Ocado to build fulfilment centre for Kroger

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Ocado Solutions has announced that it will build a new customer fulfilment centre (CFC) for the USA’s largest grocery retailer Kroger.

Located in Frederick, Maryland, the 350,000ft2 CFC will support Kroger’s e-commerce initiatives in Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Robert Clark, senior vice president of supply chain, manufacturing and sourcing, Kroger, said: “Kroger is incredibly excited to construct one of our industry-leading customer fulfilment centres in Maryland in relationship with Ocado to bring fresh food to our customers faster than ever before.

The 350,000ft2 CFC in Maryland will create 400 new jobs

“Through our strategic partnership, we are engineering a model for the region, leveraging advanced robotics technology and creative solutions to redefine the customer experience.”

The CFC model is an automated warehouse facility with digital and robotic capabilities.

Luke Jensen, CEO of Ocado Solutions, said: “This site will be key to delivering amazing grocery experiences to households across Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

“It will also create fantastic job opportunities for engineers looking to work alongside state-of-the-art robotics and automation.”

Upon completion, 400 new jobs will be created with up to 100 more added later as the service area of this facility expands.

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