Archive for robots

This Week in Logistics News (April 8-12, 2019)

Today’s post was written by a robot. Well, not really, but robots are already writing news stories. As Nicole Martin (a human, I believe) highlighted in a recent Forbes article, “The Washington Post has a robot reporting program called Heliograf. In its first year, it produced approximately 850 articles and earned The Post an award […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 25-29, 2019)

“I am playing rugby this semester,” my daughter, a freshman in college, announced a few weeks ago. I don’t know anything about rugby, other than it kinda looks like American football, except it’s played with no helmets and pads, the ball is a bit bigger, and there’s a lot of diving into the end zone. […]

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Robots in Logistics: What Will Humans Do?

According to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), a record number of robots were shipped to companies last year, with more non-automotive companies installing robots than ever before. Almost 36,000 units were shipped in 2018, a 7 percent increase over 2017, with shipments to non-automotive companies up 41 percent. The fastest-growing industries included food and consumer […]

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Preparing for the Future of Supply Chains

If you could tell a warehouse manager back in 1980 that someday robots would be working alongside humans in the racks, or that individual items could be tracked and traced in real time, they would have laughed it off as science fiction. Every day, innovations that weren’t even conceivable a decade ago are used without […]

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This Week in Logistics News (February 26 – March 2, 2018)

When the Red Sox beat the Yankees in the American League Championship Series this year, I can say I was there at the beginning of the journey. Earlier this week, I scratched an item off my bucket list: taking my sons to Fort Myers to see a couple of Red Sox spring training games. Great […]

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Why Taxing Automation is a Bad Idea

Late last year, a San Francisco politician launched a statewide campaign to raise money for a California ballot that would penalize private enterprise for embracing automation in the workplace. The website, called “Jobs of the Future Fund,” boldly states: “The idea is simple: if an employer replaces a human worker with a robot or algorithm, […]

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