In the early days of Amazon, Jeff Bezos commissioned door desks for employees to work on
In the mid-90s, when Amazon employed only a few dozen people, team members would gather on the floor of a 400 ft^2 warehouse to pack shipments. Sales began to accelerate and packing would extend into the late hours of the night, so Jeff wanted to make employees more comfortable with packing tables.
So what did he do?
Made a trip to Home Depot, and assembled tables using solid-core doors, four-by-fours, and metal brackets.
This story has been told time-and-time again as a symbol for the values of Amazon. As a company, Amazon values frugality, and that the investments that matter are those in Amazon’s customers.