From Your Mouse To Your House

What goes on behind the scenes when you place an order at

1 You order three items and a computer in Seattle takes charge

A computer assigns your order--a book, a game and a digital camera--to one of Amazon's seven U.S. distribution centers, five of which it opened this year. With 3 million sq. ft., Amazon has 1.5 times the floor space of the Empire State Building.

Seattle 93,000 sq. ft. Fernley, Nev. 332,650 Grand Forks, N.D. 130,000 Coffeyville, Kans. 750,000 New Castle, Del. 202,000 Campbellsville, Ky. 770,000 McDonough, Ga. 800,000

2 In suburban Atlanta, three red lights go on

Your order is transmitted to the closest facility that has the products....

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