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Amazon Only Needs a Minute of Human Labor to Ship Your Next Package #ManufacturingMonday

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At Adafruit, we ship very, verydast. Every order is gathered by a team member person and shipped by a team member. We’ve got a big team and we dig working together. That’s not the only way to do it. Amazon has evolved a fascinating approach to shipping – via CNN Money

By the time you take an Amazon delivery off your stoop, walk into your home, find a pair of scissors and open the brown box, you’ve already spent nearly as much time handling the package as Amazon’s employees.

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Amazon employees, called pickers, used to have to walk up and down long aisles of goods to find each item on a shelf. With its Kiva robots, these pickers now stand in place, meaning they can pick more goods per shift. The Kiva robots will slide under a relevant bookshelf, lift it slightly, and bring it to the picker. As the bookshelf sidles up next to the picker, a computer screen alerts the picker where the item is located on it.

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