"This facility is not only an incredible investment to our local economy but also a great convenience, providing a delivery option to those in our community who may have mobility issues, or simply lack the time to go into a physical location,” said Steve O'Dorisio, the chair of the Adams County, Colorado, board of commissioners, in the release. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Kroger and supporting their efforts to bring affordable, high-quality groceries to our community."
Shoppers who register for Kroger’s Boost by King Soopers annual membership, which offers tiers that cost $59 and $99 annually, will get unlimited free deliveries for orders that cost at least $35, the release said.
Kroger’s customer fulfillment facilities are powered by technology from the Ocado Group, a U.K.-based company specializing in e-commerce grocery delivery. Kroger and the Ocado Group first partnered in 2018 to use artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and automation in Kroger’s fulfillment and spoke centers. At “hub sites,” more than 1,000 robots navigate a 3D grid called “The Hive,” which has bins that get filled with products to be delivered to customers, according to the release.
Kroger is the largest supermarket operator in the U.S. and last year it announced plans to merge with rival grocer Albertsons. Earlier this year, Kroger expanded delivery to customers in South Florida, where it doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar presence.