Today, the express parcel delivery unit of Beijing-based JD.com, Jingdong Express, inaugurated a new passenger-facing service counter store in the departure hall of Shanghai Hongqiao airport (SHA). While the service initially targets passengers with items they’d rather not carry on board, the program represents the next phase in JD’s growing express operation.
At Shanghai’s domestic airport Hongqiao, JD Express now offers passengers the ability to send items that they cannot check or may not want to carry onto their flight before entering the security check point. The service counter is located in the third floor of the Departures hall at SHA’s Terminal 2. Customers and businesses utilizing the service need not be departing out of Hongqiaoo to utilize the service
With ambitions to become a major player in expedited air logistics, JD said it plans to open several other retail outlets in a number of other airports in the future, but did not share further details.
The move continues the e-tailer’s expanded service offerings. Just last November, JD Express launched a dedicated freighter service through a partnership with Tianjin Air Cargo, as reported by our sister site, Cargo Facts. The flights currently connect JD.com’s hub in Beijing with other major Chinese cities, such as Guangzhou (CAN).