If you are imagining a warehouse filled with handcarts and all the books in one place and apparel in another, picture this: orange robots balancing towers of goods twirling in what looks like a choreographed dance across shiny concrete floors, miles of conveyor belts and ramps carrying inventory across the building, and shipping labels practically flying onto boxes, blown by puffs of air.
Even in person, the scale can be difficult to grasp: the Baltimore center, for example, spans the equivalent of 28 football fields and can hold millions of items on any given day. Despite the cavernous space, the skylit climate is remarkably comfortable, kept at room temperature year-round. Associates pick, pack, and ship Amazon.com customer orders at more than 175 similar facilities worldwide.
On the hour-long tour, you'll see each part of the process and learn about some of the roles and benefits available for associates at fulfillment centers, including details on the following: Career Choice, a program that offers 95% prepaid tuition and fees for coursework in high-demand career areas, where a holiday job can lead, and how on-the-job training can lead to a tech job without college.
- Sortation and Transportation