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Amazon distribution center busy filling Cyber Monday orders

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WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

At the Amazon Fulfillment Center in West Columbia, 4,000 people are working to make sure your online purchases for Cyber Monday get to you.

"It's our biggest day of the year," said Amazon Director of Consumer Communications Scott Stanzel.

For a company in the business of packing up and shipping out, its important to keep it moving. Last year more than 300 orders were placed every second, and this year they anticipate more.

"We expect a lot of growth this year, 10 to 25%," said Stanzel.

The items are stored on shelves by code, where workers have to hunt them down to fill orders. After that, the goods are packed up, or gift wrapped, then scanned, labeled, and sent out to doorsteps all over the world.

"It takes a few minutes to get it out to the truck but we are working very fast to get products out to customers as fast as we can," said Stanzel.

Amazon says last year cyber Monday was the best that they have had, however they are looking forward to more this year and it being even better.

Amazon fun facts from the 2012 holiday season:

Shipping:

  • Amazon customers took advantage of free shipping over the holidays, saving hundreds of millions of dollars with Amazon Prime and Free Super Saver Shipping.
  • On its peak day, Amazon's worldwide fulfillment network shipped over 15.6 million units across all product categories.
  • The last Prime One-Day Shipping order that was delivered in time for Christmas was placed on Dec. 22 at 11:52 p.m. PST and shipped to Fayetteville, GA. The item was Roxy Women's Hot Cocoa Slippers.
  • The last Local Express Delivery order that was delivered in time for Christmas went to Seattle, WA. It was a Case Logic 14.1-Inch Laptop Attaché that was ordered at 11:44 a.m. PST on Christmas Eve and delivered at 2:44 p.m. PST.

Customer Purchases:

  • On the peak day, Nov. 26, customers ordered more than 26.5 million items worldwide across all product categories, which is a record-breaking 306 items per second.
  • Amazon customers purchased more than one toy per second on mobile devices.
  • Amazon customers purchased enough copies of the "Fifty Shades" trilogy by E.L. James, including "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Fifty Shades Darker," "Fifty Shades Freed" and the trilogy box set, to create a stack 445 times taller than the Space Needle.
  • The cumulative weight of the "Bond 50" Blu-ray sets purchased by Amazon customers this holiday season would be 800 times the weight of Daniel Craig.
  • If each customer that purchased a copy of Just Dance 4 played the game for one hour, the total number of calories burned would equal half a million slices of fruitcake.
  • Amazon customers purchased enough TVs to cover the field of every NFL stadium.
  • Amazon customers purchased enough vinyl copies of The Beatles albums that if laid flat would extend 20 times the length of Abbey Road in London.
  • The Amazon MP3 store has sold enough music for everyone at Woodstock '69 to jam out to another three days of music for peace and love.
  • If you stacked every Christmas Story Leg Lamp purchased by Amazon customers this holiday season, the height would reach the top of Mt. Everest.
  • Amazon customers purchased enough sports team garden gnomes to fill every seat in Madison Square Garden.
  • Amazon customers purchased enough Angry Birds plush toys to stretch 285 times the height of the tallest tree in the world, located in California's Redwood Forest.
  • Amazon's third-party sellers sold enough Lindt truffles to serve one to every traveler passing through Chicago O'Hare Airport over a weekend.
  • Amazon's third-party sellers sold enough HDMI cables to make three round-trips to the International Space Station.
  • Amazon customers added more than 15 million toys to their Wish Lists this holiday season.

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