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The Future of Automation in Ecommerce
Greg Nichols writes the following for ZDNET:
What’s the state of retail and e-commerce? When it comes to fulfilling orders, it’s clearly gone to the robots, and there’s no turning back.
That’s the conclusion of a new state of the industry report by Berkshire Gray. The reason will be familiar to those who have tracked industries like durable goods manufacturing, agriculture, and commercial trucking: A new generation of workers don’t want jobs with low pay, low stability, and high burnout. …
Nearly three-quarters (71%) of executives who responded to Berkshire believe robotics automation is necessary. That’s driven in part by changing labor dynamics and in part by consumer trends that are straining online retailers. …
Here’s why this matters to the consumer: In the short term, it’s going to enable the comfort and convenience we’ve so quickly grown to demand. In the long term, however, no one has the slightest inkling what an increase in automation in sectors as varied as warehousing, fast food, construction, and manufacturing will do to the blue collar leg of a national economy that in modern times has always employed a sizable number of lower paid workers.
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