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An interesting piece for a number of reasons, including robots picking groceries; references to machine learning and quantum computing; as well as the interesting (Amazon-like) diversification for Ocado into supply of "the hive". (I've never considered investing in Ocado, but maybe I'll do some digging into it.)

With about $1.4 billion in 2016 sales, the British e-commerce firm is the world's largest online-only grocery chain. Founded in 2000, some 12 years before Instacart, it has since innovated its way through brutally complex logistical problems.

"We're dealing with 50,000 kinds of products, three temperature regimes, products that have to be segregated," says CTO Paul Clarke.

Ocado built a solution from scratch over its 17 year-existence, one more specialized than any used by typical e-commerce firms because of the added complexity of handling food.

I'll be keeping a look out for their driverless delivery trucks, as that trial is taking place in my part of London. I'm interested to know how it will work, e.g. presumably the person taking delivery will need to unload their own groceries from the delivery truck (?)

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