UK-based online grocery technology business Ocado Solutions has entered an agreement to develop Auchan Retail Poland’s online business.

Auchan Poland and Ocado will develop a customer fulfilment centre (CFC) to serve the Warsaw region from 2024.

The partners also plan to develop additional CFCs in the future.

Auchan Poland will deploy Ocado’s In-Store Fulfilment (ISF) software across its hypermarkets nationwide to expedite item picking for both its food and non-food businesses.

In addition, Ocado will offer its Ocado Smart Platform’s (OSP) end-to-end software platform and a suite of engineering and support services to support the development of Auchan Poland’s digital platform.

Ocado Group CEO Tim Steiner said: “We are pleased to bring a second Auchan business to our global platform, and to welcome Auchan Poland to the club of innovative and forward-looking retailers who are using the Ocado Smart Platform to power their online grocery business.

“Today though, we recognise that this announcement comes at a very difficult time for everyone in Poland, including many cherished colleagues working in our technology development centres in Wrocław, Krakow and elsewhere.

“The human tragedy unfolding in Ukraine, and the refugee crisis along its borders, has shocked the world.

“My thoughts, and those of everyone at Ocado Group, are with the Ukrainian people and everyone impacted by Russia’s invasion of their country.”

Auchan Retail Poland CEO Gérard Gallet said: “The development of e-commerce services is our priority direction, which we have been consistently pursuing for years, and recently especially intensively.

“The partnership agreement with Ocado Solutions is the best proof of our commitment.

“I am convinced that the introduction of such innovative and forward-looking solutions will be a significant step for our company on the way to achieving the leading position in the e-grocery market in Poland.”

Last month, Ocado Group extended its partnership with French mass-market retail firm Groupe Casino.