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Micro-fulfillment centers and automation will be critical for grocery chains to meet still-burgeoning demand for online orders and deliveries quickly and efficiently, according to a new report on the sector from JLL. 

“Micro-fulfillment centers (also known as MFCs) aren’t new, but they are a growing solution for many grocers,” the report notes. “MFCs provide flexibility as they are much smaller in size than a typical industrial-grade fulfillment center. They can be put into dark stores, adjacent to existing stores, or located centrally to multiple stores as a hub-and-spoke model.”

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