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(Business Insider)   On Cyber Monday, Amazon sells over 200 items. Per second. Here's how it all happens   (businessinsider.com) divider line 24
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2012-11-27 04:35:34 AM
Don't they look so happy!

http://www.alternet.org/story/154344/what_happened_when_i_got_a_job_a t _a_soul-crushing%2C_abusive_warehouse?paging=off
 
2012-11-27 04:36:38 AM
People sit at home and push buttons. That,s how it happens. Congratulations, America, for becoming too lazy to hit the mall on your day off!
 
2012-11-27 05:14:38 AM
Hmm. New plan in case of a societal collapse or end of the world scenario : Find Amazon "fulfillment center".

This is perfect, considering the Twinkie factory is shutting down. Though I do wonder just how much food they have in one of them. And how much useful knowledge whatever books they have in there will contain. Worth a shot though.

The one in Arizona could contain 28 football fields? That's going to take a whole lot of minions to secure.

Now accepting societal collapse and end-of-the-world minion applications. Please specify if you're interested in a henchperson or middle-management minion position in your application. Equal opportunity subjugator.
 
2012-11-27 05:50:29 AM
I did not buy anything.
 
2012-11-27 06:32:33 AM

Wizzbang: Don't they look so happy!

http://www.alternet.org/story/154344/what_happened_when_i_got_a_job_a t _a_soul-crushing%2C_abusive_warehouse?paging=off


In summary:

Some lazy brat with a sense of entitlement and no work ethic gets a job where he actually has to work, then doesn't like it. Mother Jones acts like this is the worst case of human rights abuse since the Killing Fields.

/meh
 
2012-11-27 06:44:31 AM

BolloxReader: People sit at home and push buttons. That,s how it happens. Congratulations, America, for becoming too lazy to hit the mall on your day off!


Perhaps it's the likelihood that we'll run into you that keeps us at home.
 
2012-11-27 07:28:03 AM

DrPainMD: Wizzbang: Don't they look so happy!

http://www.alternet.org/story/154344/what_happened_when_i_got_a_job_a t _a_soul-crushing%2C_abusive_warehouse?paging=off

In summary:

Some lazy brat with a sense of entitlement and no work ethic gets a job where he actually has to work, then doesn't like it. Mother Jones acts like this is the worst case of human rights abuse since the Killing Fields.

/meh


Wrong article. This one was about how people haul ass all day running around a fulfillment center, are inevitably doomed to workplace injury because of the high pace, have jack shiat for medical benefits and are dumped on society to pay for.

But do enjoy your free shipping on you camoflage snuggies
 
2012-11-27 07:35:09 AM
Have not bought one thing for xmas yet. Wait until after December 21, to see if world is still here.
 
2012-11-27 07:35:43 AM
I'd think it would be more.
 
2012-11-27 07:43:26 AM
that's 199 bottles of whey protein every second. one other random item
 
2012-11-27 07:53:07 AM
and despite that, it is less profitable than any of its brick and mortar competitors. and has been for quite some time.
 
2012-11-27 08:17:22 AM

Jon iz teh kewl: that's 199 bottles of whey protein every second. one other random item


According to the Mother Jones article, that other item would be a random dildo.

That's hot! I'm going to go order a dozen or so random dildos just so I can return them. That ought to keep them busy.
 
2012-11-27 09:05:27 AM

Wizzbang: Don't they look so happy!

http://www.alternet.org/story/154344/what_happened_when_i_got_a_job_a t _a_soul-crushing%2C_abusive_warehouse?paging=off


That was a painful read. How demoralized does a person have to be to just sit and take it when presented with working conditions like that? :/
 
2012-11-27 09:20:05 AM

Wizzbang: Don't they look so happy!

http://www.alternet.org/story/154344/what_happened_when_i_got_a_job_a t _a_soul-crushing%2C_abusive_warehouse?paging=off



that's how the "greatest nation on earth" exploits its own citizens. they call it "Freedom".
 
2012-11-27 09:27:32 AM

BolloxReader: People sit at home and push buttons. That,s how it happens. Congratulations, America, for becoming too lazy to hit the mall on your day off!



they do it because its so much easier spending someone else's money. that's how an Aristocracy establishes itself.
 
2012-11-27 09:29:20 AM

JonZoidberg: BolloxReader: People sit at home and push buttons. That,s how it happens. Congratulations, America, for becoming too lazy to hit the mall on your day off!

Perhaps it's the likelihood that we'll run into you the truth that keeps us at home.


because the truth is Unamerican. Americans prefer the lie that TV has conditioned them to believe.
 
2012-11-27 09:31:32 AM

sxeflapjack: Wizzbang: Don't they look so happy!

http://www.alternet.org/story/154344/what_happened_when_i_got_a_job_a t _a_soul-crushing%2C_abusive_warehouse?paging=off

That was a painful read. How demoralized does a person have to be to just sit and take it when presented with working conditions like that? :/



when they have no choice because their jobs were sent to communist china where the labor is even cheaper than here so stockholders (the owners) can make an extra dime because their greed and selfishness is infinite.

welcome to the "greatest country on earth".
 
