JD.com staff at Northeast China based Gu'an warehouse distribution facility
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JD.com’s logistics division has bagged $218m in investment for logistics-related companies and technology. As Alibaba’s closest competitor in China, JD.com has a lot of work to do. JD Logistics became a standalone subsidiary in 2017, and Tech Crunch claims it may be eyeing a public offering in the near future with a valuation around the $13.5bn mark. In 2016, Alibaba’s logistics division, Cainiao, scooped its own investment but had a valuation a little over half of JD Logistics at $7.7bn. As for what the money is to be spent on, that appears to be under wraps at the moment, although this report suggests drone deliveries, logistics automation and smart vehicles may be potential avenues of spending.

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