SKOKIE, Ill. -- Peapod, the Internet grocery retailer based here, has opened its second dedicated fulfillment center in two months, reinforcing its stated intention to move away from a store-based order-picking model. The new "consumer-direct center," located in Chicago, measures 70,000 square feet, and will be used to consolidate distribution operations from 12 other picking locations in the Chicago metropolitan area. According to John Walden, chief operating officer for Peapod, the ...

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