Amazon started out as a book-seller based in a garage in suburban America in 1995. Today it is worth about $1 trillion.
It recently opened its second warehouse in Leicestershire, close to East Midlands Airport.
One employee – Andrea Cook Ciccia – used to work in South America.
“It’s quite funny to say that I worked in the Amazon and I work for Amazon now,” she said.
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