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As grocery stores worldwide experienced stockpiling, long lines, and health worries amid the coronavirus pandemic, millions of people turned to shopping online. It has been a goldrush for the British company Ocado, an online-only grocery marketplace that also operates technology for supermarket giants worldwide. Ocado was the best performing stock on the FTSE 100 in the second quarter of 2020, and, in May, Ocado raised over $1 billion to grow its services. It is now betting big on its US expansion, hoping to convert Americans to grocery shopping online. Huge challenges remain, though. Many Americans are still reluctant to buy food they can't see in person, and some fear the current online pandemic-driven boom could prove a one-off. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The coronavirus pandemic has forced even those most resistant to digital change to give ground, and e-commerce is burgeoning like never before. Trapped at home, or faced with hours waiting only to find empty shelves, more people than ever are turning to online grocery shopping. "There is pretty strong evidence that that is here to stay," Luke Jensen, executive director of the Ocado Group and CEO of Ocado Solutions, told Business Insider. Ocado is a household name in British cities, but its business is largely unknown elsewhere. A British success story The company's work is twofold. There is Ocado Retail, which sells groceries and other supermarket products to consumers online. The second aspect is Ocado Solutions, which provides technology to the online operations of major global supermarkets like Kroger in the US, Sobeys in Canada, and Waitrose in the UK. The company, which was founded in 2002, does not expect to turn a profit until 2024. It has high running costs, a sky-high share price, and a price-to-earnings ratio to match.  In short, it's now acting like less an online retailer and more like a tech giant. Its share price hit a record £22.36 ($28) on June 1, and the company has turned out to be the best performing stock on the FTSE 100 in the second quarter of 2020, boasting a 66% rise. Ocado first set out as an online grocer, boxing and delivering orders for Waitrose, the UK's deluxe supermarket. But it has now established itself as the guardian of online grocery delivery in its own right. It now has operations in the US, Canada, Britain, Sweden, France, and Japan. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on many industries, and businesses around the world are struggling to stay afloat. National economies are sliding into recession, as global unemployment rates are inching upward. But Ocado, and the grocery sector at large, have found themselves booming in light of astronomical demand.  The future of food is online The pandemic has left companies around the world reassessing how the habits of their customers will change. Nowhere has this been more apparent than in grocery shopping. "When you see people try grocery online for the first time, there's a high proportion of people who stick with it and make it part of their repertoire," Jensen said. There are many signs that online grocery shopping is growing. Online grocery sales in the US boomed to $7 billion in May 2020, up from $5.3 billion in April, according to a Brick Meets Click/Mercatus Grocery Shopping survey. For reference, this number was $1.2 billion in August 2019. A 2018 Nielsen study also predicted that 70% of US consumers would be grocery shopping online by 2024. Before the pandemic, online grocery shopping made up only 4% of the US market, but that is set to change. "The US has seen an enormous boom," Jensen told Business Insider. "We expect a lot of that to stick." Back in the UK — where, pre-pandemic, 7% of grocery shopping was online — Ocado said in May that "a simply staggering amount of traffic" meant they had to turn away new customers.  "They could be doing even better than they are because they deliberately limited their growth," Matt Botham, a strategic insight director at the Kantar data consultancy, told Business Insider. The elevated demand for online grocery shopping won't last forever. Shops will reopen, and constraints on freedom of movement will end. But what is expected to remain — and what Ocado is betting its bottom dollar on — is the knowledge that online grocery shopping is possible, and may even be preferable. 'The share price is what it is, but we're not going to ... go all Elon Musk' "Ocado has been absolutely smashing it during lockdown," Fawad Razaqzada, a financial market analyst, told Business Insider.  Daniel Coatsworth, the editor of the Shares financial-news magazine, also told Business Insider: "Any grocery company with either an inferior service, or without one at all, will be seriously looking at how they can up their game. And that's where Ocado's strengths lie." "It's easy to see why Ocado has done so well on the stock market this year." But as a result of Ocado's extraordinary rise, some wonder whether the company is overvalued. Ocado's price-to-earnings ratio — how many years of annual earnings it would take to make up its valuation — is way higher than its competitors, a common trait of tech stocks.  "The share price is what it is, but we're not going to worry about it and go all Elon Musk," Jensen said, referring to the view taken by the Tesla CEO that investors are overvaluing his company.  "We're delighted the world is seeing that opportunity, and we're embracing it vigorously and going after it. On June 11, Ocado announced it was raising £1 billion ($1.24 billion) from investors to expand its services. "The opportunity for Ocado is massive in what we do," Jensen said. "There will then will be opportunities beyond what we do." Grocer or tech firm? Ocado's cash cow is not its grocery business, but in its technology. The company owns hundreds of patents for the machinery and software that power its warehouses, from product-picking robots to item scanners that members of staff can wear on their heads. This software, and future products, can be leased to supermarkets across the world. That's where Ocado's value lies. "Investors bidding up Ocado's shares are effectively saying that its services as a provider of solutions to automate online grocery orders will be in greater demand," Coatsworth said. "There is merit in the market valuing it as a technology stock rather than as simply a grocer or delivery business." The future of online grocery shopping "At the heart of it all," Ocado says on its website, "lies our technological know-how and unparalleled IP." This stands for intellectual property — one of the most lucrative assets a tech company can own. Ocado has registered at least 350 patent applications in Europe alone, according to IP law firm Reddie and Grosse. Half concern "storing articles, individually or in orderly arrangement, in warehouses," the firm said. Dozens entail "systems and methods ... relating to logistics." Coming to America Nowhere has online grocery shopping boom been more apparent than in the US. Americans weren't big on online grocery shopping before the pandemic, with it making up just 4% of the total market. Kroger, the largest US grocer, appears keen to get a head start. It struck an exclusive partnership with Ocado 2018, and the companies already have plans to develop 20 distribution centers across the country. They have broken ground on three so far, with the locations of six more confirmed.  Smart warehouses are underway in Monroe, Ohio, where Kroger is a mainstay, and Groveland, Florida, where rivals — Publix and Target — rule the roost. "We see plenty of evidence that what we will be able to develop with Kroger will be able to push on quite an open door in terms of consumer demand," Jensen told Business Insider. No mean feat But getting Americans to shop for groceries online isn't as simple as it sounds. There has been a traditional reluctance to purchase fresh food online because people want to see what they are going to put in their mouths before they buy it. At an Amazon Fresh distribution warehouse in Washington state, a third of bananas were thrown out because each banana had to be perfect to the naked eye, an MIT study found in 2015. A 2014 Instacart training video seen by Quartz told its fruit pickers to "make sure there are no bruises, no cuts, no mold, it's not too soft, not too hard, just perfectly ripe." And as consulting firm Oliver Wyman wrote in 2019: "Customers resist the idea of having someone else pick fresh food for their family." The boom in online shopping during the pandemic could be a flash in the pan, rather than an inflection point for the industry.  Another orthodoxy about online grocery shopping is that the US is just too big to cover with online delivery. Ocado is less concerned about the challenge, however. Jensen concedes that the US is huge, but said "if you look at the distribution of the population in the US, you have about 75% of the population who live in urban or related-to-urban markets." "In that respect the US is not terribly dissimilar from any other geography around the world." Worldwide, Ocado has partnered with Kroger in the US, Sobeys in Canada, Aeon in Japan, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer in the UK, Groupe Casino in France, and ICA in Sweden. In Japan, online grocery sales doubled during its coronavirus lockdown, which is remarkable for a country that obsesses over fresh produce and food presentation. As Ocado proclaimed in its 2019 report: "We can change the way the world shops." Leading the field at the right time Coatsworth, the editor of Shares magazine, said: "What the market hasn't priced in is the likelihood of increased competition. If the opportunity is so clear for everyone to see, there will inevitably be other players entering the scene." Several competitors already exist, especially in the US. The main ones are Amazon Fresh and Instacart. Fresh Direct and Shipt, which is owned by Target, are also in the game. Amazon has tried to get online vegetable and fruit delivery to stick for some years, but with little to no success. When asked about the company, Jensen said it has been fascinating to watch. "What's interesting with Amazon is they've been in grocery for over 10 years now and they've made multiple attempts at particularly getting into the fresh grocery market, and today their market share remains very, very small," he said. "I think what that indicates is not that Amazon is not good at doing stuff, it indicates just how difficult and different grocery is." 