When Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk revealed his plan to create subterranean tunnels for transportation, many logistics sightseers could not stand but agree that his journey to accomplishing the project will face many challenges. However, JD.com a China-based e-commerce market leader recently announced its plan on working on a similar underground passage for parcel delivery to clients.The announcement of the new logistics development was made public at JD.com’s 2018 Global Smart Supply Chain Summit held in Beijing. The company stated that it plans to create an independent logistics center that will be recognized as Urban Smart Logistics Institute and will be given the mandate to enhance plans for urban logistics hubs, top-notch styling for modern logistics systems and large data and cloud compiling forums for logistic purposes.
The center will be run and managed by a joint number of a reputable business and academic characters from Shangai Municipal Engineering Design Institute, Beijing Wuzi University, Beijing Jiaotong University, Nankai University, The Institute of Comprehensive Transportation at The National Development and Reform Commission, Sinotrans&CSC and the Shanghai Maritime University. The team should be able to accomplish quality standards on the final report with all the technical and human resource at hand.According to Jingdong, on their “to-do list” is a task required to determine if the underground logistics systems can utilize incorporated metropolitan pipe subways and subterranean paths.
The theory might sound scientifically and geographically impossible, but the JD.com company believes with enough allocation of resources and research, this might be the answer to satisfying urban models.Creating these underground tunnels will mean that the heavy freight vehicles that contribute to the immense traffic and environmental pollution in urban models will be eliminated. If Jingdong succeeds in creating an effective underground delivery system, the massive urban logistics operations will be more environmentally friendly as well as creating space for other transport systems left in the ground. With the eradication of at least half of the traffic, the new streets will enjoy an aesthetic feeling.China’s growing urbanization will benefit immensely from the project if it is actualized before the rest of the world jumps into the bandwagon.