Walmart consolidation center to open in Colton, bringing more than 600 jobs

Walmart consolidation center to open in Colton, bringing more than 600 jobs

Walmart will open a 340,000-square-foot consolidation center in Colton in July. The facility will initially employ 150 workers, the retailer said, but that is expected to exceed 600 by 2021. (Photo courtesy of Walmart) A Walmart supply chain first is coming to Colton.

The mega-retailer plans to open a 340,000-square-foot consolidation center at 1600 Agua Mansa Road in July. Using automated technology, it will be the company’s first consolidation facility to receive, sort and ship freight. The technology will allow three to four times more volume in the flow of merchandise, resulting in more nimble and flexible product fulfillment, the […]

What The Future Of Work Means For Cities

What The Future Of Work Means For Cities

George Jetson at work NOTE: This is an excerpt of Planet Money’s newsletter. You can sign up here .

Two weeks ago, MIT’s David Autor gave the prestigious Richard T. Ely lecture at the annual meeting of American economists in Atlanta. Introduced by the former chair of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke as a "first-class thinker" who was doing "path-breaking" work on the central economic issues of automation , globalization , and inequality , Autor strolled up to the microphone with a big smile. His talk was about the past and future of work, and he focused especially on […]

Age of robotics: Letters to the editor, Jan. 14, 2019

Age of robotics: Letters to the editor, Jan. 14, 2019

Age of robotics is drawing near

Advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence are occurring at an exponential pace, leading to a future where manual labor and service-sector jobs will inevitably become automated. The impact of globalization, in combination with the current political pressure for raising the minimum wage, will convince more businesses to replace human workers with robots and algorithms that do not need mandatory work breaks, health benefits or sick days.

While some Fresnans are understandably grateful for Amazon’s new warehouse in southwest Fresno, these jobs aren’t permanent and won’t sustain the city for what is coming ahead. […]

How will automation affect jobs and employment?

How will automation affect jobs and employment?

There’s an excellent piece on automation and employment in the Harvard Business Review; here are what I see as the main takeaways.

What jobs will be lost and where are they?

Yes, automation will undoubtedly create jobs – as technological change always has. The key here is the pain and opportunity will happen in ways we can predict.Jobs that are “automatable”are mostly routine, lower-skilled positions. Think logistics, manufacturing, transportation, retail, some construction and heavy industry. These jobs are more likely to be held by men, and tend to be located in inland California and many smaller southern and midwestern […]

Japan unleashes ‘BLADE RUNNER’ humanoid robots to replace manual labour: ‘Jobs at risk’

Japan unleashes ‘BLADE RUNNER’ humanoid robots to replace manual labour: ‘Jobs at risk’

HUMANOID: The robot is designed for heavy lifting and to replace humans Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has developed a humanoid robot prototype called HRP-5P, which is capable of heavy lifting.

It is intended to autonomously perform heavy labour or work in hazardous environments, its intelligence comprises environmental measurement and object recognition, full-body motion planning and control.

AIST claims: "The use of HRP-5P will accelerate R&D toward practical application of humanoid robots at building construction sites and in assembly of large structures."The news comes after figures from the Department for Work and Pensions estimated that nearly nine million jobs could […]

Michael Hicks: Factory jobs are changing fast

Michael Hicks: Factory jobs are changing fast

(Photo: Photo provided by Ball State University) Manufacturing employment has enjoyed a long recovery since the darkest days of the Great Recession. As of late last year, we have a full 108,000 more factory jobs than in summer 2009, which marked the trough of the business cycle. This recovery eased some of the deep impacts of automation and trade that cost the United States and Indiana about one third of all factory jobs.

Here in Indiana, from January 2000 through the start of the Great Recession, factory employment dropped some 126,600 workers. From the December 2007 through the end of […]

Why Shoe Production May Never Come Back to the US

Why Shoe Production May Never Come Back to the US

Sneakers inside Nike’s House of Innovation 000 in NYC. Between China’s contracting manufacturing sector and the ongoing trade war between Beijing and Washington, it’s no surprise the shoe industry is speculating about the future of footwear production and whether it will eventually return to the United States.

Shoes are among the most largely imported products in the fashion industry, with about 98 percent of all footwear sold in the U.S. created abroad, according to the American Apparel & Footwear Association. Nearly three-quarters of those imports hail from China, partly due to a significantly lower cost of labor and less labor-intensive […]

Automation vs Today’s Jobs

Automation vs Today's Jobs

This – I have observed entire teams and departments that have no reason to exist except to exist. I had a manager once go "But X is doing this manually. Why are you trying to make it run automatically in the codezzzz? Don’t do it." X was a 40 year old guy who’d been doing nothing but writing SQl Queries to manually process some Invoice data and write them into tables that were used to generate reports. I was told how to streamline the process but then they didn’t want to do it cos X would […]

Tucker Carlson Roasts Acosta: “In A Single Devastating Act Of Journalism, CNN Killed The Wall”

Tucker Carlson Roasts Acosta:

Tucker Carlson opened the Thursday edition of his FOX News show by assailing CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta for his roundly mocked Twitter video that attempted to show how "tranquil" the border is without a border wall. Acosta filmed himself alongside a border barrier.

"This debate is over," Carlson sarcastically said. "We’re not getting a barrier along our southern border. We can’t. Not now, not ever. That possibility was permanently destroyed today by a fact-seeking missile of truth launched by one of our country’s premier cable news outlets. In a single devastating act of journalism, CNN killed the wall."

"It […]

Where Are All of America’s Blue-Collar Workers in 2019?

Where Are All of America’s Blue-Collar Workers in 2019?

What if the problem isn’t just that “the economy” as a whole is somehow underperforming, but instead, that America has become incapable of preparing its citizens to take part in it?

In 2019, experts expect the blue-collar labor market in America to be tight, at best. So what’s going on? What forces are at play here, in the most productive and economically successful country in the world? Where have all of America’s blue-collar workers gone, and what does it mean for our country and our economy in 2019 and beyond?

Which Jobs Are Affected — and Why? Here’s a refresher […]