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CNBC reports that Kroger said yesterday that its first Ocado-designed robotic warehouse will be opened in Monroe, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati.

According to the story, “Kroger is investing $55 million to build this first location, which is set to measure 335,000 square feet and generate more than 400 new jobs.” It is expected that it will take about two years to open the facility.

Kroger signed a deal with British pure-play online retailer Ocado to build 20 of its robotic warehouses in the US, designed to make its delivery business more efficient and effective.

"Kroger is joining with the best partners in the world to co-innovate and leverage technology to redefine the customer experience," Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO, said in a statement Monday. "We are incredibly excited to partner with Ocado to transform the industry and deliver on our Restock Kroger vision to serve America through food inspiration and uplift” and “accelerate our ability to provide customers with anything, anytime and anywhere.”

Ocado has similar deals with Morrisons in Britain, Casino in France, Sobeys in Canada and ICA Group in Sweden.
KC's View:
Expect a fast succession of similar announcements … this is not the kind of process that will be slow and laborious. Because “slow and laborious” are words that, in the current competitive climate, end up on gravestones.