A joint venture between GM and Chinese automaker SAIC has selected JD Logistics to operate four service parts warehouses in China.
The move follows an announcement last August that the two companies would work more closely together on an integrated service parts supply chain, including the procurement of intelligent warehousing tools and delivery vehicles.
JD Logistics said it will increase deliveries to its SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile (SGMW) service center from two times a week to six times a week, making next-day delivery the standard service. JD Logistics also said it will support automakers with more effective inventory planning and storage space usage.
Through a partnership with JD Logistics, SGMW said it is looking to introduce more digital and smart technologies into parts distribution supply chain management.
According to JD Logistics, SGMW began working with JD Logistics in 2019, with the two companies exploring options for inbound logistics and vehicle transportation.
JD Logistics also launched two new air freight routes in China. One from Beijing to Wuhu, the other from Shenzhen and Wuxi. These routes are in addition to the routes between Shenzhen and Hangzhou that JD Logistics opened last November.
Quarterly vehicle sales
GM’s joint venture with China delivered nearly 630,000 vehicles nationwide in the third quarter of 2022, signaling a steady recovery from the disruption caused by the lengthy Covid shutdown.
Automakers said the recovery was driven by strong performance of new energy vehicles across brands. The Wuling Hongguang Mini EV remains GM’s best-selling electric vehicle in China, with more than 321,000 units delivered in the fourth quarter, according to the company. Wuling’s Asta and Jia Chen deliveries have surpassed his 33,000. However, the SGMW division’s overall sales fell by 4.7% in the quarter.