Atlas Insider: Amazement – Modern Daily Knitting

One of the downsides to having plenty of space to spread everything out in Atlas HQ is that you can bet the items on each order will come from far corners of the warehouse. If there are only two items to pack, one will be stored on the shelf in Eastern Time and the other on the shelf in Central Time. After approximately three thousand and eleven steps, your order for a field guide and a cup of coffee will be on its way to you. (It could be worse; I know an Amazon warehouse walking worker who says he walks about 25 miles a day on his warehouse floor and yes, he has zero percent body fat.)

It’s not perfect. We’ve struggled to come up with the best way to simplify the order picking process, but since we can’t exactly Predict the set of items that will appear (although we are beautiful Good at guessing correctly!), it was hard to solve – and as the MDK adds more stuff, these things get more prevalent.

Because it is not practical to rearrange the repository every time a new item is added. No matter how popular we suspect it might become. It will always end up on the nearest empty shelf…even if it’s a mile away.

But there’s always a moment of light with these things… at the end.

During the early stages of the pandemic, I was doing all the grocery shopping for my parents. Once a week, my mom would send me her list, then rewrite it in the order my local grocery store designed—from product to drug and ice cream (and yes, that’s pretty much a life metaphor if you ask me).

The goal was to go down each lane at once, without backing off, so getting the order right was really important. Except for the occasional curve ball (hello, pickled beets, which would have been with pickled beets or beets and actually turned out to be stored in both areas, but also: Mom, why do you eat so many pickled beets?), this regimen reduced my time in The store got me in and out in about ten minutes, no matter how long the list was. It worked perfectly (until they decided to rearrange the design of the grocery store during the pandemic, and yes, I wrote a stern letter that begins “Now look here…”).

That’s what we’re doing in the warehouse, starting next week. We finally got our own automated magical checklist machine to sort things out in warehouse order, and in theory, we’d be trying each lane exactly once a day instead of running up and down the lanes trying to remember where the dangerous Dicky Pin is. The new method will tell us, “Start in lane 1, you idiot.” And that’s what we’ll do. Nor @us: We know that’s how Bigtime repositories actually do this.

I’m not entirely sure he’ll get anything out of here more quickly, but one thing he’ll do is let others jump in and help – even if they didn’t choose before. We can just hand them the checklist and say, “Here you go, start at the beginning of the maze, little mouse, and we’ll see you in ninety minutes.”

Meanwhile, the rest of us will be enjoying a jar of pickled beets in the kitchen, laughing at the lollipop pushing the cart in the warehouse. Ssssshhhhhhhh.

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