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Online marketplaces test delivery drones in Indonesia

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Beijing   /   Thu, June 27, 2019   /  09:11 am
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As logistics remains a big issue in e-commerce expansion in Indonesia, online marketplaces are showing an interest in investing in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, to help reach rural areas across the country. Under its global smart supply chain network, China’s second-largest online retailer JD.com has tested drones in Indonesia following the government’s approval earlier this year as it wants to expand to overseas markets. “We want to transfer our cutting-edge tech to the overseas market, especially Indonesia. That was the first time we exported the technology [from China],” the company’s director of corporate strategy and investment, Yao Xiao, said during a media roundtable session in Beijing recently. Spending the past year building the network, the company now operates its drone delivery service in 100 villages in rural Ch...