JD.com, Alibaba Reach Outside China To Empower Retail Innovation

JD.com and Alibaba are partnering with tech companies and retailers to collaborate on new ways to drive the industry forward. JD.com joined with Intel to launch a joint lab that will explore the use of the Internet of Things (IoT) in smart retail solutions, while Alibaba is working with Spanish retailer El Corte Inglés in a joint effort to complement each other’s logistics expertise.

JD.com and Intel have formed the Digitized Retail Joint lab to develop vending machines, media and advertising solutions and other retail-focused technologies. The team already has merged Intel’s RRI edge computing and OpenVINO computer vision architecture with JD’s computer vision algorithms to analyze customer traffic and in-store purchasing habits — data that can be used to improve personalization efforts.

“This lab will combine our collective strengths to develop cutting-edge solutions to bring…