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Amazon Fulfillment Center workers prep orders Monday. Photo by Dan Kennedy/WRCBtv.com Amazon Fulfillment Center workers prep orders Monday. Photo by Dan Kennedy/WRCBtv.com

Amazon expects this to be best online shipping season ever starting with the traditional Cyber Monday.

And the Chattanooga Amazon Fulfillment Center invited Channel 3 inside the facility for unprecedented access. In fact, a company spokesperson said it's the first time local news has ever been granted that kind of access.

The fulfillment center at Enterprise South hired thousands of extra seasonal workers to help with operations in the facility the size of 28 football fields.

Last year, customers ordered a record-breaking 306 items per second. And Amazon expects customers will find new deals every ten minutes this Cyber Monday.

"You're able to shop in the comfort of your own home and have items shipped directly to your doorstep. What's not to like about that?" said Amazon Spokesperson Keisha Cochrane.

Some of Amazon's top deals this Monday include:

  • Save $50 on Kindle Fire HDX 7" Wi-Fi models, starting at $179
  • 50% off select Mattel and Fisher-Price items
  • 46% off Canon PowerShot point-and-shoot camera
  • Samsung 46-inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV, $477.99
  • 10% off select Beats and Bose headphones

DRONE DELIVERY?

Amazon announced Sunday evening the possibility of drone delivery to your front door. It's called "Amazon Prime Air" and it would deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.

"It looks like science fiction, but it's real. From a technology point of view, we'll be ready to enter commercial operations as soon as the necessary regulations are in place," Amazon said on its website.

Amazon said it's still a few years away from a delivery option. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to release its rules on drones in 2015.

Today on Channel 3 Eyewitness News Live at 5, Dan Kennedy takes you inside the center with a rare access tour.

 

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