Amazon holiday shipments top 1 billion items

Amazon painted a rosy picture on Thursday of its holiday activity, saying that its shipments topped 1 billion items during the crucial shopping period.

“What an amazing peak,” Mike Roth, vice president of Amazon’s global customer fulfillment, wrote in a blog post on Thursday.

All told, more than 1 billion items were shipped worldwide with Amazon Prime and fulfillment by Amazon, according to the online marketplace.

The activity was a fresh indicator of robust online shopping.

“We shipped out more packages to customers this holiday shopping season than we ever have before,” Roth said.

The robust shopping season was bolstered by the tech firm’s two fulfillment centers in Tracy, which are located about 10 miles apart.

Amazon employs more than 3,000 full-time associates at the Tracy robotics fulfillment center. It employs more than 750 full-time associates at the new Mountain House facility, which opened earlier this year, said Ashley Robinson, a spokeswoman for the online titan. The company employs 1,000 in a fulfillment center in the Stanislaus County city of Patterson.

“The Tracy site began fulfilling customer orders in late 2013,” Robinson said. “It’s 1.1 million square feet.”

The company’s complex at Mountain House is 1 million square feet, the same size as the Patterson complex.

“Almost every fulfillment center, sortation center, or specialty site showed year-over-year improvement,” Roth stated in the blog post.

The Tracy site shipped 1 million items in one day during the recent holiday shopping season, one of only a few company sites that achieved such a benchmark.

Online shopping sales are running about 19 percent higher so far during the current holiday season compared with 2015, according to Slice.

A survey by Slice Intelligence indicated the tech giant’s grip on web-based retailing had strengthened as the holiday shopping season wore on.

During the week that ended Dec. 3, a stretch that did not include Black Friday or Cyber Monday, Amazon accounted for 38.3 percent of online retail revenue.

In comparison, during the week that ended on Dec. 10, Amazon generated 42.5 percent of all online retail revenue.

For the week that ended Dec. 17, Amazon had grabbed 45.5 percent  of online retail shopping. The next closest retailers were far behind: Best Buy had 2.9 percent, Walmart had 2.6 percent, Apple had 2.6 percent and Target had 2.4 percent.

“Amazon has dominated the entire holiday season,” Slice reported.


An Amazon associate works in the Amazon fulfillment center in Tracy. Photo courtesy of




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