19/12/2012 06:29 GMT | Updated 19/12/2012 06:33 GMT

From Amazon's Fulfilment Centre To Argos's Mega Base - How Companies Prepare For Christmas 2012 (PICTURES)

These are the pictures which show just how mega the spending for Christmas has become.

Gigantic warehouses stuffed from floor to ceiling with festive gifts are used to process thousands of packages in time for December 25th. Who needs Santa, eh?

Leading the charge is the Royal Mail's Medway Sorting Centre which looks more like a space shuttle control centre than a postal room.

Robot-like sorting machines dominate the £70m mail centre in Rochester which handles an average of 3.2 million items per day.

mail sorting centre

The epic postal centre in Rochester deals with millions of items everyday

Postal Workers At The Medway Mail Centre

But it's not just post which needs processing - there's boozy festive fun to be had too and that's where the Molson Coors national distribution centre comes in.

Operations manager Graham Broadhurst (below) stands amongst crates of beer at the distribution centre in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.


Postal Workers At The Medway Mail Centre

Spare a thought for the workers at the Argos Distribution Centre which is also fully geared up for the Christmas rush this coming weekend.

This view of its Barton Under Needwood centre shows how Santa might need a few more little helpers!

argos distribution centre

Argos prepared for Christmas battle

Postal Workers At The Medway Mail Centre

Trust Amazon to come up with a silly name for its operation in Swansea. Even though it's probably one of the biggest going, we're not sure it merits being called a "fulfilment centre".

Below is a worker at the Amazon "fulfilment centre" pulling a pump trolley past thousands of cardboard storage bins, which hold goods to be shipped all over the the world, in the run up to the festive period as online Christmas shopping increases.

amazon fulfilment centre in swansea

Postal Workers At The Medway Mail Centre

Meanwhile in the US, checkout's over-sized distribution centre in Salt Lake City - bonkers!

overstock warehouse