Kroger plans automated warehouses through new deal


Kroger could open up to 20 automated warehouses in three years as part of a new deal with a grocery technology company.

The Cincinnati-based grocery giant has an agreement to buy a stake in Ocado, an online grocer based in the U.K., and license technology to be used for automated warehouses and delivering food to customers doors, according to Bloomberg.

MORE: Kroger CEO talks grocery industry, Target merger rumors

The news could help Kroger’s competitiveness with Wal-Mart, which is expanding grocery home-delivery, as well as with Amazon, which acquired of Whole Foods last year.

Bloomberg reported Kroger and Ocado are seeking sites for three automated distribution centers this year and could open up to 20 in the next three years.

Ocado’s technology helps with the logistics of grocery delivery, which involves keeping temperature-sensitive food from spoiling. The company’s software helps trucks take the best route on food deliveries.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Springboro drug distributor’s insurer won’t cover DEA opioid investigation
Springboro drug distributor’s insurer won’t cover DEA opioid investigation

The insurance company for Miami-Luken does not have to cover the Springboro pharmaceutical distributor’s costs that come from fighting a federal investigation, an Ohio judge ruled. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is seeking to yank the company’s license, which allows it to buy pharmacy drugs from manufacturers and then distribute the drugs...
Mattress Firm hiring for intern who will get paid to sleep
Mattress Firm hiring for intern who will get paid to sleep

Mattress Firm is hiring for a “Snoozetern,” an intern who will get paid to sleep. The mattress retail chain is searching for someone who can put their rest to the test. The “Snoozetern” will test out beds and create written and video reviews for Mattress Firm’s social platforms and MattressFirm.com. The intern will also...
Why the Ohio Auditor wants school districts to have online fundraising policies
Why the Ohio Auditor wants school districts to have online fundraising policies

Although teachers across the state are using online tools to raise money for extra classroom resources, a majority of Ohio school districts may lack policies regarding crowdfunding. According to an Ohio State Auditor survey of school districts, less than half of respondent districts had policies regarding crowdfunding. Around one fifth of the state&rsquo...
100 new manufacturing jobs coming to Monroe. Here’s how to apply
100 new manufacturing jobs coming to Monroe. Here’s how to apply

Illinois-based automotive parts manufacturer UGN Inc. has chosen Monroe to be the focus of its 2018 expansion efforts. The Warren County site at 201 Exploration Drive was selected over another in Valparaiso, Ind., following an announcement in February that UGN planned to expand at one of its two Midwest locations. The expansion will require 111 new...
What you need to know: Auto parts manufacturer expanding in Monroe
What you need to know: Auto parts manufacturer expanding in Monroe

Illinois-based automotive parts manufacturer UGN Inc. has chosen Monroe to be the focus of its 2018 expansion efforts. The Warren County site at 201 Exploration Drive was selected over another in Valparaiso, Ind., following an announcement in February that UGN planned to expand at one of its two Midwest locations. Here are five things to know: The...
More Stories