Kroger Co. goes all in on its cloud strategy

A strategic partnership will help the nation's largest supermarket operator expand its cloud strategy — and accelerate its digital initiatives.

The Kroger Co. is expanding its cloud computing portfolio with Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The partnership gives the supermarket retailer access to products, services and tools that will help Kroger modernize its operations.

Specifically, the grocer will use the portfolio to support is Kroger Restock Plan, a strategy that leverages the company’s food expertise and data analytics to create new and highly-relevant customer experiences delivered both digitally and in stores. By merging GCP with agreements with Microsoft and Pivotal, the portfolio provides a new level of capability that will help the grocer’s tech lab, Kroger Technology, accelerate delivery of new technology-based innovations to better serve customers and grow the business.

All tools will be available for Kroger and its subsidiaries, the company said.

"The adoption of Google Cloud Platform signals our commitment to positioning Kroger as an industry leader for digital programs such as ship-to-home and home delivery," said Chris Hjelm, Kroger's CIO.

"Kroger Technology has been working to accelerate our ability to deliver our business the tools and technology-enabled services that support growth as outlined in our Restock Kroger Plan,” he added. “The expansion of our cloud computing portfolio will be a foundational cornerstone to current and future initiatives that will drive measurable business value by advancing Kroger's ability to offer the digital and e-commerce services our customers want most.”

To manage the portfolio, Kroger is creating a cloud enablement team comprised of specialized talent, including Kroger Technology associates and external recruits. The group will focus on different aspects of cloud computing, including product management; private and public cloud engineering and operations; cloud architecture; code infrastructure; automation; and security architecture, according to the grocer.