Kroger and Ocado are continuing to expand their partnership with plans to construct three new customer fulfillment centers in the Great Lakes, Pacific Northwest and West regions.
The retailer has partnered with Ocado to accelerate its omnichannel abilities. The customer fulfillment model, incorporating state-of-the-art automation and AI, will be used to expand Kroger products to a larger footprint.
The new facility in the West will measure 300,000 square feet, the new facility in the Pacific Northwest will measure 200,000 square feet, and the facility in the Great Lakes region will measure 150,000 square feet. The varying sizes demonstrate the flexibility of the Ocado fulfillment ecosystem to best serve the respective markets. When operational, the facilities will collectively create more than 1,000 new jobs. The exact locations of the new facilities will soon be announced.
“Kroger is incredibly excited to construct three additional industry-leading customer fulfillment centers across the country in relationship with Ocado to bring fresh food to our customers more conveniently than ever before,” said Robert Clark, Kroger’s svp/supply chain, manufacturing and sourcing. “Through our strategic partnership, we are engineering a model for these regions, leveraging advanced robotics technology and creative solutions to redefine the customer experience.”
The newly named locations will complement the retailer’s previously announced customer fulfillment sites in Monroe, OH; Groveland, FL; Fredericksburg, MD; Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; and Pleasant Prairie, WI. Kroger plans to open the first site in Monroe, OH, a suburb of Cincinnati, in early 2021.