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Aeon to build smart warehouse with aid of UK grocer Ocado

Chiba facility, slated to open in 2023, will utilize AI and robots

Conveyer belts transport crates filled with packed bags inside the Ocado Customer Fulfilment Centre in Hatfield on the outskirts of London. Aeon will tap the British company's expertise.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese retail group Aeon is building an automated warehouse that uses artificial intelligence and robots in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo to help manage stock and deliveries from online shopping, company sources said on Wednesday.

Aeon will join forces with Ocado to construct the automated warehouse by using the British online supermarket's expertise to build an advanced logistics system. The warehouse will be ready in 2023, the sources said. Going online is a key pillar of growth for Aeon.

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