Ocado to automate fulfilment for first non-grocery retailer

Ocado Intelligent Automation (OIA), part of Ocado Group, will provide automated fulfilment technology for pharmaceutical distributor McKesson Canada, marking the company’s first deal to provide technology for a non-grocery retailer.

Ocado’s shares saw an increase yesterday after the announcement of the deal.

One of its key offerings are software applications powered by artificial intelligence (AI), which are needed to power its technical solutions long-term.

Tim Steiner, CEO of Ocado Group, said: “Today represents a new and exciting milestone as we bring the amazing benefits of Ocado’s technology to the healthcare distribution and logistics sector. Our technology is ideally suited to supply chains that require dense storage, highly accurate inventory management and secure stock control.

“lt has been proven over 20 years in one of the most complex supply chain environments, online grocery, and we’re now bringing our experience and IP to more sectors. We are very pleased to be expanding in Canada.”

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The tech solutions provider will receive upfront payment during the construction process ,with final payment set to be received upon final installation.

Ongoing yearly fees will also be applied for the servicing and maintenance its solutions.

Source: logisticsmanager.com

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