The global micro fulfillment market size was exhibited at USD 3.53 billion in 2022 and is projected to hit around USD 113.84 billion by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 41.53% during the forecast period 2023 to 2032.
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A micro fulfillment canter (MFC) is a both small and large-scale storage facility which is used by almost every industry, e-commerce venture, and general stores to stock their material and inventory located near the end customer so they can save time and cost. These MFC warehouses are currently highly automated and supporting to grow operational efficiency in developed countries. These MFC centers are highly popular in e-commerce strategies, is a productive way to connect the developing geographical nature of e-commerce demand, rising volumes, and the increasing demand for the fastest delivery at the doorstep. A study found that the micro fulfillment market is expected to have a great opportunity worth USD 36 Bn in upcoming years by 2030 with an installed base of 6700 micro fulfillment canter if the advanced technology and concept remain permanent. Years 2022 and 2023 are yet to be the milestone for the micro fulfillment market touching a billion-dollar mark.
The COVID-19 pandemic had a favorable impact on the global micro-fulfillment market. As people could not buy products physically due to the nationwide lockdown so they are more likely to use online grocery from various e-commerce sites which impacted the growth of the market. These e-commerce sites altered the buying pattern by providing excellent service at their doorstep during the pandemic.
Report Scope of the Micro Fulfillment Market
|Market Size in 2022||USD 3.53 Billion|
|Market Size by 2032||USD 113.84 Billion|
|Growth Rate from 2023 to 2032||CAGR of 41.53%|
|Forecast Period||2023 to 2032|
|Largest Market||North America|
|Segments Covered||By Technology, By Warehouse Size, By End-User|
|Regions Covered||North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa
Driver: increasing use of micro fulfillment centers in e-groceries driving the market growth.
The increasing use of micro fulfillment services e-Grocery companies driving market growth. The MFC centers are rapidly increasing in e-commerce and e-grocery strategies, the online e-grocery platforms provide their customers with the service of products and groceries with the help of small and medium-sized MFC centers which deliver the products to their doorstep these factors are expected to drive the micro fulfillment market. The market is driven by major e-commerce companies such as Amazon, Walmart, Kroger, Alibaba, and Ocado across the globe. Additionally, the end users like manufacturing industries, e-commerce platforms, and general stores are rapidly increasing their need for services from MFC which desires their safe, rapid, and in-time deliveries is driving the micro fulfillment market growth.
Restraint: The centers for fulfillment are situated far from the city
The current centers for fulfillment are located far from the main city which slightly hampers the micro fulfillment market; due to this the logistics and transportation have an extra additional cost as well as take more delivery time as compared to customers’ expectations, especially in e-commerce, grocery and food and beverages industry. The fulfillment centers need large spaces to store materials of companies because there’s not much space in residential areas so the warehouses are installed out of the city for operations, but this cost-consuming and time-consuming factor impacts the micro fulfillment market.
Opportunity: Technological advancement in micro fulfillment centers creating opportunities
The technological advancements in micro fulfillment centers such as automation and robotics utilization are creating ample opportunities for new players and the MFC market. An automated mobile robot is a type of robot that is programmed by algorithms that understand and move through its location without being overseen by an operator, and riches to the path. The micro fulfillment industry and logistic ventures are looking for new and innovative ways to increase their design, increase speed, and enhance speed and precision. Many micro-fulfillment companies turn to AMRs for help. AMRs use a set of sensors, programs, algorithms, AI, and machine learning for path planning to navigate through the working place. A piece-picking robot is a type of robot which automatically picks and drops material from stock containers to an order collection conveyer. The piece-picking robots work on full automation which helps to save time and cost. The engineers are focusing to design more speedy and safe robots due to increased demand from warehouses. These opportune factors will rapidly drive the micro-fulfillment market across the globe.
Challenge: Labor challenges
A major obstacle to digital transformation and the accelerated adoption of automated warehouse procedures is the high turnover rates brought on by a lack of qualified employees and rising minimum salaries. Utilizing unique algorithms, labour management software may identify behaviors that can point to an employee who is on leave. Operators can then act to keep top players or proactively swap them with systems based on real-time labour optimization findings.
Based on the technology, the global micro fulfillment services market is segmented into the traditional warehouse management system, mobile AMR (autonomous mobile robot), and piece-picking robots. Traditional warehouses i.e., standard everyone ones, are the facilities that everyone has been developing for many years. The traditional WMS works in a non-automated way, the entire operations of the company is done by the workers. For instance, the company has to recruit people and train them according to the work. On the other hand, rapid advancements in technology like artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics. An autonomous mobile robot is a type of robot programmed by algorithms that understand and move through its location without being overseen by an operator, and predetermined path. The micro fulfillment industry and logistic ventures are looking for new and innovative ways to increase its design, and enhance speed, and precision. Many micro-fulfillment companies are turning to AMRs for help. AMRs use a set of sensors, programs, algorithms, AI, and machine learning for path planning to navigate through the working place. A piece-picking robot is a type of robot that automatically picks and drops material from stock containers to and order collection conveyer. The piece-picking robots work on full automation which helps to save time and cost. The engineers are focusing to design more speedy and safe robots due to increased demand from warehouses.
Warehouse Size Insights
Based on Warehouse size, the global micro-fulfillment market is segmented into small size and large size warehouses. The small size of micro fulfillment warehouses makes them supreme for development in hubs like in Cities, suburban areas, and metropolitan places. This consumer's nearby location will support the center to reach faster to the end user. In small size warehouses more than 50% of micro fulfillment installations are targeted for centers having sizes between 5,000 square ft. to 10,000 sq. ft. these warehouse centers involve fully automated storage facilities nearby the end user. There are a lot of companies that are investing heavily in shipping infrastructure such as Walmart has opened over 5000 small stores in the U.S. to deliver orders more quickly. On the other hand, amazon invested billions in developing the infrastructure and USD 1.5 billion in a Kentucky air hub. On the other hand, the large size of warehouse centers contains more than 300, 00 square ft. range but it is larger depending on the size of the work. Large-size fulfillment centers have space to keep a huge number of materials and inventory, which might last for several years of operations and might not be filled up as often. For instance, Nike's fulfillment center is 2.8 million square ft. and amazon has 3.6 million square ft. in Tennessee. These large-sized fulfilments are installed far away from the residential areas.
Based on End-User, the global micro-fulfillment market is segmented into E-Commerce sites, industrialists, and general stores. The e-commerce sector had the highest revenue share in 2021, and it is expected to dominate the market in the forecast period as the increasing use of E-commerce sites among people. Additionally, some of the major companies are highly investing in small warehouses such as Amazon, Walmart, and Alibaba. The pandemic surged the growth of e-commerce systems and micro-fulfillment warehouses also. On the other hand, industrialists are also turning towards micro fulfillment services as they need to store their materials and inventory. Industries are using large-scale warehouses as they have a lot of material but lack storing space. General stores are taking help of small warehouses to buy goods for that reason the micro fulfillment service provides the fastest in-time delivery to stores which helps to grow the store income.
North America held the largest revenue share in 2021 owing to its well-developed infrastructure and awareness of e-commerce among a large population. The regional market is also anticipated to be driven by the rising number of online buyers, fast services, and heavy investments by companies.
The rise in the number of e-commerce users, who are more likely to deliver quality products, doorstep delivery, refunds, discounts, and services is anticipated to hold a sizable revenue share throughout the forecast period. Micro fulfillment center installation will grow more than 10x by 2030 from the current installed year of 50 in 2021.
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Segments Covered in the Report
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