Amazon’s newest warehouse is testing the limits of automation and human-machine collaboration. Previously, Amazon’s workers roamed around inventory shelves searching for products needed to fulfill each new order. Now the shelves glide across the floor atop small robots. These robots rearrange the shelves in rows, or bring them over to human workers, who stack them with new products or retrieve goods for packaging.
At Amazon warehouses, humans and machines work in frenetic harmony
Trenton, New Jersey, isn't the industrial powerhouse it once was, even if the slogan "Trenton Makes, the World Takes," first installed in 1935, still stands in 10-foot-tall letters across a bridge that spans the Delaware River to Pennsylvania. But a few minutes east of town, inside a warehouse belonging to Amazon, there are signs of another industrial transformation.