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Amazon ready for highly anticipated Cyber Monday

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

The Amazon Fulfillment Center in Murfreesboro has the holiday shopping season all boxed up.

The well-known international electronic sales company hired thousands of workers to handle millions of products through November and December. Most products will be picked, packed, and shipped during the online retail shopping surge known as Cyber Monday.

"Last year, as you might have heard, we had over 26 million items ordered. That's 306 items per second. We're going to be even busier than that this year," said Erik Fairleigh, a spokesperson with Amazon.

According to the National Retail Federation, an estimated 131 million people will go online Monday, December 2, shopping for super savings.

Much like Black Friday in brick and mortar stores, Internet retailers deeply discount items to boost sales on Cyber Monday. This year, many deals will go beyond the single day.

"Customers can find great deals throughout this week," Fairleigh said of Amazon. "So in terms of the best deals on Kindles, electronics [and] home goods, you can find it. We're offering deals as often as every 10 minutes, hundreds of deals this week, and our best deals of the year."

Products listed on Amazon are discounted as much as 20 to 70 percent, but some deals are the more traditional "limited time only" offer.

Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX, which boasts a larger screen, more memory and longer batter life, is expected to spark big sales on Monday only.

"Today, on Cyber Monday, its $50 off, so it's $179," Fairleigh said. "It's going to be a great tablet. It's got that Mayday function for one-touch tech support."

Not all Amazon products are big names. Brittney Babbitt, a wife and mother known as The Sticker Girl, lives and works in Murfreesboro, making stickers for walls, vehicles, and businesses. Her company, like two million other sellers, is Amazon-based.

"You don't realize it's a community-based business. You always think of big business [with Amazon], and we're small time," Babbitt said. "I would've never imagined it being this crazy. It is amazing though. I mean, we appreciate the business so much."

Babbitt credits Amazon for growing her company by as much as 80 percent and for allowing her to work from home.

As a thank you to Amazon and Amazon customers, The Sticker Girl and several other sellers are offering deals side-by-side with Amazon deals.

Amazon added other promotions this year.  Sunday delivery is being offered through a partnership with the United States Postal Service.  Amazon Smile allows customers to shop the online site and contribute to a charity of their choice with every purchase.

Finally, customers can "Give Prime," a subscription service that provides free two-day shipping on 15 million items, entertainment through Prime Instant Video, and access to Kindle Owner's Lending Library.

Amazon has more than 40 U.S. fulfillment centers to distribute products across the country.  In addition to the Murfreesboro facility, other centers located are in Lebanon, Chattanooga, and Cleveland, Tennessee.

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