Look Inside Amazon's Giant Warehouses Ahead Of The Coming Christmas Rush
As some of us start counting down to Christmas, tens of thousands of Amazon workers are getting to work packaging millions of products bought from the giant online retailer.
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To handle all of this, Amazon has more than 80 massive distribution centres, which put together, comprise more square footage than 700 Madison Square Gardens and could hold more water than 10,000 Olympic swimming pools.The following pictures show what it's like inside five of Amazon's factories, located in the US, the UK, Germany, and Poland. The figures are compiled from statista.com, DMR, and Michael Hyatt. Advertisement
This article was based on a previous post written by Joshua Barrie.
These boxes help contribute to Amazon's global net revenue, which is more than £47 billion.
But it wouldn't make anything without its employees, which number well over 100,000.Advertisement
They help package everything up. Amazon's outbound shipping costs are just over £2 billion.
Contributing to a brand value of around £28 billion.Advertisement
Every month, more than 160 million people visit Amazon's websites.
Which helps grow its year-over-year revenue by 22%.Advertisement
In the US, Amazon.com's online user reach is 72%.
Helping its huge web services operation.Advertisement
When its sites go down, bad things happen.
When Amazon.com failed for 49 minutes in 2013, Amazon lost nearly £3.6 million.Advertisement
Some of its customers would have been upset.
Particularly its 20 million Amazon Prime users.Advertisement
The Prime service, which costs extra, means items stored in one of its 89 warehouses arrive quicker — sometimes on the same day.
In the future, some products might even be delivered by drone.Advertisement
A lot of those items would've been sold on Amazon Marketplace. One billion last year, for example.
While on Cyber Monday in 2013, Amazon sold 426 items a second.Advertisement
As well as its huge number of employees, Amazon also has thousands of robots helping out.
By the end of this year, it expects to have well over 10,000.Advertisement
Of course, Amazon started with one man in a Washington garage.
Jeff Bezos set up Amazon as an online bookstore in 1994.Advertisement
He now heads up a company that has unique users 5x more valuable than eBay's.
Amazon hasn't lost it's booky roots, though.Advertisement
Every year, it makes billions from book sales alone.
A massive part of Amazon's 2015 book sales is its Kindle service, obviously.Advertisement
Today, there are 70,000 Kindle books written in Spanish. Far more in English.
In Q4 of 2013, 5.8 million Kindles were shipped.Advertisement
Helping forge a market share of 7.6% in the same quarter.
Many of these books are read on a Kindle Fire.Advertisement
9 million were sold in 2013 alone.
There are 600,000 eBooks in Amazon's unlimited Kindle library.Advertisement
Tech analyst Michael Hyatt explains Amazon's Kindle Fire saw about 50,000 daily preorders.
Nearly double Apple's iPad, he says.Advertisement
And the S3 cloud platform meanwhile can store 82 books for everyone on earth.
That many books would be enough to save a forest 2x the size of the US' largest forest in Alaska.Advertisement
Controversially though, at one time Amazon sold its Kindles at a £3 loss, according to Michael Hyatt.
It can afford to.Advertisement
Its annual revenues are larger than the GDPs of half the countries in the world.
Such as Honduras, Rwanda, and even Iceland.Advertisement
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