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The sprawling warehouse is located in Richmond near Point Pinole. It combines what would normally require three separate distribution centers under one roof.
"This is the first same-day building operating in the Bay Area, which is an interesting intersection of Amazon operations technology that's been developed over the last 15, 20 years," Derek Blott, site leader at the Amazon warehouse, told KCBS Radio.
Once an order is placed, items are arranged on shelving units and transported by what looks like hundreds of oversized rumbas, automatically organizing and sorting by when a package needs to be delivered, typically reaching your door in less than five hours.
"Our coverage area is Richmond and most of the Oakland area and the East Bay. We deliver as far east as Antioch and as far south as Fremont," he said.
Products are stocked based on what people in the East Bay are ordering the most — dog food, items for a baby, phone chargers, small electronics, things people need quickly.
Natalie Banke with Amazon said all indications are that holiday shopping this year will be brisk. "Even though with inflation and rising costs they're anticipating holiday shoppers will spend about $1,400 per household," she estimated.