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How Amazon Goes Small to Make It in New York

From The Wall Street Journal: Amazon.com Inc.’s first major New York City distribution center is nearly the size of 15 football fields and can spit out more than one million items a day during its busiest period.

But the 855,000-square-foot facility on a swampy stretch of the northwest side of Staten Island is a tightly packed site compared with most of the sprawling warehouses the e-commerce giant has spread around the country. It is 20% smaller than Amazon’s usual fulfillment centers, stuffed with twice as many robots as human workers and able to handle 50% more inventory than traditional warehouses.

The space is used as efficiently as a New York studio apartment, and for Amazon and other companies looking to duplicate the company’s determined push to deliver goods to consumers as fast as possible, that makes its anchor for the lucrative market a likely model for the future of urban e-commerce fulfillment.

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