Kroger has announced the regions for its next three automated fulfillment centers: the West, the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes.
The facility in the West will be 300,000 square feet, the facility in the Pacific Northwest will be 200,000 square feet, and the facility in the Great Lakes will be 150,000 square feet, according to a news release. The exact locations of the new centers have yet to be revealed.
“Kroger and Ocado are building an e-commerce ecosystem across the U.S. that will deliver unrivaled online experiences to more customers, in more ways and in more markets,” Luke Jensen, CEO of Ocado Solutions, said in the release. “Spanning a range of automated (customer fulfillment center) sizes, these three new sites will be key parts of this growing and flexible fulfillment network. Alongside the scale and wider benefits of larger CFCs, smaller-format and mini CFCs will allow Kroger to reach more geographies with Ocado’s automation, while also catering to a wide range of options for delivery.”
Ocado Solutions, which specializes in automated warehouses for online grocery order fulfillment, has an agreement to build 20 facilities with Kroger.
“Kroger is incredibly excited to construct three additional industry-leading customer fulfillment centers across the country in relationship with Ocado to bring fresh food to our customers more conveniently than ever before,” Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of supply chain, manufacturing and sourcing, said in the release. “Through our strategic partnership, we are engineering a model for these regions, leveraging advanced robotics technology and creative solutions to redefine the customer experience.”
Previously announced locations for Kroger automated fulfillment centers are:
- Monroe, Ohio
- Groveland, Fla.
- Fredericksburg, Md.
- Pleasant Prairie, Wis.