Amazon files patent for underwater warehouses

Signal of change / Amazon files patent for underwater warehouses

By Madhumitha Ardhanari / 12 Jul 2017

A major issue most logistics companies will face in the next few years is land scarcity. Amazon is now tackling that by actively exploring the possibility of underwater depots. It's still in the patenting stage and sounds very much out there. However, I wonder how efficient acoustic vibrations will be in the long run. More importantly, given the massive impact of shipping and military exercises on marine life, I worry of the negative consequences of such technologies.  

"Following its proposal for flying warehouses, online retailer Amazon has filed a patent that would see its depots submerged underwater, with items summoned to the surface by acoustic vibrations.

Details of the patent, which was filed earlier this year in the US, have emerged this week. It outlines Amazon's vision for using lakes, reservoirs and purpose-built pools as "fulfilment centres" as demand for internet-bought goods increases."

 

Amazon files patent for underwater warehouses

Following its proposal for flying warehouses, online retailer Amazon has filed a patent that would see its depots submerged underwater, with items summoned to the surface by acoustic vibrations. Details of the patent, which was filed earlier this year in the US, have emerged this week.



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