Kroger’s partnership with Ocado will open 20 high-tech fulfillment centers.

Kroger to add 2 more high-tech warehouses similar to Monroe facility

Kroger will build two new distribution centers in Florida and the Mid-Atlantic to improve the company’s stocking and delivery ability for its digital orders.

The largest regional grocer and Ocado, its online grocery arm, will build 20 of the fulfillment centers or “sheds” across the country. The first was announced late last year to be built in Monroe — a $55 million investment that will bring 410 new jobs.

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The centers are part of plans to speed up grocery e-commerce and delivery through automated warehouses with digital and robotic capabilities.

“Kroger is developing the retail model of the future through our exciting partnership with Ocado, a UK-based company with global ties,” said Alex Tosolini, Kroger’s senior vice president of new business development. “We will co-innovate with Ocado to develop the best possible experiences for our customers, leveraging advanced robotics technology and creative solutions.”

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Leaders say the technology plays a crucial role in adapting to the changing retail landscape in the United States.

Kroger has more than 2,800 stores in its family of brands across the country. The company is headquartered in Cincinnati.

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