Automation has almost become synonymous with evolution across many sectors of the food industry and those companies leading the charge are sure to experience the enormous benefits both today and in the future. Kroger is charging forward with its vision for automation with its innovative Customer Fulfillment Centers (CFC) with high-tech partner Ocado. The Frederick, Maryland-based facility has just broken ground on a 350,000-square-foot structure with the ability to create as many as 500 jobs for the area.
"Kroger is incredibly excited to construct one of our industry-leading Customer Fulfillment Centers in Maryland in relationship with Ocado to bring fresh food to our customers faster than ever before," Robert Clark, Kroger's Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Sourcing, said upon the reveal of the planned facility in January according to our sister publication AndNowUKnow. "Through our strategic partnership, we are engineering a model for the region, leveraging advanced robotics technology and creative solutions to redefine the customer experience."
One of the biggest factors capturing attention for the trade is its location—Kroger has no physical stores in the vicinity, nor any plans for them, according to news source wtop news. Yet the move is the grocer’s first expansion into the Washington and Baltimore region for home delivery.
The timeline for this behemoth of a strategy and project is not slated to be complete for 24 months, but we know that the communities in which Kroger thrives are already anticipating the employment opportunities to come and the unique benefits of utilizing robotics to ensure an advantageous hands-free environment as the new normal shifts
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