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Ocado Technology has announced the launch of its first London development centre to support the growing global adoption of its Ocado Smart Platform (OSP).

The firm’s sixth development centre

Based in Old Street, Central London, the new centre is the sixth hub to launch after those based in Hatfield, Sofia (Bulgaria), Wroclaw, Krakow (Poland) and Barcelona (Spain). It is expected to support the development of OSP - which is an end-to-end platform that enables retailers to perform online grocery operations - through artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, big data and cloud platforms technology. Up to 300 software engineers, data scientists, researchers and product managers will be based in the new facility.

James Matthews, CEO of Ocado Technology, said: “We’re excited to be expanding our network of development hubs into London, a city renowned for being at the forefront of tech innovation and home to many talented technologists. As we are growing rapidly, we are always on the lookout for people who share our drive to innovate. This London hub joins our network of development centres to offer exciting employment opportunities for ambitious, tech-savvy individuals.”

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Ocado is set to power a new online grocery delivery service for Canadian conglomerate Empire Company Limited.

Voilà by Sobeys and Voilà par IGA

Sobeys joins a select group of grocers that have adopted the automated grocery delivery model as it launches its Voilà brand. The new delivery service will serve major cities in Quebec province as well as the greater Toronto area. A $95 million automated customer fulfilment centre (CFC) is being built in Vaughn, Ontario, and is due to be operational in spring 2020. An additional CFC is due to be built in Montreal, Quebec with operations effectively beginning in 2021.

39,000 products

Voilà’s offer is comprised of 39,000 products, and orders will be processed via the Ocado-powered automated CFC’s. Each centre is due to create circa 1500 jobs.

The move follows Ocado’s high-profile partnership with US grocer Kroger, with the first automated fulfilment centre under construction near Cincinatti. Plans to build a second and third centres, respectively in Central Florida and the Mid-Atlantic are underway, with the first centre expected to be operational by 2021.

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Online retailer Ocado has announced a partnership with Coles to develop its online grocery business in Australia. This is the fifth international partnership for the Ocado Smart Platform in less than 18 months.

Developing Coles’ online business

Coles is one of Australia’s largest grocery retailers, operating 818 supermarkets across the country. The retailer is already a market leader in online grocery retailing in Australia with its Coles Online business and over AU$1bn of annual sales. Ocado will allow Coles to use its ecommerce platform for grocery and other food distribution related activities in Australia on an exclusive basis. The new deal will see Ocado’s technology and software develop Coles’ online grocery business in Australia.

The two companies will build two automated customer fulfilment centres (CFCs) as part of the deal, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. Coles will invest up to AU$150m building these CFCs and on upfront costs to Ocado. Coles expects the partnership to approximately double its home delivery capacity.

Through Coles’ new partnership with Ocado, it hopes to better serve its customers in Australia’s larger urban areas through fulfilment from Ocado’s CFCs, while customers in less populated areas will benefit from Ocado’s store-pick software.

The agreement comes as retailers continue to scale up in the online channel to meet the challenge of ecommerce competition.

Ocado’s international expansion

Ocado's role as a provider of retail technology is continuing to gain momentum. The Coles partnership is Ocado’s fifth international deal in less than 18 months, following its partnership with Bon Preu Group in July 2018, Swedish retailer ICA and US retailer Kroger in May 2018, and Canadian retailer Sobeys in January 2018.

The Coles deal follows Ocado’s announcement of a £1.5bn retail joint venture with Marks and Spencer in the UK.

To understand more about how the two retailers operate, check out the Ocado and Coles retailer hubs.

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