It's no secret that Amazon has some questionable practices. But in a recent Co.Design article, photographer Ben Roberts described a facility (not the one pictured above) in Rugeland, England, a former mining town where the workers "are effectively human robots," fulfilling orders round-the-clock to ensure that the retail giant can keep costs and prices down.
The whole account of life at the Amazon warehouse is shockingly grim and bleak, conjuring up images of a technological wasteland from a Philip K. Dick novel. Here are some of the most disturbing details:
An associate might walk as many as 15 miles in a single shift in a warehouse the size of nine soccer fields.
Workers can be fired for talking.
The facility is "vast but one-dimensional," according to Roberts. "It’s shockingly quiet there."