It’s that time of year again, shoppers are frantically scrambling to purchase last-minute gifts and turning to Amazon to save the day. In order to handle the influx of orders and hold its own against competitors like Walmart, Amazon is using technology to get its seasonal warehouse workers up to speed in two days while ensuring that training remains safe and efficient. How do they do this? Different than its typical six week warehouse employee training, Amazon implemented a flexible two-day training system. There are two things that sets this training apart from Amazon’s typical training. First, it leverages technology such as robots that carry items, time-saving scanners, and screens that provide coaching; second, it gives trainees hands-on experience as early as day one instead of having new employees spend their first days in a classroom. John Olsen, Amazon’s Vice President of Human Resources, shared that the early hands-on training has “proven to be a huge advantage” in helping workers to hit the warehouse floor as soon as possible, and emphasized Amazon’s goal is to continue to improve training by asking, “What is the technology that can set an employee up as efficiently and as safely as possible?” The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Stevens examines how blending on-the-job training and technology helps employees quickly apply newly learned skills to keep Santa’s sleigh on time, and how the training not only saves Amazon money, but has the potential to reduce turnover and influence revised training for full-time employees beyond the holidays.