October 1


Factory Photo Tour of Amazon Shipping

Amazon.com has been an internationally acclaimed online retailing powerhouse for more than 2 decades. Yet, what many people don’t know is that the company owes a majority of its massive success to a million-square-foot factory shipping warehouse in Robbinsville, New Jersey. Staff work along highly advanced computers and robots around the clock to identify, sort, package, and ship goods all over the world. It is the 21st century model of efficiency, and a one-of-a-kind endeavor.

A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in Golden, Colorado in this July 23, 2008 file photo. Amazon.com Inc's quarterly earnings beat Wall Street's most bullish expectations as the world's largest Internet retailer brought costs under control, sending its shares up almost 15 percent. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)

The Process

First, the products arriving to the warehouse are identified by computers which quickly catalogues the product’s size and weight into the tracking system. Next, human workers, assisted by 2,000+ robots, stock shelves with the merchandise according to a highly specified ordering system. When it comes time for shipping, the robots give the humans the perfect shipping boxes and all the necessary implements for maximum shipping efficiency. Then, before the product goes out to shipping trucks, a final check is made to ensure the correct product is going to the correct destination.

Amazon’s New Jersey warehouse is a well-oiled machine, because they realize just how important efficiency and quick delivery are to the success of their business.

Read and see more at Innovation Daily. 

What technological improvements have you made to your company processes to help your team become more efficient and productive? What can be gleaned from Amazon’s innovative style that will benefit us in our own businesses?


Photo Credit: Lauren Lancaster, Amazon.com


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