I am taken aback with the comments on this piece. Some people believe getting a job is more important that the work culture. I feel this was nice piece to read on, since currently, when I am writing my thesis on the topic of why big corporates like Google, Microsoft are including play and fun element in the current jobs. While this kind of factories and warehouses go against the present upcoming psychology of introducing freedom and play at work.
Shining blue and bright above a subterranean labyrinth of hollow shafts, a warehouse sits upon the abandoned remains of a coal mine that once defined this working-class English town. It is as bright as the mines are dark, as vast as the shafts are claustrophobic, as clean as they are filthy. This warehouse represents a future of shopping that does to brick-and-mortar retail what it has already done to the coal mine that used to thrive in its place: Bury it without filling the hole it left behind.
This warehouse is the focus of one particular vision of retail’s future captured by Ben Roberts in Amazon Unpacked, a haunting series of photographs exposing the inner workings of Amazon’s massive fulfillment center in the English Midlands.
Roberts was originally sent to Amazon’s fulfillment warehouse to contribute to a Financial Times article about the online retail giant’s impact upon the town of Rugeley, which fell on hard economic times after the closure of the area’s main employer, a coal mine, back in 1990. In 2011, Amazon announced its intent to set up a fulfillment center in the once vibrant town. It would be a packaging and delivery nexus through which Amazon’s centralized computer brain orchestrated the shipment of millions of packages every year, all throughout the U.K. More important? It would hire a significant number of locals, some of whom had been out of work for 20 years.
WHEN AMAZON OPENED ITS WAREHOUSE IN THE FORMER COAL-MINING TOWN OF RUGELEY, ENGLAND, RESIDENTS THOUGHT THE COMPANY MIGHT BRING BRIGHTER ECONOMIC PROSPECTS. AS PHOTOGRAPHER BEN ROBERTS HOPES TO SHOW, THAT’S NOT EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.
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