Morrisons (MRW) is set to help Amazon step up its grocery offering after signing a new supply agreement with the internet giant.
Hundreds of Morrisons products will be available to Amazon Prime Now and Pantry customers in the coming months. Morrisons has also agreed to take space in Ocado’s (OCDO) new customer fulfilment centre in Erith to grown its dot.com business.
Shares in Morrisons soared more than 5% to 197.9p this morning on back of its tie-up with Amazon, but Ocado plunged almost 6% to 266p despite its agreement with Morrisons. Tesco (TSCO) and Sainsbury’s (SBRY) have both been hurt by the news, with their stock falling 2.1% 180.3p and 0.7% to 251.2p respectively.
The Yorkshire-headquartered retailer said the agreement with Amazon gave it the opportunity to build a broader business which complemented its supermarkets, with the wholesale supply agreement expected to grow volumes and leverage the manufacturing, distribution and wholesale capabilities.
CEO David Potts added: “Today’s agreement is built on Morrisons unique strengths as a food maker. The combination of our fresh food expertise with Amazon’s online and logistics capabilities is compelling.
“This is a low risk and capital light wholesale supply arrangement that demonstrates the opportunity we have to become a broader business. We look forward to working with Amazon to develop and grow this partnership over the coming months.”
The amended agreement with Ocado is subject to detailed terms being agreed and will only proceed if it enables Morrisons to achieve profitable growth online.
Ocado CEO Tim Steiner said: “We are delighted to have reached an in principle agreement with Morrisons. This is a win-win arrangement which allows both of us to grow faster, and more profitably, in a grocery market where channel shift is now an unquestionable reality.
“This potential deal demonstrates Ocado has the technology and know-how to help partners grow their online businesses rapidly and successfully, and take advantage of consumers’ increasing desire for the convenience, choice, quality and value offered by online shopping and enabled by the Ocado Smart Platform.”
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