The fusion of brick-and-mortar and e-commerce is manifesting in automated warehouses across the retail landscape. In the same vein as Albertsons and Kroger, Ahold Delhaize is taking a stab at putting itself first in the e-commerce race by rolling out small, automated warehouses to speed order picking and cut delivery times, according to a Reuters report. Chief Executive Frans Muller confirmed the deal on Wednesday.
Ahold Delhaize’s deal follows Albertsons'—which recently announced its own automated fulfillment pilot—and Kroger’s own announcements. Kroger is partnering with British e-commerce giant Ocado, reported on by our sister publication AndNowUKnow, to build three of 20 high-tech Ocado warehouses on U.S. soil in the next couple of weeks, Each location will take two years to build and cost about $39 million.
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