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Ocado gains click and collect capability with new acquisition

Ocado has acquired part of a robotics start-up as it looks to expand its portfolio of solutions.

Focused on Europe, the US and Middle East, Myrmex specialises in materials handling, with its technology including mobile robots and intelligent asset handling systems.

The solutions focus on the final mile and enable click and collect within a few seconds of the customer arriving at the pick-up point. Click and collect has risen in popularity as a fulfilment method during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Myrmex system also takes care of replenishment, returns, temperature controls and payment methods.

George Katiniotis, CEO of Myrmex, said: “With over 20 years of experience in transforming online grocery through cutting-edge technology and automation, Ocado Group is widely recognised as the leader in this space.

“The company’s investment is testament to Myrmex’s robotics and automation capabilities and will enable us to accelerate the commercialisation of our product portfolio.”

Alex Harvey, engineering director for OSP Handling Robotics at Ocado Technology said: “We’ve been impressed with Myrmex’s capabilities and are excited about the potential synergies with our existing business. As the shift to online grocery accelerates, we are moving even faster in adding automation to our end-to-end offering. Myrmex can play a part in that journey.”