As Cyber Monday is expected to hit $2.6 billion in sales, Amazon says it’s ready.
The company, on Decemember 1, unveiled its eighth generation fulfillment center.
At the heart of the center is the Kiva robots. Across the U.S. the company has 15,000 of these robots in operation.
Another robot, called Robo-Stow, has the largest robotic arms available globally to move large quantities of inventory for customer order fulfillment, according to Amazon.
A new vision systems enables the unloading and receipt of an entire trailer of inventory in as little as 30 minutes instead of hours; and new, high-end graphically oriented computer systems for employees to use while fulfilling orders for customers.
The company is toting the new system as a way to “increase speed of delivery while enabling greater local selection at lower costs for our customers,” according to Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations and customer service.
However humans are still in the game as well as Amazon recently announced it will hire 80,000 seasonal employees to fulfill customer orders this holiday, a 14% increase over last year. The company expects that thousands of those employees will stay on in regular, full-time roles.