Kroger Installs Shop24 Robotic Store At Ohio Northern University

Shop24 Global installed a new robotic store location at Ohio Northern University. Founded in 1871, Ohio Northern University (ONU) in Ada, Ohio is a selective, private, comprehensive university, comprising five colleges with nationally ranked arts, sciences and professional programs. 

Kroger, Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the nation's largest grocery retailers. The Kroger Co. spans many states with store formats that include grocery and multi-department stores, convenience stores and mall jewelry stores. They operate under nearly two dozen banners, all of which share the same belief in building strong local ties and brand loyalty with our customers.  Kroger will now own and operate this new Shop24 store location providing yet one more option of convenience to their customers.

The Shop24 ultra convenience store is a self-contained, refrigerated and robotic convenience store designed to enable 24/7/365 consumer purchasing. Originally operated in Europe and the east coast of the U.S., Shop24 brings an innovative idea to ultra-convenience, dispensing a variety of items such as snacks, cleaning supplies, medicine and even full meals closer to the customer and in a fraction of the time it takes to go to and shop at a traditional convenience store. The more than nine-foot-tall machine offers up to 200 traditional convenience-store items ranging in weight from less than 1 ounce to 8 pounds. Shop24 accepts different methods of payment including cash, credit cards, debit cards, and supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) cards 24 hours a day, as well as many student meal cards.

"It's exciting to see Kroger install a Shop24 at their first University location. This is a terrific brand extension opportunity for Kroger and a fantastic 24 hour retail convenience for the ONU students," said Jason Santoro, regional vice president for Shop24 Global, LLC in a prepared statement.

Experts say there is a huge market for this type of ultra-convenience store and it is the wave of the future for the convenience store shopping experience. These stores even create the need for more jobs with the addition of delivery drivers, distributions centers, and managers. Shop24 does not discount the need for grocery and convenience stores, but knows that consumers want to have their purchases quickly in this fast paced world.

To learn more about Shop24, please visit the website: or call: 866-973-2424.