Ocado expands into Poland with Auchan Retail tech partnership

Ocado has signed a deal with Auchan Retail to expand its tech grocery solutions into Poland, using the Ocado Smart Platform to further develop Auchan’s online business.

The partnership will see Auchan using Ocado’s online delivery and robotic picking technology at an automated customer fulfilment centre in a deal which is expected to add “significant long-term value” to the Ocado business.

Auchan will also be using Ocado’s in-store fulfilment software across its hypermarket portfolio, enabling more efficient picking across both food and non-food stores and benefiting from the enhancements announced during Ocado’s Re:Imagined event in January.

It is the second Auchan business to partner with Ocado Solutions, after the online supermarket partnered with Auchan’s Spanish Alcampo business last year. The two firms have said they will continue to explore further partnership opportunities in other locations.

The deal is expected to add significant long-term value to the Ocado business, although the impact of the transaction will be negligible on earnings in the current financial year.

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“We are pleased to bring a second Auchan business to our global platform, and to welcome Auchan Poland to the club of innovative and forward-looking retailers who are using the Ocado Smart Platform to power their online grocery business,” said Ocado Group’s CEO Tim Steiner.

“Today though, we recognise that this announcement comes at a very difficult time for everyone in Poland, including many cherished colleagues working in our technology development centres in Wrocław, Krakow and elsewhere.

“The human tragedy unfolding in Ukraine, and the refugee crisis along its borders, has shocked the world. My thoughts, and those of everyone at Ocado Group, are with the Ukrainian people and everyone impacted by Russia’s invasion of their country.”

Auchan Retail Poland’s CEO Gérard Gallet, added: “In the current very difficult context we are faced with, our teams are very committed to help Ukrainian refugees with the support of NGOs like Caritas and Red Cross. We strongly call for peace in Ukraine. At the same time, we would like to prepare our company for the future.”

“The development of ecommerce services is our priority direction, which we have been consistently pursuing for years, and recently especially intensively. The partnership agreement with Ocado Solutions is the best proof of our commitment.

“I am convinced that the introduction of such innovative and forward-looking solutions will be a significant step for our company on the way to achieving the leading position in the e-grocery market in Poland.”

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