The city of Roundup in Montana, Usa, was originally home to many self-sufficient people and ranchers, and although it once flourished as a coal mining town, it was a small town with fewer than 2,000 residents as of 2019. The round-up has become an “Amazon hub” in a strange way in recent years, with about twice as many packages flowing in every day as the number of residents. It is clear how Amazon’s informal warehouse works.
Amazon has warehouses and fulfillment centers around the world, but none of them are roundup. The round-up is called the Prep Center, which is not Amazon’s official facility. The Prep Center is a facility dedicated to “packing products” to meet the standards of the automated Amazon warehouse. The reason the roundup became Amazon’s hub dates back to 2015. Kristal Graham, then 39, became engrossed in the world of the marketplace after using Amazon’s marketplace to sell his late brother’s book.
The Amazon Marketplace is a non-Amazon-official, third-party sales platform. Graham used to use the marketplace to sell his brother’s books, but when he got the book stock, he came up with the idea of selling books from other retailers on Amazon. Such resale is not uncommon on Amazon. However, to use Amazon’s fulfillment center, you’ll need to pack for an automated fulfillment center. This is because the automated robot moves and carries luggage at the fulfillment center, minimizing human power.
To meet the requirements of the fulfillment center, the old barcode must be replaced with a new barcode, the glass must be wrapped in packaging material, and items without stability must be fixed to the box. After reading this need, Graham started a pre-center business to repack items purchased by resellers, and as of November 2019, New Hampshire, Oregon, We now have multiple facilities in areas without consumption tax, such as Delaware. Resellers can increase their margin by a few percent by by entering the address of these prep centers when they purchase items from retailers like Target. When Graham started his business, he immediately arrived at stores all over the United States, including Walmart and Target. Graham employed dozens of employees because of so much baggage, including family and friends. However, there was too much inflow, and the company ended up with a long period of hard labor, and the friendship broke down. A friend linda, who left Graham, started a similar business on her own, and When Linda’s neighbor told his acquaintance Jill about the existence of the business, Jill started the business. The round-up prep center has skyrocketed as women with various circumstances, such as layoffs and care for relatives, start similar businesses. The roundup receives 3,000 to 4000 Amazon packages, about twice the town’s population, every day. Graham is standing in the prep center.
You can see the hugeness of the prep center from the photos.
Over the past few years, marketplace sellers have developed software to find products that can make a profit through web scraping. However, the logistics system lacked the equipment to verify that the actual product was healthy and repackage it according to Amazon specifications. It was the prep center that just matched the demand here. With the advent of the prep center, items such as shoes and toys first crossed from retail stores such as Walmart to the prep center, then repackaged to Amazon’s fulfillment center, Finally, we were able to reach the consumers. Also, when a reseller purchases a product from a third party from Amazon that does not use prime shipping, the package delivered from Amazon to the prep center is repackaged. There’s also a strange situation going on that it’s being delivered to Amazon again. This is called “Amazon Flip”. “I think it’s strange, and I’m horrified to think how many people have gone through a warehouse and how many people have put the product in the hands of the warehouse,” says Graham. However, people who actually buy products on Amazon don’t realize that because they just magically experience “the product arrives the day after the order.” Even Graham, who runs a prep center business and knows the backside, said he had to rely on Amazon for a round-up where there are few shops and no supplies available.