EDISON, NJ - There was a buzz in the air at the Amazon fulfillment center last week. Many of the 2,000 workers inside this 900,000 square foot center were dutifully, briskly ramping up for Prime Day, which ends tonight.
The 36-hour special Amazon Prime Day allows members to take advantage of millions of deals on everything from rice cakes to running shoes, from TVs to toddler beds, yoga pants to yogurt.
Considering that Prime Day 2018 was the biggest sales day ever globally for Amazon, the annual mid-July event has been emerging as a national summer holiday alongside Memorial Day and Independence Day since it was introduced in 2015.
Not only are shoppers busy, but he employees at this center on Route 27 as well as the other nine New Jersey locations - there's two in Avenel, two in Carteret and one each in Cranbury, Florence, Logan Township West Deptford and Robbinsville - are in high gear now making sure everyone receives their purchases.
"We have the Christmas season and we have Prime Day," said Mariana Rivedeneria, a packer. "It's very exciting. We're preparing for it. We have a lot of work coming in and we're trying to get all the stations set up so we can be ready for (Prime Day)."
Amazon spokeswoman Courtney Norman said the perception that Amazon is competing against small and medium business owners isn't true. She said that during Prime Day 2018, sales for small- and medium-sized businesses selling on Amazon surpassed $1.5 billion.
Norman said that Amazon's fulfillment network supports millions of business of all sizes worldwide by its Fulfillment by Amazon option. There are more than 66,000 authors, small- and medium-sized businesses and developers in New Jersey growing their businesses and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services.
"Prime Day, there's excitement all around," said Eric Schoner, a picker, who spoke in between grabbing power tools and puppy treats off of mobile shelving units known as pods. "All the associates are talking about it. It's a time we really get to interact with associates from different shifts."