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December 1, 2012

What it looks like inside Amazon












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This reminded me of one holiday season about 10 years ago when I worked at the mailing depot used by a number of popular catalogs to make some extra cash. Little buckets would travel on tracks near the ceiling around this huge warehouse, resembling a roller coaster as they dipped down to collect all the bits and pieces of the order. UPC codes from the order form would be read by scanners and the bucket sent from area to area for items to be placed in the bucket. Once complete, it would be sent to a shipping area (my specialty!) for final compilation, packing, and sealing ready for mailing. Everything worked on a 45 minute cycle, where one was expected to pack and wrap a certain number of orders. When the 45 minutes was up, BING!, another new batch to be packed up was delivered to your work area by the roller tracks and god forbid if you weren't finished your earlier batch. I'd like to see how it works now 10 years later -- it seemed quite amazing then, but I can imagine it's much more space-age now.

Posted by: Frances | Dec 3, 2012 4:29:25 PM

The staggering enormity of it had me flashing on this...I wonder if I'm the only one...


Posted by: Flautist | Dec 2, 2012 7:35:56 PM

The second to last picture reminded me of the last scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Posted by: tlc | Dec 2, 2012 8:43:42 AM

another approach -


Posted by: sherlock | Dec 2, 2012 1:58:46 AM

It is a wonder to me that in all these years of easily 50 orders a year, Amazon has screwed up exactly one order!

Posted by: Whmom2 | Dec 1, 2012 11:20:09 PM

I love the "?" on the piller!

Posted by: JoePeach | Dec 1, 2012 6:49:24 PM

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