As online grocery shopping continues to grow, Jewel-Osco opened its first micro-fulfillment center Tuesday in southwest suburban Westmont, taking a page out of the game-changing Amazon playbook.
Located in a former Hobby Lobby next to a bricks-and-mortar Jewel store, the high-tech, 20,000-square-foot warehouse will be able to fill 1,000 online orders a day, expediting grocery deliveries to shoppers within 20 miles.
“This MFC (micro-fulfillment center) carries approximately 6,500 items, which will cover about 60% of what you’d normally see in an online order,” Mike Withers, president of Jewel-Osco, said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony also attended by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. “Then the rest of the order will be selected from the Jewel-Osco that’s adjacent to this building.”Chicago Tribune