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Micro Fulfillment Center (MFC)

A micro fulfillment center (MFC) is an automated fulfillment center, with footprints typically ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 square feet, with some as small as 5,000 square feet. MFCs can be co-housed inside an existing store or placed in a smaller warehouse space in an urban location. Micro fulfillment centers help reduce transportation costs and enable shorter delivery times because they are located closer to customers.

MFCs have two main components: physical infrastructure, including robots that pick items from storage aisles and shuttle them to packing staff, and software management systems, that process online orders.

MFCs also help to reduce costs associated with an order when compared with manual picking of the order.

The video above shows the Alphabot® System from Alert Innovation, which helps to automate order fulfillment at an e-Grocery micro-fulfillment center.

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