Photos: A day in the life of an Amazon.co.uk order

Photos: A day in the life of an Amazon.co.uk order

Summary: You hit 'buy now' - and then what happens?

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  • 10:15am Just off Junction 13 of the M1, a few miles outside Milton Keynes, is the vast Marston Gate distribution centre of Amazon.co.uk. Arriving by taxi I can see the building from about a mile away, which eases some of my concerns about whether I'll be able to find the place.

  • 10.20am This is one of three distribution centres owned by Amazon in the UK. Two new buildings have been opened in Scotland on the outskirts of Glasgow and Edinburgh. They will handle predominantly electric goods, such as cameras and DVD players, while the Marston Gate centre will continue to offer all of Amazon's goods as well as housing the company's DVD rental business.

  • 10:45am Here's my book on the shelf. Looks like they've got a few copies left. There are miles and miles of shelf space inside the colossal hanger which at the moment is at its emptiest. Huge empty spaces show where the last Harry Potter book had been until its release. Soon the company will start to fill the shelves in the build-up to Christmas.

    'Pickers' work in set neighbourhoods of the warehouse, selecting items off the shelves which are part of live orders. They load up bright orange crates which are then taken off to be sorted and separated out into individual orders. If there are currently 12 live orders for The Da Vinci Code then all 12 will go into the same crate to be sorted further on down the line.

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