Exclusive: Amazon rolls out machines that pack orders and replace jobs

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  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    Exclusive: Amazon rolls out machines that pack orders and replace jobs - Reuters

    Amazon.com Inc is rolling out machines to automate a job held by thousands of its workers: boxing up customer orders.

    The company started adding technology to a handful of warehouses in recent years, which scans goods coming down a conveyor belt and envelops them seconds later in boxes custom-built for each item, two people who worked on the project told Reuters.

    Amazon has considered installing two machines at dozens more warehouses, removing at least 24 roles at each one, these people said. These facilities typically employ more than 2,000 people.

    That would amount to more than 1,300 cuts across 55 U.S. fulfillment centers for standard-sized inventory. Amazon would expect to recover the costs in under two years, at $1 million per machine plus operational expenses, they said.
  2. sailfish

    sailfish Duke of Douschebaggery

    Cue the faux social media outrage from people who will still continue to buy from them.
  3. Poop Head

    Poop Head Lovin' every minute of it!

    "saves money not just by reducing labor but by reducing wasted packing materials as well"

    I think we are all familiar with their excessive use of packing materials
  4. sailfish

    sailfish Duke of Douschebaggery

    I have a CD that I have two copies of. One in perfect condition from an eBay seller and another with a big crack in the case thanks to Amazon's spectacular envelopes and was too expensive and too much of a hassle to return.