"We didn't miss a single order," our section manager tells us with proper pride.At the end of my first day, I log into my Amazon account. Don't damage their stuff, kidnap their dog, or cancel their credit card. Revenge only feeds into your bitterness, stoops you to their level, and it offers no healing. In our broken state we give into our need for intimacy. I always tell people never post anything about your breakup online. Even though hair grows back, your bad pho-hawk might bruise your already broken confidence.

Tomorrow, 2 December – the busiest online shopping day of the year – that figure will be closer to 450,000.

And this is just one of eight warehouses across the country. Christmas is its Vietnam – a test of its corporate mettle and the kind of challenge that would make even the most experienced distribution supply manager break down and weep.

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It expects to continue the growth that has made it one of the most powerful multinationals on the planet.

Right now, in Swansea, four shifts will be working at least a 50-hour week, hand-picking and packing each item, or, as the put it in an article a few weeks ago, being "Amazon's elves" in the "21st-century Santa's grotto".

Because Amazon is the future of shopping; being an Amazon "associate" in an Amazon "fulfilment centre" – take that for doublespeak, Mr Orwell – is the future of work; and Amazon's payment of minimal tax in any jurisdiction is the future of global business.

A future in which multinational corporations wield more power than governments. "It solved these huge challenges," says Brad Stone.

If Santa had a track record in paying his temporary elves the minimum wage while pushing them to the limits of the EU working time directive, and sacking them if they take three sick breaks in any three-month period, this would be an apt comparison.