Kroger and robotics warehouse company Ocado yesterday “announced the continued expansion of their partnership with plans to construct an additional Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC) in the South region, while also collaborating with Ocado on in-store fulfillment (ISF) capabilities with a planned rollout across Kroger stores, beginning in 2021.”

According to the announcement, “The new facility will measure 200,000 square feet. The exact location and construction dates of the new facility will be announced soon … The newly named location will complement Kroger’s previously announced CFC sites in Monroe, OH, Groveland, FL, Frederick, MD, Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX, Pleasant Prairie, WI, Romulus, MI, Pacific Northwest and West regions. Kroger plans to open the country’s first two CFC sites in Monroe, OH, a suburb of Cincinnati and Groveland, FL in early 2021. ”

And, the companies said, “As part of its accelerated growth plan, Kroger is also investing and innovating to optimize in-store fulfillment technology and processes. Through their expanding partnership, Kroger is also collaborating with Ocado to leverage their in-store fulfillment (ISF) capabilities with the best of Kroger’s technology and digital solutions to support the rapid growth of pickup demand across Kroger stores nationwide. Ocado’s in-store fulfillment solution includes proprietary software that supports associates’ efforts to assemble orders and makes it easier and more efficient for them to find products when fulfilling customer pickup orders.”

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