Kroger expands service in Colorado
The Kroger Co. opened a new facility in Johnstown, CO, to bring its vast selection of fresh items right to customers' doorsteps, including unique Our Brands products and favorite national brands, in addition to cost-saving offerings, making products even more affordable for Northern Colorado families.
"We look forward to connecting more customers in Northern Colorado to Kroger Delivery, which brings the freshest products including Our Brands, directly to customers' doors," said Rebekah Manis, senior director of Kroger Delivery Fulfillment Centers. "Kroger Delivery enables us to meet our customers' unique needs and deliver value, like exceptional friendly service from our best-in-class uniformed drivers, and a personalized shopping experience with zero-compromise on convenience, value and selection."
The approximately 57,000-square-foot spoke facility will work in conjunction with the Aurora, CO, fulfillment center. All orders are picked at the products' peak freshness within the Aurora facility. Associates carefully assemble orders and place them in climate-controlled vehicles to travel to Johnstown. Once the orders arrive, they are checked and placed on refrigerated delivery trucks that deliver directly to customers' doors, ensuring cold and frozen products remain at the perfect temperature from the supplier to the customer's refrigerator. The facility currently employs nearly 70 associates.
The expansion to the Northern Colorado area represents an extension of a collaboration between Kroger and Ocado Group, a world leader in technology for grocery e-commerce. In 2018, the companies announced a collaboration to establish a delivery network that combines artificial intelligence, advanced robotics and automation in a bold new way, bringing first-of-its-kind technology to America.
Kroger currently operates customer fulfillment centers in Monroe, OH, Groveland, FL, Forest Park, GA (Atlanta), Pleasant Prairie, WI, Dallas, Romulus, MI (Detroit), Aurora, CO, and Frederick, MD, with the expansion of additional customer fulfillment network facilities planned in the future.