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CNN has a story about how "Walmart, Albertsons, Stop & Shop, Meijer, Hy-Vee and others are building automated mini-warehouses inside their stores and opening up 'dark stores' - locations that look like supermarkets but are closed to customers - to make deliveries and prepare pickup orders."

The goal is simple - find a way to fulfill growing customer demand for online shopping while not congesting the aisles of traditional stores. In addition, experts say that it is less expensive to deliver from micro-fulfillment centers than it is from traditional warehouses - which is important in a business where margins already are tight.

The story offers numerous examples of how these chains are growing their dark store movement.
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