Incoming goods arrive from the same warehouses and, on arrival at the store, are tagged either for the store up front or the MFC, Cummings explains. That means no incremental deliveries or new routing logistics for delivery vendors. “Synergies between the store and MFC are connected, so we can offer a bigger catalog than our competitors,” he adds.
The heart of the operation is a robotic racking system housing 6,600 totes, designed by Atlanta-based Knapp and operated by Takeoff’s software. “It’s like a Vegas hotel — long hallways and elevators,” Cummings quips.