Ocado fulfillment center

Monroe, Ohio, will be the site of the first automated grocery fulfillment center for Kroger.

The retailer has partnered with Ocado, an online-only retailer based in the United Kingdom, to grow its online grocery capabilities with a network of robot-run facilities.

Kroger plans to open 20 such fulfillment centers in the coming years, according to a news release.

The retailer is investing $55 million to build the first center, which will be 335,000 square feet.

“Kroger is joining with the best partners in the world to co-innovate and leverage technology to redefine the customer experience,” Rodney McMullen, Kroger chairman and CEO, said in the release. “We are incredibly excited to partner with Ocado to transform the industry and deliver on our Restock Kroger vision to serve America through food inspiration and uplift. This Kroger shed, powered by Ocado, will accelerate our ability to provide customers with anything, anytime and anywhere.”

 

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