Fulfillment

Amazon’s insane warehouses –

Amazon’s warehouses work on a system called ‘chaotic storage’ (also known as ‘random storage’) which is based on the principle that incoming goods to the warehouse are placed on whatever empty shelf space is found – no form of order or categorization exists. Each shelf space and product has a unique barcode and so the staff use a computer system to find each item.
This means that the worker’s work is reduced to walking around the warehouse based on a gps system to locate the products needed. Seemingly inefficient, this system is actually overall a huge time-saver as the computer calculates the optimal route between a worker and the desired item and the amount of training and responsibility required of workers is reduced to a minimum. Basically the work is taken out of the human’s hands. The average Amazon worker can walk up to 15 miles a day in the warehouse.

What’s great is that Amazon calls these warehouses – “Fulfillment Centres”

The City of Fulfillment?

Financial Times article on the warehouses –

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/ed6a985c-70bd-11e2-85d0-00144feab49a.html#slide0

Video of process –

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/49958624#49958624

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One Response to Fulfillment

  1. Madeleine Kessler says:

    Bikes!! It’s also worth checking out the British Library (one of the largest, if not the largest, libraries in the world) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8393710.stm