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Celebrating 15 years: Behind the scenes at Amazon

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SWANSEA, WALES - NOVEMBER 26:  Staff at the Amazon Swansea fulfilment centre process orders as they prepare for what is expected to be their busiest Christmas on record on November 26, 2010 in Swansea, Wales. The 800,000 sq ft fulfilment centre, the largest of Amazon's six in the UK, is gearing up for 'Cyber Monday', which this year is Monday December 6, and is predicted to be the busiest online shopping day of the year. In 2009, Cyber Monday saw 2 million orders received at a rate of 23 orders per second.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - NOVEMBER 26: Staff at the Amazon Swansea fulfilment centre process orders as they prepare for what is expected to be their busiest Christmas on record on November 26, 2010 in Swansea, Wales. The 800,000 sq ft fulfilment centre, the largest of Amazon's six in the UK, is gearing up for 'Cyber Monday', which this year is Monday December 6, and is predicted to be the busiest online shopping day of the year. In 2009, Cyber Monday saw 2 million orders received at a rate of 23 orders per second. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
385015 01: The gates are locked at the Amazon.com distribution center January 31, 2001 in McDonough, Ga. near Atlanta. Amazon announced on Tuesday that it would eliminate 1,300 jobs which includes 450 here in McDonough because the company's sales growth is slowing. (Photo by Erik S. Lesser/Newsmakers)
BAD HERSFELD, Germany: Overall view of a hall of Amazon.de, the German branch of US online retailer Amazon.com, taken 04 December 2004 in Germany's Amazon distribution central in the western town of Bad Hersfeld. Amazon.de sells books, music, DVDs and videos among other things via internet. AFP PHOTO DDP/MARTIN OESER GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MARTIN OESER/AFP/Getty Images)
BAD HERSFELD, Germany: Employees of Amazon.de, the German branch of US online retailer Amazon.com, sort books into boxes, 04 December 2004 in Germany's Amazon distribution central in the western town of Bad Hersfeld. Amazon.de sells books, music, DVDs and videos among other things via internet. AFP PHOTO DDP/MARTIN OESER GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MARTIN OESER/AFP/Getty Images)
BAD HERSFELD, Germany: Employees of Amazon.de, the German branch of US online retailer Amazon.com, sort books into parcels ready to be sent to the clients, 04 December 2004 in Germany's Amazon distribution central in the western town of Bad Hersfeld. Amazon.de sells books, music, DVDs and videos among other things via internet. AFP PHOTO DDP/MARTIN OESER GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MARTIN OESER/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Amazon.com Chairman and CEO Jeff Bezos discusses new features of the company's website during a speech at the PC Expo in New York 28 June, 2000. Amazon.com stock has taken a beating recently, falling to a 52-week low of 32 from a high of 112, and now trading on the NASDAQ Exchange at 36. The company doesn't expect to see a profit until the first quarter of 2002, an Amazon.com spokesman said in introducing Bezos. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Henny Ray ABRAMS (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
LEIPZIG, GERMANY - MAY 14: Amazon workers wearing bibs of the ver.di service industry labour union blow into whistles while striking outside the Amazon warehouse on May 14, 2013 in Leipzig, Germany. Approximately 5,000 Amazon workers at the Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld warehouses have gone on a 24-hour strike in an effort to press the company harder in their ongoing labour dispute over wages and work hours. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
An electric bike (R) used by Amazon sits parked along the pavement at a central business district in Beijing on November 29, 2012. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
The Amazon homepage appears on a screen in Washington on September 3, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: A new Amazon delivery locker system, which routes Amazon shipments to a publicly-accessible locale, is viewed in a grocery store on November 16, 2011 in New York City. Instead of having packages delivered to a home or business address, the delivery locker system allows Amazon customers who live near a locker location to send it there and then collect it using a unique pick-up code. Currently there are eight locations spread across Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos introduces the new Amazon tablet called the Kindle Fire on September 28, 2011 in New York City. The Fire, which will be priced at $199, is an expanded version of the company’s Kindle e-reader that has 8GB of storage and WiFi. The Fire gives users access to streaming video, as well as e-books, apps and music, and has a Web browser. In addition to the Fire, Bezos introduced four new Kindles including a Kindle touch model. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
BAD HERSFELD - NOVEMBER 09: Scenes around Amazon's new Logistics center for Amazon.de, Bad Hersfeld, Germany on November 9, 2010. The biggest in Europe with over 100,000 square meters of space. Opened in 2009 now preparing for its first full Christmas season. Three shifts work around the clock shipping to over 170 towns. (Photo by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images)
BAD HERSFELD - NOVEMBER 09: Scenes around Amazon's new Logistics center for Amazon.de, Bad Hersfeld, Germany on November 9, 2010. The biggest in Europe with over 100,000 square meters of space. Opened in 2009 now preparing for its first full Christmas season. Three shifts work around the clock shipping to over 170 towns. (Photo by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images)
BAD HERSFELD - NOVEMBER 09: Scenes around Amazon's new Logistics center for Amazon.de, Bad Hersfeld, Germany on November 9, 2010. The biggest in Europe with over 100,000 square meters of space. Opened in 2009 now preparing for its first full Christmas season. Three shifts work around the clock shipping to over 170 towns. (Photo by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images)
BAD HERSFELD - NOVEMBER 09: Scenes around Amazon's new Logistics center for Amazon.de, Bad Hersfeld, Germany on November 9, 2010. The biggest in Europe with over 100,000 square meters of space. Opened in 2009 now preparing for its first full Christmas season. Three shifts work around the clock shipping to over 170 towns. (Photo by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - NOVEMBER 26: Staff at the Amazon Swansea fulfilment centre process orders as they prepare for what is expected to be their busiest Christmas on record on November 26, 2010 in Swansea, Wales. The 800,000 sq ft fulfilment centre, the largest of Amazon's six in the UK and one of the largest in the world, is gearing up for 'Cyber Monday', which this year is Monday December 6, and is predicted to be the busiest online shopping day of the year. In 2009, Cyber Monday saw 2 million orders received at a rate of 23 orders per second. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - NOVEMBER 26: Staff at the Amazon Swansea fulfilment centre process orders as they prepare for what is expected to be their busiest Christmas on record on November 26, 2010 in Swansea, Wales. The 800,000 sq ft fulfilment centre, the largest of Amazon's six in the UK and one of the largest in the world, is gearing up for 'Cyber Monday', which this year is Monday December 6, and is predicted to be the busiest online shopping day of the year. In 2009, Cyber Monday saw 2 million orders received at a rate of 23 orders per second. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - NOVEMBER 26: Staff at the Amazon Swansea fulfilment centre process orders as they prepare for what is expected to be their busiest Christmas on record on November 26, 2010 in Swansea, Wales. The 800,000 sq ft fulfilment centre, the largest of Amazon's six in the UK and one of the largest in the world, is gearing up for 'Cyber Monday', which this year is Monday December 6, and is predicted to be the busiest online shopping day of the year. In 2009, Cyber Monday saw 2 million orders received at a rate of 23 orders per second. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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