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Inside Amazon: How Sacramento's fulfillment center is gearing up for Prime Day 2019

Amazon is gearing up for its annual members only sale. The company invited us inside to see how orders are sorted and packed.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Inside the nearly 900,000 square-foot Amazon fulfillment center –  just a stones throw from the Sacramento International Airport – is a highly efficient packing and sorting system comprising of hundreds of workers, robots and conveyor belts.

The Sacramento site employs about 2,000 full-time worker who are gearing up for Prime Day 2019, which takes place on July 15 and July 16, said Dani Tafoya, Amazon spokesperson. The company has also hired seasonal employees to prepare for the influx in shipments.

The online retail giant has spent months preparing for its members only Prime Day. The site will be slashing prices on hundreds of products.

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The Sacramento fulfillment center is just one of 175 Amazon fulfillment centers scattered across the globe. 

Employees there will help sort, pack, and load shipments from the fulfillment center and ship them to your door step.

Despite an early technical website hiccup during Prime Day 2018 that halted sales and left customers staring at dogs for hours, it was the largest global shopping event in the company’s history.

“Last year alone, small and medium size businesses had over $1.5 billion in sales,” Tafoya said. “And that was one day.”

To celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary, this year’s Prime Day sale will last 48 hours.

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