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• Ocado, the British online grocer that has partnered with Kroger to open a series of robotic warehouses in the US that it believes will improve Kroger's efficiency and effectiveness, not to mention responsiveness to shopper needs, said that it has struck a similar arrangement with Japanese retailer Aeon.

According to Reuters, Ocado's "initial CFCs will serve Japan’s Kanto region, with the first planned to go live in 2023, followed by others over the next two years.

"Aeon will also use Ocado’s product-picking software within parts of its existing store network, and offer click-and-collect services from selected sites.

"The Japanese firm did not say how much it was paying Ocado, but said the agreement included upfront fees, in addition to later payments which will depend on sales performance and capacity installation."
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