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The Maps That Show Amazon's Plans to Rule the World

Fulfillment centers and "sortation centers" around the globe.

Jason Del Rey has been a business journalist for 15 years and has covered Amazon, Walmart, and the e-commerce industry for the last decade. He was a senior correspondent at Vox.

If you follow Amazon, you know CEO Jeff Bezos has global ambitions. Amazon already registers 39 percent of its revenue overseas, and the company is just ramping up investment in promising e-commerce markets such as China and India.

So what does this global ambition look like on a map? Funny you should ask! A company called ChannelAdvisor, which helps companies sell goods on Amazon, eBay and other shopping marketplaces, has you covered. ChannelAdvisor CEO Scot Wingo today published a blog post examining how many warehouses Amazon has and where they are located. It’s a logistics nerd’s paradise.

Some of the warehouses are what Amazon calls fulfillment centers: These are big ol’ buildings where Amazon holds product inventory and from which it ships stuff out to customers. Some are what Amazon calls “sortation centers”: A newer type of facility, typically smaller than fulfillment centers, where orders are sorted in-house rather than by a partnering shipping company. And some, represented by a wrench, are under construction.

A couple of things to note here: Wingo says his company used a combination of press reports, job postings and an analysis of actual shipping addresses to come up with this map. So while this looks to be a very comprehensive list, there’s no guarantee that ChannelAdvisor has uncovered every single Amazon center operating or in the works. An Amazon rep declined to comment.

Also, look at the build-out overseas. Amazon is working on four new warehouses in India, according to the map, as part of a $2 billion investment it recently announced. The map also shows nine fulfillment centers in Germany, where Amazon has a $10 billion business but has run into problem with a labor union. The company also appears to already have at least a dozen fulfillment centers in China. Watch out, Alibaba?

Here’s the map of the U.S.:

And here’s the map of Europe and Asia:

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