Sobeys Brings Online Grocery Shopping to Canada

Canadians get ready to shop your groceries online by 2020. Sobeys Inc. the second largest food retailer in Canada, recently inked a deal with Ocado Group to use its technology to create an e-commerce platform for groceries. The partnership will ultimately see the company operate a fleet of delivery vans and an automated warehouse in the Greater Toronto Area.

Sobeys Food Retailer

Sobeys Partners Ocado Group

Just yesterday, 22 January, Sobeys announced that it has inked a deal with UK-based Ocado Group, to bring the “world’s leading online grocery ordering, automated fulfilment and home delivery solution to Canada” by 2020.

In simple terms, Sobey’s agreement with Ocado is to have the retailer run its end-to-end online grocery shopping business on the group’s digital platform, Ocado Smart Platform.

“Sobeys intends to play to win in Canadian online grocery shopping,” We are very excited to bring this best-in-the-world grocery e-commerce experience to Canadian customers,” said Sobeys CEO, Michael Medline in a statement.

“This unique and innovative Sobeys and Ocado experience will offer consumers the biggest selection, freshest products and most reliable delivery available anywhere on the planet,” Medline added. Our end-to-end e-commerce solution will allow Sobeys to build an online offer in a manner that is profitable and creates exceptional value for our customers, investors and supplier partners”.

Ocado Happy with the Deal

The CEO of Ocado Group, Tim Steiner, said the company was delighted to partner with “one of the leaders in North American groceries retailing.

Sobeys is a highly successful and much admired Canadian business and we are proud that they have chosen Ocado Solutions to partner with to build their online grocery business,” enthused Steiner.

About Sobeys Inc.

Sobeys is one of Canada’s biggest food retailers headquartered in Nova Scotia. Established in 1907, Sobeys has 1500 stores and more than 125 000 employees in all provinces.

Partnering with the on-demand Ocado is an excellent move for the retailer because already the group has assisted in the drive for online shopping in Britain – this goes beyond selling video games and books.

Moreover, the location for the customer fulfilment centre for Sobeys and Ocado is still to be announced. Stay tuned to Maple Casino for more news.