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Jeffersonville Amazon Fulfillment Center cranks out Cyber Monday orders

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Worker at the Amazon Fulfillment Center packages ordered items for shipping. Worker at the Amazon Fulfillment Center packages ordered items for shipping.
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JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - As millions of Americans spent Monday filling up online shopping carts, thousands of employees at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Jeffersonville, Indiana spent the day helping fill many of those orders.

"We really staff up for the holidays," said Sarah Gelman, an Amazon.com spokesperson. "We have a lot of people working [Monday] to meet the demand."

Gelman said Cyber Monday is Amazon's biggest day of the year. If fact, so much so, the company hired 70,000 seasonal workers this year.

"What's cool is last year we kept on thousands of them for full time employees," began Gelman, "and this year, we'll do the same too."

Step foot inside the Jeffersonville fulfillment center and it becomes obvious why such a massive Amazon workforce is needed. Spanning the size of 43 football fields and operating eight miles of conveyor belt, the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Jeffersonville is not only the largest in the nation, but the entire continent.

"This is our largest fulfillment center in North America," said Gelman. "It has over 20 million units of stuff right here."

From click to delivery, it's a nonstop process. Orders pop up on a scanner, are hand-picked from a shelf, and then sorted into a bar-coded yellow bin before making their way from a conveyor belt to a customer's home.

Gelman said Amazon, however, is doing more than just processing orders. The online retail giant is also offering Cyber Monday deals.

"You can watch movies on it, play games, download apps, check your email," said Gelman while holding up a 7 inch Kindle Fire HDX tablet. "This is on sale [Monday]. It's $50 off; $179 today only."

But Gelman said the deals did not stop there.

"All the deals are at Amazon.com/CyberMonday," began Gelman, "new deals every ten minutes [Monday] and we have hundreds of deals throughout the week."

With deliveries now offered on Sundays, many customers will likely receive their Amazon purchases sooner than before.

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