Amazon has spent nearly $13.9 billion opening 50 fulfillment centers since 2010, bringing the total to 89 as of the end of last year. The company will end 2013 with five more. The online retail giant began speeding up warehouse construction to compete with a growing field of rivals and to get products to shoppers more quickly. "We've standardized them in such a way that opening them and replicating them happens very fast," said Dave Clark, vice president of worldwide operations and customer service.

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