Auchan Poland to use Ocado fulfilment technology

UK online grocer and technology company Ocado has entered into a partnership with Poland’s Auchan Retail to provide online delivery technology for a Warsaw customer fulfilment centre (CFC).

After the system has been put into use at the Auchan CFC, other CFCs are to use it in future. ‘Auchan Poland will also leverage Ocado’s In-Store Fulfilment (ISF) software across its hypermarkets nationwide to enable more efficient picking from those stores,’ the groups said. ‘The agreement will cover both its food and non-food business.

The technology will be used at the Warsaw CFC in 2024. As well as Auchan Poland, Ocado has indicated that the two companies will explore using the same technology in other geographies.

“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,” commented Tim Steiner, Ocado chief executive.

“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 development of e-commerce services is our priority direction, which we have been consistently pursuing for years,” commented Gérard Gallet, CEO of Auchan Retail Poland. “The partnership agreement with Ocado Solutions is the best proof of our commitment.”

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