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It's Official: Kroger Delivery Is Coming to South Florida

Kroger began offering Kroger Delivery in Florida earlier this year, and will soon expand to Miami.
Kroger began offering Kroger Delivery in Florida earlier this year, and will soon expand to Miami. Photo courtesy of Kroger
It's official: Kroger, one of the nation's largest grocery retailers, is coming to South Florida — with a twist.

The grocery chain will enter the Miami market sans retail stores or human grocery baggers.

Instead, customers will soon be able to order from the grocer via Kroger Delivery, in what has become part of the company's ongoing expansion of automated fulfillment centers.

The Cincinnati-based chain, founded in 1838, is one of the largest grocery companies in the U.S., with more than 20 brands operating 2,800 stores in 35 states.


The move into Florida is based on aggressive growth tactics for Kroger's new delivery service and marks the introduction of two automated fulfillment centers, facilitated with assistance from U.K.-based technology company, Ocado Group, which use AI learning and robotics to provide fast and affordable delivery.

Kroger Delivery is also set to launch in the Northeast and expand its operations in California, to be followed by sites in Texas, Georgia, Maryland, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Arizona. The company launched in Central Florida earlier this year. the plan for South Florida involves the addition of two smaller fulfillment facilities that will join existing centers in Groveland, Jacksonville, and Tampa.

The South Florida service area and launch date have not yet been set, Kroger spokesperson Andrea Colby tells New Times.

“Kroger entered the Florida market earlier this year with our e-commerce model," says Colby. "South Florida residents can anticipate a shopping service that offers an extensive assortment of affordable fresh food and household essentials conveniently delivered to their doorstep."


When service expands to Miami, customers will be able to visit Kroger's website or use the Kroger app to place orders.
click to enlarge Kroger utilizes technology created by Ocado Group, which allows for a near fully automated fulfillment center. - PHOTO COURTESY OF KROGER
Kroger utilizes technology created by Ocado Group, which allows for a near fully automated fulfillment center.
Photo courtesy of Kroger
In 2018, Kroger and Ocado formed an exclusive partnership to introduce proprietary technology that makes use of AI, robotics, and automation to create more efficient grocery fulfillment, picking, and delivery services.

In South Florida, a microsite fulfillment center will be the first of its kind, offering automated services that also allow for curbside pickup, which can service customers in as little as 30 minutes with a selection of 10,000 fresh food items and essentials, or deliver same-day or next-day orders of more than 35,000 items.

Inside the highly automated centers, more than 1,000 robots will whiz around giant 3D grids, orchestrated by Ocado's proprietary air-traffic control system. The grid, known as "the Hive," contains hundreds of totes where products are placed to fill orders.

Completed orders are loaded into temperature-controlled Kroger Delivery vans, each of which can hold up to 20 orders. Facilities are equipped to fulfill thousands of orders each day.

Not everything is automated, however. On-site workers — up to 400 employees at larger fulfillment hubs — support delivery operations and help process, package, and load orders. Roles focus on customer service and engagement, engineering, operations, inventory, quality management, and transportation.

To view available careers coming to South Florida, visit jobs.kroger.com.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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