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(International Business Times)   A look inside an Amazon warehouse, which is literally chaotic. Warning: Slideshow   (ibtimes.com) divider line 44
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2012-12-02 02:08:04 AM  
Ah, my old stomping grounds. Five years and out. I don't miss it.
 
2012-12-02 04:00:14 AM  
This has been around for a very long time.

// nobody dared call it "chaotic" back in the day
 
2012-12-02 07:36:01 AM  
I thought it was Zappos (which is now part of Amazon) that came up with the whole "best organization is no organization" method. Why organize if the computers know where everything is?
 
2012-12-02 07:57:43 AM  
No thanks. I work safety inside an Amazon warehouse and I'll not spend my time off looking at work stuff.
You folks go on and enjoy it.
 
2012-12-02 08:02:48 AM  
 
2012-12-02 08:32:59 AM  
Death by Snu-Snu?
 
2012-12-02 08:41:02 AM  
i.imgur.com

Ark of the Covenant, $19.95 and eligible for free Super Saver shipping.
 
2012-12-02 08:41:38 AM  
farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2012-12-02 08:45:25 AM  
Wise_Guy, eh?!
 
2012-12-02 08:47:11 AM  

cmunic8r99: Deslided


Bravo. I don't mind the slideshow. I hate the drop down advertisements that shift the page while I'm actually RTFA.

That Amazon warehouse is amazing. All that garbage being picked clean by human ants ... what you are seeing is a product warehouse depiction of the human mind and how it works.
 
2012-12-02 08:48:58 AM  

Crid: Death by Snu-Snu?


Came for this. FARKers, as always, delivered.
 
2012-12-02 08:52:09 AM  
Didn't get past the second pic because the slip-sliding popups that made the pictures slide up and down.
Plus, I work in a warehouse, so fark that.

/Better put some heavy duty inserts into your shoes before looking at those pics.
//Because standing and heaving packages 8 to 10 hours a day is fun.
 
2012-12-02 09:03:32 AM  
Didn't Microsoft's disk formatting work in pretty much the same way?
 
2012-12-02 09:04:35 AM  

Kiribub: Didn't Microsoft's disk formatting work in pretty much the same way?


wut?
 
2012-12-02 09:08:44 AM  
Having worked in both an historical archives department and a warehouse, I can definitely say that Amazon's system would save more time in the long run. A huge chunk of my time at the archives and warehouse was rearranging collections so that there was room for growth of the current collection as well as making room for new or incoming collections.

Though, I think Amazon's system would make my OCD twitch for at least the first shift or so until I figured out how to use their barcode system. I imagine it works a lot like Target's price scanners (If you've ever used a Target price scanner, it will list under the price both what aisle the item is on on the floor and in the back).
 
2012-12-02 09:41:12 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Kiribub: Didn't Microsoft's disk formatting work in pretty much the same way?

wut?


Kinda, FAT and NTFS both attempt to place files in the first space large enough to hold it. FAT ran into fragmentation issues when files were modified and grew larger, since the new data had to be located elsewhere with a marker pointing to it. NTFS doesn't fragment as much, though I'm not sure whether it's because it reserves extra space for room to grow or moves the whole file when it gets larger, or something else altogether...

On topic, there was an article here a few weeks back where a reporter did a stint at an Amazon warehouse and showed the near-inhuman treatment the order-pickers receive.
 
2012-12-02 09:41:15 AM  
Next time my wife nags me to clean my office, I'm totally claiming the "chaotic storage" excuse.
 
2012-12-02 10:05:19 AM  

Head_Shot: Next time my wife nags me to clean my office, I'm totally claiming the "chaotic storage" excuse.


or just ask her what shes doing out of the kitchen.
 
2012-12-02 10:05:47 AM  
I work at one of Amazon's photo studios and thank god for that. I've heard horror stories about working at the warehouses. We sometimes get temps from there and they are pratically in tears when they have to go back. Working in the studio is great since you get hot models walking in to do a photo shoot. Doesn't suck.
 
2012-12-02 10:20:05 AM  

cmunic8r99: Deslided


THANK YOU.

Holy F*CK what a piece of shiat f*cking garbage website the link goes to.
What in the blue f*ck is IN that code?
 
2012-12-02 10:25:46 AM  
Sorry, Amazon didn't invent that system. My company's entire mainframe based inventory control suite is built around that concept - and it existed in the early 90's and is essentially unchanged.
 
2012-12-02 10:52:34 AM  

Weng: Sorry, Amazon didn't invent that system. My company's entire mainframe based inventory control suite is built around that concept - and it existed in the early 90's and is essentially unchanged.


Retailer I used to work for had the same, and that was late 90s. Software written in house by one guy and worked perfectly from day one.
 
2012-12-02 11:03:28 AM  

sure haven't: cmunic8r99: Deslided

THANK YOU.

Holy F*CK what a piece of shiat f*cking garbage website the link goes to.
What in the blue f*ck is IN that code?


I have no idea what's in the code, but I suspect there was more than one substance in the programmer.
 
2012-12-02 11:09:13 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Didn't get past the second pic because the slip-sliding popups that made the pictures slide up and down.
Plus, I work in a warehouse, so fark that.

/Better put some heavy duty inserts into your shoes before looking at those pics.
//Because standing and heaving packages 8 to 10 hours a day is fun.


