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 –
Video of process –