The Fabric microfulfillment (MFC) center resides in a warehouse in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn, an industrial pocket close by to millions of New Yorkers. This facility was formerly used as a hub for prepared food carts.
At the picking counter, a worker receives bins containing goods to pick to his left, and after picking and scanning them, will place them in a bin to his right. The picked bin is then robotically ferried back to the grid, or to be restocked as needed. The completed order bin will be shuttled to an outbound touchpoint.
Jonathan Manav is director of U.S. operations for Fabric. He says microfulfillment provides a faster and considerably more cost-effective solution for grocers to pick and pack e-commerce to go. “If you look at in-store, manual-pick grocery, it takes a picker an hour to pick an order. Here, we’re picking the same order within a few minutes. The accuracy is higher. The quality is higher," he said.
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