2012-11-27 10:34:40 AM

Wizzbang: Don't they look so happy!

http://www.alternet.org/story/154344/what_happened_when_i_got_a_job_a t _a_soul-crushing%2C_abusive_warehouse?paging=off



I find that the article does highlight some pains but there are some really iffy facts as well.

Amalgamated has estimated that we pickers speed-walk an average of 12 miles a day on cold concrete


12 miles a day? I know runners can used to 12 miles a day regime but it takes weeks and months to get there. No wonder the author was in shock when he has to do 12 miles a day when before he's probably walked no more than 3-4 miles per day. I know people who are fit would have no problem walking 12 miles.

"I hated picking for the first month," she told me sympathetically the other day. "Then you just get used to it."


This is the main point here. The author tried it for 3 days and hated it. However, the human body is immensely adaptable and is able to cope with walking 12 miles, doing 500 squats and toe raises per day if you do it every day. You would get used to it.

However, in fairness, the company should gradually increase the workload but then it would cause other problems since people would see others working less.

One of the permanent employees has tried to encourage me by explaining that he always makes his goals, and sometimes makes 120 percent of them. When I ask him if that isn't totally exhausting, he says, "Oh yeah. You're gonna be crying for your mommy when today's over."


Now, only if they incentivized it, it would be like training for a sport or marathon.

I can feel for the author and I can feel for the other people there. But, from the perspective of the employers, they have to keep metrics on the workers. This is not self-actualization, everybody is going to be as lazy as they can if you don't keep metrics.

Not having anti-static mats and equipment is bad though or not investing in proper cooling and heating.

I feel genuinely sorry for any child I might have who ever asks me for anything for Christmas, only to be informed that every time a "Place Order" button rings, a poor person takes four Advil and gets told they suck at their job.


I think it will be a robot who will do all the warehouse duties in the future.
 
2012-11-27 10:56:43 AM

Wizzbang: Don't they look so happy!

http://www.alternet.org/story/154344/what_happened_when_i_got_a_job_a t _a_soul-crushing%2C_abusive_warehouse?paging=off


Well, it's not like they have to put up with that shiat past Christmas!
 
2012-11-27 11:00:34 AM

sxeflapjack: Wizzbang: Don't they look so happy!

http://www.alternet.org/story/154344/what_happened_when_i_got_a_job_a t _a_soul-crushing%2C_abusive_warehouse?paging=off

That was a painful read. How demoralized does a person have to be to just sit and take it when presented with working conditions like that? :/


And for journalist wages, at that.
 
2012-11-27 01:56:59 PM
Why does cyber monday persist? It came about when people without internet access at home would come to work after Thanksgiving break and steal time on the office computer to web shop. But that was a decade or more ago. Internet access is pretty pervasive now, you can do all that internet shopping all weekend, without waiting to sneak it at work .... so why make a deal out of that Monday NOW after all this time?
 
2012-11-27 03:21:05 PM

JonZoidberg: BolloxReader: People sit at home and push buttons. That,s how it happens. Congratulations, America, for becoming too lazy to hit the mall on your day off!

Perhaps it's the likelihood that we'll run into you that keeps us at home.


I hope you don't. Haven't killed anyone in my rig yet, but it's always one brake check at interstate speeds away.

/stupid four-wheelers
 
2012-11-27 04:53:41 PM

Any Pie Left: Why does cyber monday persist? It came about when people without internet access at home would come to work after Thanksgiving break and steal time on the office computer to web shop. But that was a decade or more ago. Internet access is pretty pervasive now, you can do all that internet shopping all weekend, without waiting to sneak it at work .... so why make a deal out of that Monday NOW after all this time?


Have to disagree with you there. In my experience working in the ecomm field:

Monday's are usually the best day when it comes to sales. IMO it is due to the fact that it's Monday and people have just come back from the weekend and don't really want to immediately start the work grind. If you watch the traffic and sales, you will see a drop off starting late Tuesday and progressing downwards to the weekend. Weekend days are usually slow as well due to people having things they want to do.

Now, with Cyber Monday.. Take the above statements. Now, lets add in an additional long weekend spent with friends and family right before a major gift giving holiday. It is a hell of a lot easier to remember what Uncle Bob and his kids wanted as well as any number of brothers and sisters. Since it is usually assumed that more shoppers will come in on Monday, and the upcoming major shopping holiday, push push push to get them to shop online. Start sending out an email as often as possible to get anyone and everyone's attention as to what deals are there to be had.

Now the thing I do find interesting though is the current bleed over. Companies that have both a brick and mortar as well as a website will start to see cross promotional items for both. Don't want to wait for it online but there is a store 2 miles away? Sure, take this deal and feel free to go to the store for the same discount/offer. Store doesn't have what you want in stock? Sure, take this deal and feel free to log in and use our special promo code.

Another side note is that once Black Friday deals start to roll out, you will see continued discounts and promotions usually ranging up to the 18th-20th with a lot of 3 day or faster shipping options (discounted or free) just to make sure that extra few bucks you had will end up in the pocket of the company. Over all margins will start dropping per sale, but hey those items have to be warehoused anyways which does cost money so moving them at a cheaper rate isn't a bad thing as long as you don't do it that often.
 
2012-11-27 05:33:45 PM
The Mother Jones article about working at an Amazon warehouse is pretty scary
 
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