Ocado tests Driverless Grocery Delivery, Supervalu Teams with Instacart

The driverless truck cruises down the street while a delivery person on foot takes the orders to the front door. The truck called the Cargo Pod was tested in London’s Royal Arsenal Riverside neighborhood, Endgadget reported. The vehicle is rather small and silly in appearance – it looks like a milk float to Brits and a large ATV to North Americans

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Is Ocado the Future of Groceries and does it Make Money?

Ocado claims to process 260,000 orders a week with an order accuracy rate of 99% and an on-time delivery rate of 95%. The company claims to reduce costs with a 0.7% rate of product waste, which sounds hard to believe.

What’s truly interesting is that Ocado might be ahead of Amazon in its use of robots to move groceries. Ocado claims to have 1,100 robots at work in its newest Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC3) in Andover, Hampshire. Pictures online show Ocado robots working in refrigerated warehouses and giant freezers.
Those robots can supposedly pick and pack an order of 50 items in just five minutes. That is amazing because the CFC3 is stocked with 50,000 items, and the center itself is the size of three football fields.

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Is Kroger Losing Money?

Kroger also bought around 6% of the British online grocer Ocado, a press release indicates. Kroger and Ocado entered into a partnership and subscription agreement that will bring Ocado’s Smart’s Platform to the United States. That will give Kroger access to Ocado’s robotics and digital technology capabilities.

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