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Kroger Taps Ocado Robot Warehouses In US To Combat Amazon

May 17, 2018: 12:00 AM EST

U.S. supermarket chain Kroger is partnering with U.K. Internet supermarket Ocado to build around 20 automated warehouses or “sheds” to improve its home delivery service after Amazon's recent buyout of Whole Foods shook up the retail industry. Ocado’s robot tech to process and pack orders is expected to give Kroger an advantage over Amazon. The move is in response to Amazon’s expected transformation of existing Whole Foods stores into a grocery delivery network using gig workers. However, experts believe Amazon is still looking at other options since it still operates mostly human-staffed warehouses for its Fresh grocery delivery service.

Paul Sandle, Lisa Baertlein, "Kroger inks Ocado grocery delivery deal to battle Amazon threat", Reuters, May 17, 2018, © Thomson Reuters
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