Robots Swoop In To Ease Holiday Hiring, Shipping Crunch
Cisco News, November 27th, 2019
November 27, 2019,
Volume 260, Issue 4

"At a time when more and more consumers expect to receive their packages the next - if not the same - day, leading online and retail firms are turning to robots for holiday help this season. Amazon says it expects costs to double in Q4 from Q2 to meet demand for its Prime one-day shipping, including hiring tens of thousands of workers for the busy holidays.

This surge in speed for packages - and increase in sheer volume - will have countless warehouse workers getting a hand from robots for the first time. France-based Geodis SA, a $9 billion global supply chain company, will boost its robotic workforce by 75 percent to help workers at its U.S. warehouses fulfill orders during the holiday peak. This year, the company plans to bring on as many as 7,000 new people for the holidays and are placing 281 Locus robots in five of their warehouses..."

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