Ocado

Kroger is partnering with UK-based Ocado to build warehouses that can pack a 50-item grocery order in a matter of minutes.
The deal will give Ocado immense power to shape the future of the grocery industry in the United States.
Ocado’s chief technology officer, Paul Clarke, offered a glimpse of what’s to come by sharing insight into how the company thinks about robots in a post published by the Harvard Business Review.
“It is still ‘early days’ for AI,” Clarke wrote. “Consumers have yet to get a real taste for it, but when they do, it will become a powerful new drug.”

Kroger has a powerful new weapon in its battle against Amazon.

The weapon is Ocado, a UK-based online supermarket with robots that can pack a 50-item grocery order in a matter of minutes.

Kroger said Thursday that it had partnered with Ocado to bring the company’s cutting-edge technology to the United States. As part of the agreement, Ocado will help Kroger, the nation’s largest grocer, build at least 20 of its futuristic, robot-powered warehouses.

The deal will give Ocado, which views robots as a “powerful new drug,” immense power to shape the future of the grocery industry in the US. It will also help Kroger better compete with Amazon, which is now delivering online grocery orders from Whole Foods stores in several cities.

What does that mean for US shoppers?

It means faster, cheaper delivery options for ordering groceries online. It also means more robots will be packing grocery orders, instead of humans doing it.

Ocado’s chief technology officer, Paul Clarke, offered a glimpse of what’s to come by sharing insight into how the company thinks about robots in a post published this week by the Harvard Business Review.

“It is still ‘early days’ for AI,” …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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