The sky’s the limit for Amazon.com Incl. The retail giant’s fulfillment center will grow taller and be located closer to big cities, giving maximum accessibility to employees.
Plans for four-story, 2.5 million-square-foot warehouses have appeared at Amazon sites in Spokane, Milwaukee, Minnesota, California and North Carolina in recent months. Amazon patents have envisioned urban, robotized towers that could automate order fulfillment to cut costs and delivery times, writes Casey Coombs for the Philadelphia Business Journal.
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The next generation of fulfillment centers make more efficient use of space, said Amazon spokeswoman Ashley Robinson, adding that the company expects them to eventually churn out as many products as their larger counterparts. “It also makes it easier to hire people when the fulfillment center isn’t so far off the beaten path,” she said. Amazon has several warehouses in Central Ohio in locations like Etna Township and near Rickenbacker International Airport south of Columbus. The outlying locations are generally difficult to get to for workers without cars.
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