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The Chaotic Warehouses Of Amazon.com

Published July 2, 2016
Amazon.com is the largest Internet retailer in the world, with warehouses all around the globe. They sort their products after a system called random location storage, or simply chaotic storage.
This means that a newly arrived item is not placed among items of the same kind, but simply where there is space in the warehouse. Shoes and books, video games and kitchen utensils - everything mixed together. So how does the Amazon staff find anything? Well, each item has a barcode and so does every storage location. When an item is placed somewhere these two barcodes are scanned and the information about the item's location is stored in the computer system.
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