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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Kroger Creates Partnership with UC for Innovation

Note other partnerships methioned in the last paragraph such as with Centrifuse.

Kroger creates partnership to boost innovation in Winsight Grocery Business

Kroger will work with the University of Cincinnati to launch an innovation hub staffed with engineers and software developers. The hub's goals will be to create systems that improve the customer experience and to nurture tech talent, said Kroger executive   ...  Chris Hjelm.

Kroger to Open Innovation Center at University of Cincinnati
Restock-fueled initiative will provide creative space for developers to work with faculty, students

The Kroger Co. has revealed its plans to operate an innovation lab out of the University of Cincinnati (UC) in a move that company officials say is fueled by Restock Kroger. 

Kroger plans to staff its lab, located in UC's new 1819 Innovation Hub, with research and development engineers and software developers who will work closely with UC faculty as well as student co-op members and interns. 

Chris Hjelm, Kroger's EVP and chief information officer, said the effort is another way the company is investing to create the "now and future of retail," and it will provide the Kroger Technology team with a "creative space to partner and develop solutions to redefine the grocery customer experience."

"The 1819 Innovation Hub is a coworking community where we will build and discover the next generation of technology and talent," Hjelm said. "Our vision is to create a talent pipeline that supports our business and positions the region as a place for digital and technology students and professionals."

Additionally, Kroger Technology is partnering with the  Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's "Cincy Is IT" initiative to bring top tech experts into the area and support Cincinnati-based Cintrifuse, a public-private partnership that works to stimulate growth in the Midwest through innovation delivered by startups. .... " 

By Rebekah Marcarelli  

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