'We don't do vanity tech projects' The Ocado vans that ferry food from warehouses to homes still bear the slogan "the online supermarket," but the company is essentially a tech company. (It successfully applied to be un-designated as a grocer by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority in 2019.) Nowhere has Ocado's performance as been more apparent than at its warehouses. Inside these warehouses, known as Customer Fulfilment Centres, cuboid "Bots" whizz back, forth, and side to side on grids known as "The Hive," depositing supermarket produce from orders. A 50-item order can be sorted by a bot, which travels through The Hive at a speed of eight meters per second, and is complete in a matter of minutes. Ocado is also transitioning from a reliance on human produce-pickers to robots.  "As we continue, we will see a greater proportion of the range picked robotically," said Jensen. He envisions "a tipping point where you get a payback with the cost of a robotic picking station versus the cost of a year of labor." "We don't do vanity tech projects," Jensen said. "We do projects because they work and they pay back." Here's what an Ocado warehouse in Andover, England, looked like in 2018: Ocado has also invested in vertical farming, billed as a more sustainable and profitable way of growing vegetables indoors.  He sees Ocado's warehouses ultimately being built alongside vertical farm facilities, which would dramatically lower costs and speed up deliveries of fruit and vegetables. Botham, of Kantar, told Business Insider that the days of Ocado being a retailer are long gone. "They see themselves as a solutions business," he said. "That's where they think their money is." Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown
The on-demand grocery app solution has gained huge momentum in the last few years.The hockey-stick growth is seen in mobile grocery shopping with increasing mobile penetration across the globe.The mobile app solution for grocery flame was already lit with heightened user’s instant gratification needs, but COVID-19 has poured diesel on the fire and the grocery sales and revenue have made new records.The profound impact is seen worldwide.The grocery delivery landscape in the US is worth around $20-$25 billion with Walmart grocery, Kroger, Shipt, Instacart, and Stater Bros-like grocery ios apps experienced a surge in sales by manifolds.The UK is projected to become the second-largest grocery market after China by 2020.With Corona’s impact, the grocery delivery service providers- Ocado, Asda, Tesco, and Sainsbury are all set to touch new heights.Canada is an emerging market for grocery industry where Canadians spend around $6.4 billion per year on the groceries shopping.Toronto, Fresh City Farms, and other Canadian grocers are witnessing the business growth by manifolds.The impressive facts have cleared up one thing, that’s the online grocery shopping habit formed and intensified due to the corona pandemic is expected to become even stickier.
Mars has noted earth's current extreme demand for vegan products and is about to launch three Vegan Society-approved variants of its Galaxy chocolate, hoping it can do in the sweets market what Greggs did in the lunch slot.There are only two bad things about this development: The vegan Galaxy bars cost £3 for 100 grams, which is laughably expensive in this day and age of enormous Poundland slabs you can barely get in your rucksack and the perpetual price-marked £1 bargains all over the regular supermarkets.Also, there's no Just Bloody Chocolate Flavour either, as Mars is launching three tediously modern flavour variants of the vegan Galaxy, in orange, caramel and salt, and hazelnut options.Tesco, Ocado and Amazon should have stocks of the vegan bars from next Monday, with hazelnut paste and rice syrup the novelty ingredients Mars is using to approximate the creamines of your usual milk chocolate.
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Global Industry Leaders Join Inkbit to Enable High-Volume Production of Precision Multi-Material PartsMEDFORD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 4, 2019–Inkbit, the company that built the first 3D printer driven by vision-based feedback control and artificial intelligence, announced today the closing of a $12M equity financing round led by Stratasys and DSM Venturing, the venture capital arm of Royal DSM, with additional participation from Ocado, 3M and Saint-Gobain.This new capital raise follows on the company’s first $2.8M round led by IMA, a leader in pharmaceutical processing equipment, closed in December of 2017.“The composition of this syndicate was chosen to maximize the speed of development and commercialization of our platform, with each investor bringing to us their unique expertise in equipment manufacturing, high-performance materials and applications in robotics, medical devices and life sciences tools.Our value proposition to customers is simple: we are adding a layer of machine vision and machine learning to material jetting, increasing its accuracy, reliability and enabling its use with production-grade materials.”
