Ocado extends Groupe Casino partnership

Ocado has announced an expansion of its partnership with French grocer Groupe Casino.

The agreement follows a Memorandum of Understanding, which was announced in February.

However, the partnership extension includes the creation of a joint venture to provide logistics services to OSP-powered customer fulfilment centres  in France.

As a result, these customer fulfilment centres will be available to all grocery retailers. The online only supermarket will also integrate Octopia’s marketplace platform into its Ocado Smart Platform (OSP), and allow OSP partners around the world to launch their own marketplace offerings.

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Groupe Casino will also use Ocado’s in-store fulfilment technology in its Monoprix stores.

“This is a great milestone for our relationship with Groupe Casino as we extend the partnership in a number of exciting directions,” Ocado Solutions CEO Luke Jensen said.

“Our partnership demonstrates what can be achieved when a major retailer introduces a world-class quality of service online, enabled by unique efficiencies, to French consumers.

“I’m excited that Ocado Group’s cutting-edge technologies are now available to all grocery retailers in France, with the new joint venture leveraging our combined expertise to provide key logistics services for future CFCs.”

Ocado agreed its first deal with Casino in 2017.

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