virus. They've also made a few donations to locations outside of China including South America.
Now, in coordination with the Hong Kong Community Anti-Coronavirus Link, JD.com and Richard Liu are giving even more funding for relief. As the COVID-19 pandemic enters the stage of endemic in many countries, people are still worried in some cities. This relief will go a long way in keeping medical works supplied and decreasing the spread of the virus. In total, these supplies totaled RMB 100 million yuan.
The first batch of supplies arrived in mid-February and contained over 6,000 boxes filled with masks, gloves, and sanitizer. The supplies were shipped from various JD warehouses and arrived via Shenzhen.
This isn't the last of the supplies either. More and more boxes of materials are expected to be shipped as the months progress. As the supplies come in, the Hong Kong Community Anti-Coronavirus Link will handle the distribution. The anti-coronavirus organization thanked JD and Mr. Liu in a formal statement, commending them on their concern and support.
In addition to providing communities with much needed medical supplies. JD also streamlined their purchasing process in their App. There is now a special shopping portal for Hong Kong customers that provides discounts and free delivery on some products. They also launched a free consultation service online that works to provide residents of Hong Kong with useful medical advice.
More About JD.com
Richard Liu's company JD is the leading e-commerce company in China. Think of them as what Amazon is in the United States. It's headquartered in Beijing, and it started as an electronics store in 1998. During the SARs epidemic, much like the COVID crisis of today, storefronts were forced to close their doors as a way to help slow the spread of the virus. The company went through a few name changes and business plans before settling into their current name. Briefly, the company was called 360buy.com and sold books, CDs, DVDs, and other medial. It wasn't until late 2012 when they were renamed as JD.
Liu decided to take his company online at this moment. It was the only way he could avoid going under. He continued to operate his electronics shop online, eventually branching out to include other products. Now, everything from food to furniture, to household supplies can be purchased on the website.
Richard Liu has maintained JD as an e-commerce giant through innovation and use of new technology. The company has the biggest drone delivery system in the world, even surpassing Amazon. The company also revealed their newest autonomous truck recently. They intend to add to their robotic delivery system by employing driverless transport in the near future.