But now the project is behind schedule, according to the task assigned to the Di-Update.”It's a very complex project,” said the spokesperson, Ola Fernvall.the Total count of the Ica to invest more than 1 billion dollars in the project, which aims to give the Ica an advantage in the struggle for food on-line competitors, as a Mathem, and the Axfood's store chains Hemköp and Willys.for more than A year is marked, however, work with Ocado to the delays, according to the Di-Update.the Project will be six to nine months behind the original schedule.Ola Fernvall, the Ica's director of communications, said that it is automated, the inventory is still estimated to be completed by 2022.
The convenience and advantages associated with online grocery retail such as omni-channel experience, price advantages, in addition with faster delivery is fueling the growth of the global online grocery market.In the context of China-US trade war and global economic volatility and uncertainty, it will have a big influence on this market.Online Grocery Report by Material, Application, and Geography - Global Forecast to 2023 is a professional and comprehensive research report on the world's major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China).In this report, the global Online Grocery market is valued at USD XX million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2023, growing at a CAGR of XX% during the period 2019 to 2023.Then it analyzed the world's main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc.The major players profiled in this report include: • JD • Kirana Now • Amazon • Wal-Mart Stores Inc • Ocado Group PLC • Sainsbury PLC The end users/applications and product categories analysis: On the basis of product, this report displays the sales volume, revenue (Million USD), product price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into- • Home delivery • Click-and- collect On the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate of Online Grocery for each application, including- • Family • Business Browse Full Research Report with TOC @ Table of Contents Part I Online Grocery Industry Overview Chapter One Online Grocery Industry Overview 1.1 Online Grocery Definition 1.2 Online Grocery Classification Analysis 1.2.1 Online Grocery Main Classification Analysis 1.2.2 Online Grocery Main Classification Share Analysis 1.3 Online Grocery Application Analysis 1.3.1 Online Grocery Main Application Analysis 1.3.2 Online Grocery Main Application Share Analysis 1.4 Online Grocery Industry Chain Structure Analysis 1.5 Online Grocery Industry Development Overview 1.5.1 Online Grocery Product History Development Overview 1.5.1 Online Grocery Product Market Development Overview 1.6 Online Grocery Global Market Comparison Analysis 1.6.1 Online Grocery Global Import Market Analysis 1.6.2 Online Grocery Global Export Market Analysis 1.6.3 Online Grocery Global Main Region Market Analysis 1.6.4 Online Grocery Global Market Comparison Analysis 1.6.5 Online Grocery Global Market Development Trend Analysis Chapter Two Online Grocery Up and Down Stream Industry Analysis 2.1 Upstream Raw Materials Analysis 2.1.1 Proportion of Manufacturing Cost 2.1.2 Manufacturing Cost Structure of Online Grocery Analysis 2.2 Down Stream Market Analysis 2.2.1 Down Stream Market Analysis 2.2.2 Down Stream Demand Analysis 2.2.3 Down Stream Market Trend Analysis Part II Asia Online Grocery Industry (The Report Company Including the Below Listed But Not All) Chapter Three Asia Online Grocery Market Analysis 3.1 Asia Online Grocery Product Development History 3.2 Asia Online Grocery Competitive Landscape Analysis 3.3 Asia Online Grocery Market Development Trend Chapter Four 2014-2019 Asia Online Grocery Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and Forecast 4.1 2014-2019 Online Grocery Production Overview 4.2 2014-2019 Online Grocery Production Market Share Analysis 4.3 2014-2019 Online Grocery Demand Overview 4.4 2014-2019 Online Grocery Supply Demand and Shortage 4.5 2014-2019 Online Grocery Import Export Consumption 4.6 2014-2019 Online Grocery Cost Price Production Value Gross Margin .
Ocado is the best online supermarket app for grocery, which was established in the UK 16 years ago.It is the world’s largest dedicated online grocery supermarket with over 721,000 active users and 1300 employees at present.Working with an Instant Shop Algorithm, this app lets users to add more than 50 items in 3 minutes.This industry shift can be a great advantage for entrepreneurs looking to invest in an app like ASDA, or a Tesco groceries app clone.Startups that are looking for an Ocado app clone can get it with advanced grocery delivery app development and target the areas where grocers are yet to be online.Customers can choose from multiple payment gateways as per their convenience to pay for an order.
