Ocado strikes deal with Auchan Poland
Ocado has announced that it is to partner with Auchan Poland to help the retailer develop its online business using the Ocado Smart Platform.
The move marks the second time that Auchan has teamed up with Ocado’s Solutions business following a partnership with its Spanish Alcampo business last year.
Auchan Poland and Ocado will initially build a customer fulfilment centre to serve the Warsaw area beginning in 2024, although additional CFCs will be developed at a later date. Ocado said Auchan Poland will also benefit from Ocado’s in-store fulfilment software across its hypermarkets to enable more efficient picking from stores. The agreement will cover both Auchan’s food and non-food business.
Gérard Gallet, chief executive of Auchan Retail Poland, said: “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.”
The structure of fees will be similar to those agreed with other international Ocado Solutions partners whereby Auchan Poland will pay Ocado certain fees upfront and during the development phase. Ongoing fees will then be linked to both sales achieved and installed capacity within the CFC and service criteria.
Tim Steiner, chief executive of Ocado Group, said: “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.”
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