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Kroger announces partnership with Google Cloud Platform

RBR Staff Writer Published 10 November 2017

Supermarket chain Kroger said its cloud computing portfolio is expanding with Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Google Cloud Platform and portfolio of products, services and tools will help Kroger in modernizing its operations.

The portfolio can bring a new level of capability that can enable Kroger in speeding up the delivery of new technology-based innovations that help in better serving its customers and to grow its business.

Kroger is now creating a cloud enablement team to manage this portfolio. This new team will include Kroger Technology associates and external recruits.

It will focus on various aspects of cloud computing such as product management; private and public cloud engineering and operations; cloud architecture; code infrastructure; automation; and security architecture. 

Kroger chief information officer Chris Hjelm 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.

"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. 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."

CNBC reported that Kroger joins other retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target who want to avoid Amazon Web Services, as Amazon is their major online competitor.

AWS reportedly holds 34% of the cloud infrastructure market, while Microsoft’s Azure holds 12%, IBM 8% and Google Cloud Platform holds 5% of the market.

Image: Kroger to use Google and Microsoft’s cloud platform. Photo: Courtesy of Derek Jensen (Tysto)/Wikipedia.