Tesco - best grocery delivery service app is operating the business successfully in more than 9 countries which includes the Czech Republic, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Malaysia, Poland, Slovakia, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.Apart from these countries, By a Wikipedia report, Tesco groceries app is struggling in some other countries to re-open their closed stores like France, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, and the United States.According to the Statistical report, the annual revenue of Tesco groceries has already clocked the 45 billion British pounds in the recent year and it is expecting to reach more than 78 billion British pounds by coming years.But few owners are still struggling to become a game changer of this market by investing their money into an app like ASDA or app like Ocado.If your business also needs an app like Tesco groceries, you can hire a top mobile app development company which can assist you to get perfect technology solutions for your custom requirements.Here, At Goteso, we build supermarket management software and business apps to cater to the needs of an owner.
In an effort to reduce the time your herbs and veggies spend being carted around after being picked, Ocado is investing a whole chunk of cash into sustainable vertical farms.Some of that money has been spent on buying a 58 per cent stake in Jones Food, a company that uses commercial hydroponics to grow produce in a controlled environment on stacked trays - hence, vertical farming.Jones Food Scunthorpe farm is powered by renewable energy, recycles all of its water, and doesn't use pesticides."We believe that our investments today in vertical farming will allow us to address fundamental consumer concerns on freshness and sustainability, and build on new technologies that will revolutionise the way customers access fresh produce," said Ocado's chief executive Tim Steiner."Our hope ultimately is to co-locate vertical farms within or next to our [distribution centres] and Ocado Zoom’s micro-fulfilment centres so that we can offer the very freshest and most sustainable produce that could be delivered to a customer’s kitchen within an hour of it being picked,” he added.Ocado invested the rest of the £17m in Dutch company Priva, that specialises in climate control technology, and in a US vertical farm business.
London-based sushi chain Abokado is adding a little bite to its salads, poke bowls, and hotpots with the addition of crunchy crickets to its range of 12 existing toppings."Abokado is all about customisation and offering our customers variety of different options to enhance their meals.We currently have around 12 unique toppings and dressings on offer, and this is an exciting addition to the range," said managing director, Kara Alderin (via The Caterer)."Quirky maybe, but packed with flavour and protein, these little crickets are the way forward in healthy, sustainable snacking.Abokado has always prided itself on paving the way with new ideas and this is a natural step in our innovation."Crickets have already hit UK supermarket shelves, with both Ocado and Sainsbury's stocking Eat Grub roasted crickets.
The UK government will be hoping its AI advisory board is a bit more successful than Google’s as it names the full line-up.Bringing together experts from industry, academia and data rights organisations, the ambition is to provide a guiding light for the future of artificial intelligence.Tabitha Goldstaub, co-founder of CognitionX, will chair the council which will feature the likes of Ocado CTO Paul Clarke, Kriti Sharma, the founder of AI for Good and Deepmind’s co-founder Mustafa Suleyman.The primary objective of the council will be to make the UK a leading name in the AI world.Such is the promise of the technology in terms of productivity and the creation of new services, technologists will be keen to drive innovation forward, though the dangers are also high.AI not only presents the risk of abuse through prejudice and unconscious bias, but the unknown risks should be considered as much of a danger.
Karakuri, a fledgling robotics startup that’s meshing machine learning, optics, and sensors to help commercial kitchens automate the process of dispensing ingredients and measuring precise quantities, has raised £7 million ($9.1 million) in a seed round of funding led by U.K. supermarket giant Ocado.London-based Karakuri is a product of Founders Factory, an incubator that matches investors with startups and helps with product validation, market insights, distribution, and more.Millions of people follow some form of restricted diet, whether for reasons of ethics, health, or allergies — in fact, around 4% of adults have some form of food allergy.One of Karakuri’s aims is to help commercial kitchens automate the processes involved in preparing a meal — making the preparation faster while removing human error from the equation.“Consumer eating habits in and out of the home are changing rapidly as demand increases for healthier options that match specific dietary requirements,” noted Karakuri CEO and cofounder Barney Wragg.These providers have historically relied on identically mass-produced meals to maintain their profit margins.