British supermarket Ocado has signed a deal for a technology partnership with Japanese firm Aeon.
The online-only grocer on Friday revealed it would team up with Aeon to help develop its online grocery business in Japan.
Aeon will use the Ocado Smart Platform – the same system Kroger signed up to for usage in the US back in May 2018.
Headquarted in Chiba, Japan, Aeon is Asia’s largest online supermarket, touting around 100 million customers.
Aeon will use Ocado’s proprietary customer fulfilment centres (CFCs) and end-to-end software applications to serve millions of customers across Japan.
The firm will pay Ocado certain upfront fees upon signing and during the development phase, then ongoing fees linked to both sales achieved and installed capacity within each CFC and service criteria.
“We see Ocado as a state-of-the-art, exciting and transformative partner aligned with our strategy of accelerating Aeon’s Digital Shift to serve Japan’s consumers,” said Aeon chief executive Motoya Okada.
“We will be able to give consumers the convenience and more importantly “time” to let them fulfil other more meaningful aspirations,” Okada added.
“I am delighted to welcome another extraordinary retailer, and the first from Asia, to the unique international club of grocers powering their ecommerce operations with Ocado,” said Ocado Group chief executive Tim Steiner.
“This partnership marks a major milestone for the food retail landscape in Japan, and I am excited that Ocado will play a key role in bringing ever greater levels of convenience and choice to Aeon’s customers.”