Amazon Acquires Warehouse Tech Provider for $775 Million

Amazon.com has acquired North Reading, Mass.-based Kiva Systems, which provides automation technology in distribution centers, for $775 million in cash. Amazon takes its warehouse side of the business seriously, adding 17 new facilities — equivalent to millions of square feet — in 2011 for a total of 69 centers. The Seattle-based e-commerce provider said the acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus