by Yuchuan Wang
The first smart warehouse of China Southern Power Grid (CSPG) was launched on Nov. 18 in Wenchang, Hainan province, in collaboration with JD Logistics, the logistics arm of JD.com. The application of smart technologies in warehouse management and operations is expected to increase the warehousing capacity by 40%, and operations efficiency by 50%, lowering the labor intensity at the same time.
The warehouse is affiliated to Wenchang Power Plant, which is the largest gas power plant in Hainan province. It spans an area of approximately 1,560 square meters, storing bulky and heavy-weighted items, precision instruments and general items.
Traditionally, warehouse employees went to shelves to pick up specific items, a process that was low in efficiency and tedious for inventory management. The size and weight of goods in the warehouse vary a lot, and heavy-weighted items are difficult to handle This working condition also posed the safety risks to workers.
Now, JD uses stacking machines and AGV robots, together with the upgrade of the warehouse management system, to enable a goods-to-person model. "In the past it required 2 to 4 people to work two days to handle the in and out of goods in the past," said Kai Wu, deputy general manager of Tiaofengtiaopin, a subsidiary of CSPG and the owner of the gas power plant. "With the adoption of smart technologies, a worker can handle that within 1 hour, remotely, by operating the robots."
JD Logistics has provided supply chain solutions for over 200,000 business clients. According to the company's 2021 Q3 earnings, revenues from external customers continue to surpass 50% of the total revenue.
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