I spent a few years working in a tile warehouse. Driving a forklift, unloading trucks, moving weight to build pallet orders back out the door. All in Orlando with the heat of a tin hotbox in Florida summers. A 25 lbs box was a light box. I really miss that job. No snark, it was fun. Played into my ocd perfectly
 
2012-12-02 11:53:00 AM  

Weng: Sorry, Amazon didn't invent that system. My company's entire mainframe based inventory control suite is built around that concept - and it existed in the early 90's and is essentially unchanged.


Where in the article does it say Amazon invented it?

/and while they may have not invented it - they certainly perfected it and should be given credit for it
//oh sorry - this is FARK - where nothing can be improved on or anyone else given credit for something
 
2012-12-02 12:13:51 PM  

Wise_Guy: Ark of the Covenant, $19.95 and eligible for free Super Saver shipping.


LOL :)
 
2012-12-02 12:15:31 PM  

Gig103: Wise_Guy: Ark of the Covenant, $19.95 and eligible for free Super Saver shipping.

LOL :)


New and Used from $16.83.
 
2012-12-02 12:50:33 PM  
I presume a whole warehouse sector is reserved for the daily trainloads of Fleshlights, dildos, and lube moving in to staging and right back out to UPS :)
 
2012-12-02 12:54:35 PM  
Literally?
 
2012-12-02 01:01:47 PM  

gingerjet: Weng: Sorry, Amazon didn't invent that system. My company's entire mainframe based inventory control suite is built around that concept - and it existed in the early 90's and is essentially unchanged.

Where in the article does it say Amazon invented it?

/and while they may have not invented it - they certainly perfected it and should be given credit for it
//oh sorry - this is FARK - where nothing can be improved on or anyone else given credit for something


It's been around as long as there are means to track where you put stuff.

Just hope you never lose that information .
 
2012-12-02 01:19:10 PM  

Head_Shot: Next time my wife nags me to clean my office, I'm totally claiming the "chaotic storage" excuse.


Tried that. My wife told me my dinner would be in the "chaotic storage facility" until I cleaned my mess up.

I cleaned my mess up.
 
2012-12-02 01:37:21 PM  
Needs more flash ads.
 
2012-12-02 01:54:32 PM  

Saberus Terras: HotIgneous Intruder: Kiribub: Didn't Microsoft's disk formatting work in pretty much the same way?

wut?

Kinda, FAT and NTFS both attempt to place files in the first space large enough to hold it. FAT ran into fragmentation issues when files were modified and grew larger, since the new data had to be located elsewhere with a marker pointing to it. NTFS doesn't fragment as much, though I'm not sure whether it's because it reserves extra space for room to grow or moves the whole file when it gets larger, or something else altogether...

On topic, there was an article here a few weeks back where a reporter did a stint at an Amazon warehouse and showed the near-inhuman treatment the order-pickers receive.


NTFS puts a little bit of room between files incase they grow. However this leads to fragmentation if they don't grow.

Vista/7/8 all defrag in the background so you don't notice it.
 
2012-12-02 02:49:22 PM  
If you squint real hard, you can see the set of calipers I ordered yesterday.

I didn't know Amazon directly sold precision measuring instruments. I'm hoping that the insanely light weight was seen as a mini-break for the picker.

/would have bought local, but it seems all the industrial supply businesses require you to have in-house credit
//and nobody else sells the caliper I wanted
 
2012-12-02 03:11:54 PM  
What a catastrophically badly coded website...
 
2012-12-02 04:13:30 PM  

aevorea: Having worked in both an historical archives department and a warehouse, I can definitely say that Amazon's system would save more time in the long run. A huge chunk of my time at the archives and warehouse was rearranging collections so that there was room for growth of the current collection as well as making room for new or incoming collections.


The archives/library world has been going this direction for decades now. The "Harvard Depository" model you'll find at any major research library now. Books and journals aren't quite stored "chaotically". They're stored by size, so you have one shelf of all 14" or a little shorter books, then a shelf of 18s, etc, for maximum density. On racks 35 feet high with a scissor-lift to get up high. But, beyond that, it's a geology book next to a law book next to a Argentine history book.
 
2012-12-02 05:03:51 PM  
I want to thank the farker who introduced me to Deslidified a couple weeks ago.
 
2012-12-02 05:39:43 PM  
Meanwhile, in China...

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sociorocketnewsen.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-12-02 06:47:05 PM  

MisterTweak: Head_Shot: Next time my wife nags me to clean my office, I'm totally claiming the "chaotic storage" excuse.

Tried that. My wife told me my dinner would be in the "chaotic storage facility" until I cleaned my mess up.

I cleaned my mess up.


You gotta find a mate who also has a chaotic storage alignment. Then again, you end up with a house that scares people.
 
2012-12-02 07:17:26 PM  

I_Love_Cheesecake:


Where is that from?
 
2012-12-02 11:31:18 PM  

cptjeff: Gig103: Wise_Guy: Ark of the Covenant, $19.95 and eligible for free Super Saver shipping.

LOL :)

New and Used from $16.83.


PLUS: Buy TWO and get a free Nazi helmet (slightly melted)!
 
2012-12-03 12:09:17 AM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-12-03 01:33:26 AM  

Saberus Terras: On topic, there was an article here a few weeks back where a reporter did a stint at an Amazon warehouse and showed the near-inhuman treatment the order-pickers receive.


Anyone got a link handy?
 
2012-12-04 02:37:33 AM  

zooter: Ah, my old stomping grounds. Five years and out. I don't miss it.




Have any trouble with loss prevention?
 
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