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Alexa, ask Ocado to add tea to my trolley

Alexa, ask Ocado to add tea to my trolley

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For many years, the e-commerce team at Ocado Technology has been proudly pushing the boundaries of software development by releasing the most comprehensive and intuitive grocery shopping apps for iOS, watchOS and Android. Today, we are very excited to add a new platform to our line-up as Ocado is officially releasing a skill for Alexa, […]

The software routing 260,000 grocery deliveries a week

The software routing 260,000 grocery deliveries a week

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If you’re a computer science aficionado, you may be familiar with the travelling salesman problem: given a list of different cities and the distances between them, how can a salesman visit each city once using the shortest possible route and then end up back where he started. This is possibly the most popular example of […]

An insight into learning representations – ICLR 2017

An insight into learning representations – ICLR 2017

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I was pleased to discover that the topics discussed at this year’s International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR 2017) tie in closely with some of the key projects the 10x team are working on day-to-day at Ocado Technology. 10x focuses on creating transformational improvements that have the potential to revolutionise our business; this article offers […]

Four reasons to be happy about the release of Kubernetes 1.7

Four reasons to be happy about the release of Kubernetes 1.7

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We’ve been keen advocates of Kubernetes since its inception, and the latest release has piqued our interest even more. As the container management system has been adopted in more production environments, it has continued to deliver significant improvements and upgrades, demonstrating that the Kubernetes community isn’t likely to become complacent anytime soon. Kubernetes was initially […]

Analysing UX to give Code for Life a makeover

Analysing UX to give Code for Life a makeover

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Now the Code for Life initiative has reached the 100,000 registered users landmark and our bigger and better website is live, we thought we would take a look at how the team approached user research and the role this has played in our recent updates. Why bother with UX? A UI (user interface) designer decides […]

Ocado Technology and the GATEway Project organise UK’s first driverless grocery delivery

Ocado Technology and the GATEway Project organise UK’s first driverless grocery delivery

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Ocado Technology has concluded a very successful driverless grocery delivery trial in partnership with the GATEway Project, an £8 million research project led by TRL in collaboration with Oxbotica (the spin-out company from the Oxford Robotics Institute), Digital Greenwich, Telefonica and others. Over the past two weeks, the electric self-driving van, called CargoPod, has been hitting […]

Creating a distributed data centre architecture using Kubernetes and containers

Creating a distributed data centre architecture using Kubernetes and containers

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The seed for this project was first planted when a question was posed while brainstorming ideas around a whiteboard: What if we could break up our CFC’s  data centre into smaller nodes? If the CFC (Customer Fulfilment Centre) name doesn’t ring a bell, that’s what we call the highly automated warehouses where our groceries are […]

Our five favourite talks from iOSCon 2017

Our five favourite talks from iOSCon 2017

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iOSCon is a very relevant event for our mobile dev team who are responsible for developing, testing and improving the Ocado iOS and watchOS apps. The conference, designed specifically for iOS developers, is a jam packed event brimming with hot topics including efficient uses of Swift (the programming language developed by Apple), product design, accessibility […]

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