Feb 7, 2019

Inside Ocado's burning robotic warehouse

Walking into the first chamber of Ocado's robot warehouse system in May, I was immediately struck by three things: how cold it was, how enormous it was, and how quiet. I had been hassling the grocery retailer Ocado for months for a tour of its Andover warehouse in the south of the UK. No visits were planned, the press officer kept telling me. Ocado's chief technology officer Paul Clarke was proud of his "Friends", the swarm robots. Other supermarkets were extremely interested in the Ocado blueprint. I spoke to a contact at Ocado who expressed shock at how the fire had spread so fast.

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