JD.com launches multi-million dollar Global Supply Chain Innovation Centre
JD.com is to launch a multi-million dollar Global Supply Chain Innovation Centre (GSIC) in a bid to challenge the likes of Amazon and Alibaba.
The company said the move would promote the development of next-generation smart supply chain technologies, and has been designed to act as an international hub for smart supply chain research and innovation.
Its centre will bring together global industry experts, companies, universities and other institutions, and will serve as a platform to share resources, expertise, insights, and technologies.
The various organisations will work together on research projects focused on new technologies and processes, empowering more enterprises with smart supply chain capabilities.
The GSIC will operate across six key international regions – China, Silicon Valley and Chicago in the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, and Australia.
Commenting on the launch, Yu Yongli, head of JD.com’s JD Y business unit, which is focused on smart supply chain innovation, said, “JD.com has built up an incredible wealth of expertise and experience in supply chain management, including cutting-edge technologies like AI, big data, blockchain and Internet of Things.
“By sharing our resources with leading experts from academia and business, and supporting R&D of emerging technologies, we will empower the GSIC to develop the next generation of smart supply chain infrastructure. These technologies both enhance our own business and enable companies around the world.”
The GSIC will be overseen by an expert committee consisting of academics in supply chain innovation and management who will be responsible for guiding R&D efforts at the Center and will serve as mentors and advisors.
Hau L. Lee, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the Thoma Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, who will serve as the chairman for the GSIC, will lead the GSIC. Other key members of the expert committee include:
- David Simchi-Levi - Professor at MIT; Supply Chain Designer for “Mars on Earth” Project; Former Chief Scientist at ILOG (IBM)
- Xiande Zhao - JD.com Chair of Operations and Supply Chain Management; Professor at CEIBS
- Yinyu Ye - K. T. Li Chair Professor at Stanford University; Winner of the John von Neumann Theory Prize
- Michiel Steeman - Professor of Supply Chain Finance at the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences; Founder and Chairman of the Supply Chain Finance Community
- Benoit Montreuil – Coca-Cola Material Handling & Distribution Chair; Professor and Co-Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology
JD also announced its inaugural operations research algorithm competition, which aims to bring together global experts in the field to foster supply chain innovation. The competition is expected to be launched later this year.
Supply Chain Leader TransImpact Refreshes Identity
Supply chain and logistics leader Transportation Impact today unveils a new corporate identity to reflect its expansion beyond shipping and evolution into an end-to-end supply chain technology solutions provider.
The organisation will be known as TransImpact, today unveiling the new name, a refreshed logo and branding, and an updated website at www.transimpact.com. The new tagline ‘Driving Value. Creating Next’ highlights its new motivation and strategy to evolve its business and ‘create a foundation for new opportunities’.
The Evolution of TransImpact
Branding research revealed to TransImpact that the company has built a strong, industry-wide reputation for agility and innovation over the past 12-plus years, during which it has primarily been known as a pioneer in the parcel negotiation industry. Investment into its new visual and corporate identity reflects that shift, says Berkley Stafford, CEO, TransImpact.
“The name TransImpact is a natural evolution from our original name, Transportation Impact,” Stafford said. “As we evolved to support clients beyond shipping, this new name better reflects our new future as a technology company delivering solutions across the entire supply chain continuum.”
Today’s rebrand is the latest step in TransImpact’s evolution. The company acquired supply chain business intelligence platform Vizion360 in January 2021, and now provides a suites of Software as a Service (Saa) technologies, consultancy, and managed services across its Parcel Solutions, Business Performance Solutions, and Managed Logistics Solutions divisions.
Who Are TransImpact?
- Founded: 2008
- Employees: 150
- Customers: 1000+
- Headquarters: Emerald Isle, North Carolina
- CEO: Berkley Stafford
TransImpact is an industry leader in the development and application of end-to-end technology-based solutions that optimise supply chain operations. It serves more than 1,000 customers, including global organisations such as jeweller Pandora, fashion and footwear brand Toms, and sports equipment company Ping. TransImpact manages over $1bn in logistics spend, and clients that leverage its parcel solutions save an average of 19.7%.
TransImpact is led by chief executive Berkley Stafford, a former UPS man and, more recently, Head of Healthcare Sales, the Americas, for Envirotainer. Stafford has been instrumental in TransImpact’s vision to move beyond shipping, and is a strong advocate for IMPACT1, the company’s philanthropic initiative through which more than $1m has been donated to charitable causes. He holds a BSc in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.