Kroger and Ocado to open three new DCs

by Inside Logistics Online Staff
Kroger and Ocado’s new customer fulfillment centre – an automated warehouse facility with digital and robotic capabilities, also known as a “shed”. (PRNewsfoto/The Kroger Co.)

CINCINNATI – The Kroger Family of Companies and Ocado have announced plans to construct three new automated fulfillment centres in the Great Lakes, Pacific Northwest and West regions of the United States.

The new facility in the West will measure 300,000 square feet, the new facility in the Pacific Northwest will measure 200,000 square feet, and the facility in the Great Lakes region will measure 150,000 square feet. The varying sizes demonstrate the flexibility of the Ocado fulfillment ecosystem to best serve the respective markets.

When operational, the facilities will collectively create more than 1,000 new jobs, Kroger said in a release, with the potential for hundreds of additional career opportunities. The exact locations of the new facilities have yet be announced.

“Spanning a range of automated CFC sizes, these three new sites will be key parts of this growing and flexible fulfillment network,” said Luke Jensen, CEO of Ocado Solutions. “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.”

The newly named locations will complement the retailer’s previously announced CFC sites in Monroe, OH; Groveland, FL; Fredericksburg, MD; Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; and Pleasant Prairie, WI. Kroger plans to open the country’s first CFC in Monroe, OH, a suburb of Cincinnati, in early 2021.