Christmas Inside An Amazon Warehouse

This is the Amazon UK warehouse a week before Christmas. Click to enlarge. That is a lot of freaking merchandise. How do they handle it all? Answer: Get the small things right, then scale huge. — BEN POPKEN

XMAS AT AMAZON [The Cool Hunter via Gizmodo]

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  1. AcilletaM says:

    And a very, very good warehouse management system telling them exactly where everything is so picking can be smooth and efficient.

    Something my bosses obviously know nothing about since we had such a system but now the operations managers routinely gut. Morons.

  2. Chairman-Meow says:

    If you look carefully you can see the box that contains the Ark of the Covenent, just like at the end of the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    (I wonder if you can actually order that from Amazon hmmm……)

  3. levenhopper says:

    I’m amazed that I’ve never, ever had an order pulled incorrectly from amazon.com before…and I order something about once a week…

  4. junkmail says:

    Good grief… gimme five minutes in there, that’s all I ask…

  5. homerjay says:

    I’ve seen this picture before- possibly on Gizmodo. People were pointing out the fact that its a week before Christmas and there’s only two people picking orders.

  6. ElizabethD says:

    That is one vast warehouse, and the guy on foot looks a bit incongruous. Wouldn’t it go faster if the pickers’ carts incorporated a motorized scooter-type attachment? Or maybe that would cause accidents in the aisles.

  7. If you look carefully you can see the box that contains the Ark of the Covenent…

    Front_Towards_Enemy, I was thinking the exact same thing!

    Still, this doesn’t explain why two items ordered on the same day can be delivered at such vastly different times when they are both supposedly “in stock. Ships in 24 hours.”

  8. Michael says:

    Crayonshinobi, is this two different items shipped from the same warehouse? Amazon in North America ships from Arizona, Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky, Nevada, Washington, Pennsylvania and Texas. I’m near DC, and if I order books I usually get those from the Kentucky warehouse, and other stuff tends to come to me from Pennsylvania. (I never get anything from Delaware, so I wonder what they serve from there?)

  9. Michael says:

    By the way, is this just an (admittedly very large) area for easy access to the most popular items? It’s hard to imagine they have this huge warehouse and don’t use vertical space at all. Quite a contrast to the Newegg’s warehouses.

  10. Michael says:

    Oops, I left Ontario out of my list of North American warehouses. Sorry, Canada!

  11. lazyazz says:

    The cool hunter pic is a little different – different time, wider aspect:

    http://www.thecoolhunter.net/lifestyle/XMAS-AT-AMAZON/