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•  The Cincinnati Business Courier reports that the first robotically-picked grocery order has rolled out of Kroger's new Ocado-powered, technology-driven warehouse, though Kroger is characterizing it as part of a "soft opening" in advance of the facility formally going online next month.

The Dayton Business Journal writes that the Monroe, Ohio facility "is a $55 million, 335,000-square-foot behemoth that will employ more than 400. Kroger broke ground on the building in June 2019."