The future of robots in the materials handling industry
There is a superb future for robots in the materials handling industry and one company which is acting as a pioneer is Ocado.
Ocado is not a food company, but a technology company and it has used robotics and automation technology to give itself a lead in a very competitive industry.
Take its new US Customer Fulfilment Center (CFC) which is to be built in Frederick, Maryland. It will be used to support Kroger's e-commerce initiatives in Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Kroger has partnered with Ocado to accelerate its ability to provide customers with anything, anytime, anywhere. The CFC model is an automated warehouse facility with digital and robotic capabilities.
"We are excited to bring Kroger and Ocado's latest automated warehouse to Frederick. This site will be key to delivering amazing grocery experiences to households across Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. It will also create fantastic job opportunities for engineers looking to work alongside state-of-the-art robotics and automation," said Luke Jensen, CEO of Ocado Solutions.
"The warehouse will be a key component of the seamless fulfilment ecosystem that Kroger is developing for customers across the United States. Ocado's proven technology will allow Kroger to achieve the lowest cost-to-serve in the market, combined with the best freshness, accuracy and service."
This new 350,000-square-foot CFC will, said Kroger, accelerate its ability to expand its products to a larger footprint. Upon completion, 400 new jobs will be created with up to 100 more added later as the service area of this facility expands.