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Sun June 9 2019 21:00:33

Hands Off Seller Inventory at Amazon Fulfillment Centers

By: Ina Steiner

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The day may come when human hands never touch sellers' inventory at Amazon fulfillment centers. Last week at its re:MARS conference, Amazon unveiled new robots and drones to handle packages at its fulfillment centers and in deliveries to customer doorsteps.

There are 200,000 robots working alongside 300,000 people at Amazon distribution facilities around the world, Geekwire reported, which said Amazon introduced two new robots at the conference: "Pegasus" sorts packages, and "Xanthus" is the latest incarnation of Amazon's drive robot.

Amazon also unveiled smart drones that will start delivering packages in a matter of months. CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer Jeff Wilke showed off a fully-electric drone last week that can fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages under 5 pounds in less than 30 minutes.

The day may come when humans hands don't touch products at all until they're delivered, and thanks to Amazon, that day may not be far off. Will sellers be better off? Tell us what you think.



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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 10 07:11:11 2019

I'm not FBA.  I read somewhere that 40% of AMZ's FBA/warehouse business comes from China.

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by: Ebay Little Shop of Horrors This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 10 08:44:51 2019

Just 40%?

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 10 08:59:07 2019

Marketplace pulse.com

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 10 08:59:54 2019

40% of Merchants on Amazon Based in China

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by: Ebay Little Shop of Horrors This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 10 09:22:31 2019

Well, where are the 60% coming from?

Personally, I can't wait for the drones. That's going to be tremendous fun. When Amazon first announced this, Ebay hired a team of engineers, feasibility studies. They announced they were looking into a kiosk on every street corner.

On Ebay selling board, people were discussing ways of capturing drones with minimal damage flying over their backyards. They were quite serious.

Some of these ideas were quite sophisticated.

Utility companies have easements. Does that include drones from Amazon and ebay?

You do have air rights, you know.

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Mon Jun 10 10:01:06 2019

@Ebay Little Shop of Horrors - Obviously the drones have to get close enough to the ground to place/drop a package so that the contents won't get destroyed. I would think that just throwing some sort of netting over them would be good enough to capture them and not cause much damage (their propellers might get tangled but the body of the drone should be fine).

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by: Ebay Little Shop of Horrors This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 10 10:24:29 2019

How do you get the netting up there? How high?

With all these brilliant hackers all over the world, isn't it possible to hack a drone-destination program?

Maybe you could have your own drone, flying over your house, for protection, and to zap any non-living intruder?

You know what, a personal protection drone over everybody's house may be a good idea.

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by: Ebay Little Shop of Horrors This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 10 10:29:06 2019

If Ebay does this, it will be super-fun. You know their programmers. Your item was due to be delivered yesterday, but tracking shows it somewhere over Brazil. Must be the sellers fault.

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by: Whatever This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 10 11:47:06 2019

"On Ebay selling board, people were discussing ways of capturing drones with minimal damage flying over their backyards. They were quite serious"

my thoughts exactly - new rooftop Crews of criminals who set up lookouts strategically positioned with bb guns and runners on the ground to snatch the goods - puts a whole new spin on criminal warfare snatching your oreo cookies in mid flight

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by: Ebay Little Shop of Horrors This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 10 14:07:10 2019

I could hardly believe that porch pirates existed, and could be so brazen. If there's a way to snatch a drone, they'll figure it out. How do you protect a drone?

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 10 19:25:31 2019

Instead of drones, they need to figure out better ways to deliver packages INSTEAD of just dropping them on your porch or in your yard. The drones solve zero problems, but as many have said here, create a new method for criminals to steal your stuff.



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by: TomH This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 10 22:53:32 2019

Ahhhh, and just think about the thousands of alien flying saucer reports it will generate.

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by: shut1968 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Jun 11 22:49:39 2019

Any drone caught flying over my property will get shot down.. period.

Before Amazon is allowed to get to that point every tax break they get for going into a state and creating jobs needs to be yanked and multiplied x10

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by: heyitcouldbeworse This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jun 12 21:06:41 2019

A 'Net Gun' could probably capture a drone, they work up to 35 ft away. They sell 'em on eBay. :)



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