JD. has filed a patent for a method and electronic device for handling materials in warehouses. The method involves obtaining picking tasks, using material information from a person, and comparing it to stock information for efficient inventory management. GlobalData’s report on JD gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on JD, Automated guided vehicles was a key innovation area identified from patents. JD's grant share as of January 2024 was 28%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Material handling method for electronic devices

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: JD.com Inc

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240034561A1) describes a method for handling materials in a control apparatus, specifically focusing on picking tasks in a warehouse setting. The method involves obtaining a picking task for a target material, using material information from a target person arriving at the warehouse exit, and comparing this information with the to-be-picked material to update stock information. The process includes utilizing weight ranges, RFID tags, and image recognition to ensure accurate material handling and stock management.

Furthermore, the method incorporates additional steps such as sending alarm information in case of inconsistencies, providing guidance to robots for autonomous navigation, and utilizing electronic tags for real-time stock updates. The patent also covers scenarios where material quantities are determined based on weight changes, recognition of faces for authentication, and generating alerts for picking anomalies. Overall, the method aims to streamline material handling processes, enhance accuracy in stock management, and improve efficiency in warehouse operations through the integration of various technologies and data-driven decision-making.

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