On Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year, Amazon
reveals its newest generation fulfillment center utilizing robotics,
vision systems and high-end technology to speed up order delivery times
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 1, 2014--
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today unveiled its eighth
generation fulfillment center, which utilizes robotics, Kiva technology,
vision systems and almost 20 years’ worth of software and mechanical
innovations to fulfill holiday orders. The company is currently
operating 10 of this new generation of fulfillment centers across the
An Amazon employee picks items in the company's newest generation fulfillment center. (Photo: Business Wire)
“The Amazon fulfillment teams are dedicated to innovating in our
fulfillment centers to increase speed of delivery while enabling greater
local selection at lower costs for our customers. The advancements in
our latest fulfillment centers hit all three of these customer desires
while continuing to provide a work environment that is great for
employees,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide
operations and customer service.
Some features of Amazon’s eighth generation fulfillment center include:
Kiva robots of which Amazon currently has more than 15,000 operating
across the U.S.;
Robo-Stow, one of Earth’s largest robotic arms moving large quantities
of inventory for customer order fulfillment;
New vision systems enabling the unloading and receipt of an entire
trailer of inventory in as little as 30 minutes instead of hours; and
New, high-end graphically oriented computer systems for employees to
use while fulfilling orders for customers.
Amazon recently announced it will hire 80,000 seasonal employees to
fulfill customer orders this holiday, a 14 percent increase over last
year. The company expects that thousands of those employees will stay on
in regular, full-time roles.
View photos and videos of Amazon’s eighth generation fulfillment center here.
Learn more about Amazon’s Cyber Monday deals here.
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is
guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor
focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and
long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized
recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct
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the products and services pioneered by Amazon.
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