It's not a complete robot takeover. Yet.
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The holiday season is upon us, and Amazon is getting ready for the seasonal onslaught with 100,000 additional warehouse hires.
In 2012, Amazon bought Kiva Systems — the maker of little orange robots that are quickly becoming the gold standard in warehouse distribution center automation.
They are proving particularly useful in Amazon's fulfillment centers, where they move orders around massive warehouses quietly and efficiently — and without complaining about horrendous working conditions. The result: fewer human workers.
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Automation has also brought much higher productivity to Amazon's many smaller distribution centers.
And it's packing as many robots into each of them as it can. The company is planning on using cubic instead of square feet to measure the size of its warehouses thanks to multi-story warehouse systems, CNBC reports.
And if you're one of the unlucky few warehouse workers working grueling overtime during the holiday season: happy holidays.
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