A local fulfillment center is compact, modular warehouse built within, or added to, a store. This term was used by Walmart, but was replaced with “market fulfillment center”. Others may use micro-fulfillment center (MFC) as an analogous term. It includes an automated replenishment system to provide automated picking of orders, storage and dispense at the store level.
It can also act as a hub for picking orders for other stores in the area and for Remote Automated Dispense sites.
Local fulfillment centers are located close to the customers so that products can be shipped quickly and transportation costs are lower.
Related terms: micro fulfillment center, nano fulfillment center, regional fulfillment center