80 huge regional warehouses



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80 huge regional warehouses

  • 80 huge regional warehouses

  • “fulfillment centers”

  • Each close to shipping hub



One of Four in Phoeniz

  • One of Four in Phoeniz



Loading docks from 1 to infinity

  • Loading docks from 1 to infinity



Make History

  • Make History



Get metal detected

  • Get metal detected



Of American industrial process power…

  • Of American industrial process power…

  • And software



















They have “everything”

  • They have “everything”

  • How does one organize and keep track of everything?

  • A first class COMP 523 project



Every box incoming scanned into software system, virtual record for every item

  • Every box incoming scanned into software system, virtual record for every item



Items “filed” onto shelves wherever workers find space.

  • Items “filed” onto shelves wherever workers find space.

  • Shelf barcode is scanned and item location saved in system



Like hashing into buckets, a little

  • Like hashing into buckets, a little

  • But no hash, just buckets



Volleyball in with 2 packs of gum balls

  • Volleyball in with 2 packs of gum balls

  • No there is no rhyme or reason



Now what?

  • Now what?

  • Items in the order generate retrieval instructions

  • “Pickers” dispatched to go gather items from the chaos



Might walk 10-15 miles a day

  • Might walk 10-15 miles a day

  • Scanner sends to the exact shelf location for the item

  • Directed by various orders being compiled by pickers all over

  • Optimized path is computed bin to bin, aisle to aisle



Items found off shelf go in bins for re-entry later

  • Items found off shelf go in bins for re-entry later



Picker carts end up here



Built orders go to packing



They call it the “slam” line

  • They call it the “slam” line

  • because…



Mailing labels “slammed” onto the packages after weighing

  • Mailing labels “slammed” onto the packages after weighing



Address labels guide conveyors

  • Address labels guide conveyors

  • Orange sliders push package down the right chute to shipping bundles for various shippers, destinations



A Day In the Life of Amazon

  • A Day In the Life of Amazon

  • Travel with an item point to point

  • Fun Facts to Know and Tell

  • Work Campers



A Kiva Managed Warehouse

  • A Kiva Managed Warehouse

  • Discovery channel on Kiva

  • BettyBot at Quiet Logistics

  • Quiet Logistics II



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