Like it or loathe it, you can’t deny that Amazon’s operation in Dunfermline is impressive.
Most people don’t bat an eyelid as they drive along the M90 past the huge hangar-like fulfilment centre, but millions of orders will be dispatched from this site to customers across the UK, Europe and the world.
And its significance to the local jobs market cannot be overestimated.
Thousands of staff members will be beavering away between now and Christmas, negotiating the endless rows of towering shelves which now stretch out across an area the size of 17 football pitches.
That’s an amazing sight in itself, but the process involved in ensuring each product is delivered on time and in perfect condition is mind-boggling.
Technology plays a huge part and there are hundreds of processes to marvel at, but my heart goes out to the individuals who will be playing the part of Santa’s elves over the next few weeks.
It’s not easy work by any stretch, but the guys and girls I met at the coal face yesterday were getting into the Christmas spirit, despite the pressures that will pile on their workloads.
Think about them the next time you click “Add to basket”……