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FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, file photo, an Amazon.com employee stocks books at the Amazon.com Fulfillment Center in
FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, file photo, an Amazon.com employee stocks books at the Amazon.com Fulfillment Center in Phoenix. Holiday sales jobs are now likelier to be in warehouses and trucks than in retail stores. Amazon alone planned to hire 20,000 more holiday workers this year, according to the personnel firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Amazon is the country’s largest and most sophisticated online retailer, but it still runs largely on manual labor. Scattered around the country are massive warehouses staffed by workers who spend their days picking objects off shelves and putting them in boxes. During the holiday season, the company calls on a huge reserve army of temporary laborers.

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