Kroger Draws Closer To Picking Automated Warehouse Sites

Kroger is making progress on choosing a site for the first of at least 20 automated warehouses it plans to build through a partnership with Ocado, a UK-based online grocer, according to Reuters. The partnership was first announced in May with a plan to have three locations chosen by the end of 2018. The warehouses typically take two years to open after a site has been chosen.

“They’re making good progress identifying which particular sites and which particular cities,” said Duncan Tatton-Brown, CFO at Ocado in a meeting with reporters. “And we’re making good progress working on the details of the commercial relationship.”

Ocado uses purpose-built robots that are capable of picking a 50-item order in minutes to man its automated warehouses. The Kroger partnership is the e-Commerce retailer’s biggest yet, exceeding the centers it has built for Morrisons in…