PHOTOS: How Amazon orders go from online requests to your doorstep

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Cyber Monday is one of the busiest days of the year for online retail giant Amazon — but, besides adding additional workers, the process to get orders from your computer to your doorstep are the same.

Orders are processed in real-time, so when you click “buy,” it’s sent to an Amazon fulfillment center like the one in San Marcos. A “picker” sales associate calls up an order and requests that item from one of the hundreds of shelves in the warehouse. A special robot drives under the correct shelf and takes it to the associate, who grabs the item and places it in a bin. That bin travels via conveyor belt to a “packer” associate, who picks the correct box size and places the item inside with packing material. A machine spits out the appropriate amount of tape to seal the box and it’s on its way to another conveyor belt, or slide, to head out to be shipped. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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