Mary Meeker published the 23rd edition of the annual “Internet Trends Report” on May 31, predicting that China and US will both lead the world’s AI technology in five years.
“Alibaba and JD.com have established offices to compete with Pinduoduo.” said Bin Huang, an e-commerce merchant. Relying on WeChat traffic, Pinduoduo has become a black horse within the e-commerce industry.
Beijing-based media group Caixin Global reported that the list of companies issued China Depositary Receipts (CDR) has been released. The companies include BATJ (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, and JD.com), Ctrip, Sina Weibo, NetEase and Sunny Optical Technology.
On February 23, JD presented its unmanned intelligent distribution station to be used in the National Civil Aerospace Industry Base in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province.
JD Group announced that it has raised $2.5 billion by selling stake in JD Logistics. After the transaction completes, JD Group will hold 81.4 percent of JD Logistics equity.
After a chilling 2016, the capital markets became more rational in 2017. The overall trend remains unclear, but investors seem willing to back projects that show clear rewards. This has led to broad heavy investment, creating more unicorns than previous years.
2017 was a year of great changes in China’s retail industry. New retail methods, new industry definitions, new categories and new technologies emerged.
Richard Liu, founder and CEO of JD.com, said the company plans to challenge Amazon in Europe in 2019 and to spread across the continent within a few years. Liu said the JD.com would launch its ecommerce platform and distribution services in France, then expand to the UK and Germany.
Shares of JD.com hit a record high on Janary 27 after rising steadily since December 2017. The price started at $48.23, broke through the $50 mark and closed at a record high of $50.5 a share.
French President Macron is on a state visit to China. Under his witness, JD.com group signed memorandums of understanding with Business France and the French industrial engineering group Fives.