Fastcodesign.com has a great post that takes a very interesting look inside an Amazon fulfillment center in the U.K. The story includes a vivid pictorial showing the inside of an Amazon warehouse while the story goes on to describe working conditions and what Amazon brought to the defunct mining community. The photos are fascinating. The scope of Amazon’s operation is breathtaking. But the questions I have concerning the future of Amazon have been mounting in recent years and they becoming alarming.
I’m strangely conflicted after reading Fastcodesign.com’s article. The sterile, organized, refined nature of the facility and operation appeals to me on one level. The dehumanizing quality troubles me at the same time. Plus, Amazon operates on a shockingly small profit margin. Especially for an entity its size. With that in mind, on some level it still feels like a house of cards being built ever higher without a solid, maintainable business model to support it once the prevailing wind changes. Certainly Amazon has done great things in the area of cloud computing with its web infrastructure development and, maybe even more amazing things for traditional publishing when it comes to proliferation of ebooks. A solid case could be made to credit Amazon for bring ebooks to the main stream. That’s no small feat.