Red Envelope Madness!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

NPR visits Netflix


National Public Radio reporter Scott Horsley visited the Netflix distribution center in Santa Ana, California, and brought back a sweet photo of the zip code machine that Netflix uses to sort 17,000 mailers per hour, to speed things up for the postal service. He also reports on the following details of the Netflix service:
  • Netflix is one of the postal services FIVE LARGEST CUSTOMERS

  • Netflix ships and receives SEVEN MILLION DVDS PER DAY

  • The Santa Ana distribution center processes 130,000 DVDs per day

  • Membership is nearly 5 million

  • Membership is expected to be 6 million by year-end

  • Round-trip postage costs Netflix 78 cents per mailer

  • Upon their return, Netflix movies are stuffed into a new envelope BEFORE THE ENVELOPE IS ADDRESSED, which solves the mystery of the see-through slot on the back. That barcode is definitely used to determine how to address the envelope according to who gets the movie inside next

  • Netflix workers get a FREE DVD PLAYER and FREE NETFLIX SUBSCRIPTION

You can listen to the whole story here

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