More amazing things on the open frontier of technology

A few fun things I’ve seen lately. Amazon announces it will soon open its 9th fulfillment center in California.  Astounding video quality on a GIF presentation is close to photo quality.

3/15 – Behind the Black – Check out this animated video. Consider the question raised by Behind the Black – with this quality of animation, how soon until human actors aren’t needed because an apparently live action movie can be 100% animated?


As I mention the following two articles, ponder that I ordered something from Amazon early in the evening yesterday. It shipped this morning and will be delivered today.

Update: I ordered the items after 5 and they were delivered by 10 the next morning. Evening order, next morning delivery. Very cool.

3/30 – DailyBulletin (Inland Empire area of LA) – New Amazon fulfillment center coming to San Bernardino, to add 1,000-plus jobs – This will be the seventh facility in California. San Bernardino is about 60 miles east of downtown LA. Amazon locations in the state:

  • San Bernardino – new fulfillment center
  • San Bernardino – previous fulfillment center
  • Moreno Valley, about 15 miles south of San Bernardino – fulfillment
  • Redlands, about 10 miles east of San Bernardino – fulfillment
  • Rialto, immediately west of San Bernardino – fulfillment
  • Tracy, Bay Area, about 50 miles east of Oakland – fulfillment
  • Patterson, Bay Area about 80 miles from Oakland – fulfillment
  • San Bernardino – a sorting facility, not fulfillment center

The second San Bernardino facility will handle small items. Bigger items, like appliances, go through the Redlands location.

That will be two fulfillment centers in the Bay Area and five in the east end of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

All those facilities have been built in the last 3 1/2 years, since late 2012.

Article says Amazon employs about 12,000 people in the current six fulfillment centers

5/25 – Daily Bulletion – Another Amazon fulfillment center is coming to Inland, this one in Eastvale – Yet another fulfillment center is under construction.

Count of their warehouses in Southern California includes:

  • San Bernardino – two fulfillment centers
  • San Bernardino – one sorting facility
  • Rialto
  • Redlands,
  • Moreno Valley
  • Eastvale – soon

The newest facility will be one million square feet. It is a couple of hundred feet off the I-15 freeway, south of the I-10. I’ve driven by it several times. Do you know how big a million square feet is? The long side of the building is about one-quarter of a mile long. From the construction visible on Google maps, it is about 1,350 feet long and 700 feet wide.

Someday when I’m not driving, I’ll take a picture of it. Will also try to count the number of truck bays.

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