Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Staydryitsraining, May 13, 2019.
New Amazon machines can pack 600 orders per hour, could replace thousands of jobs
Ups would actually have to spend money though...and not just that, pay a competitor.
I wonder if they can tape a box decently
Read online that Uber drivers are going on strike. Can only cut costs so much before the workers get fed up. Amazon is dumb. I’d love to see the reaction on all the worker’s faces being laid off because they got machines to do their work for them.
Only part I’m happy about is maybe the Amazon boxes won’t be so flimsy.
Within a year of announcing a $15/hr minimum wage within the company. Who would have ever seen this coming?
Don't be too happy ... you are a target for the same type automation at UPS.
I had to quote you because there is no ‘BAM’ badge. So tired of trying to explain their crappy packaging. I hope we charge them for tape, but I’m sure we don’t.
It’s almost as if it’s only sticky on the sides of the packages and the part that’s supposed to seal the main opening just quits.
yeah amazon workers are BTFO.
we aren't in any danger, however. In our union contract, we are protected from being replaced by technology, unless of course the Union agrees to accept these technological changes. Our jobs are safe, at least for the time being.
Amazon isn't dumb, they know exactly what they are doing.
Plus having your stock being valued at x10 that of UPS doesn't hurt either. They have cash to burn. If it fails, who cares? They have cash to spare.....
wait are you for or against a minimum wage?
In this case, Amazon implemented their own minimum wage which of course is fine. But now we see them eliminating these entry jobs with robotics immediately after the significant wage increase. Coincidence?
As for a Federal minimum wage? No, there shouldn't be. It's not their place. Businesses compete for labor and that self regulates wages. A federal minimum sets the bar low and thus becomes the automatic wage in an entry level job. That wage would likely be higher without the federal mandate.
As for a the idea of a $15 federal minimum? That would be devastating. Automation would take over most low skill jobs eliminating the important starting point for young people. We already see order kiosks at fast food restaurants. The next step is machines that actually assemble burgers/sandwiches which does exist and is waiting to be implemented if the wage reaches a breaking point.
Hope they get the robots to pack our trucks
Do you want them to deliver the packages too?
Will the robot also put a 50lb bag of dog food and 12 inches of bubble wrap in a refrigerator sized box?
Yes but only if the dog food has about 14 inches of room to shift.
I'm triggered right now, stop it guys, I'm calling my daddy.
Automation is coming for millions more jobs in this economy. Retail workers, call center workers, fast food workers, truck drivers, and on and on throughout the economy. The level of the minimum wage is irrelevant. If the minimum wage was indexed to inflation or productivity it would be well over $20/hr. We are at a crossroads, near a large shift in our economy, not unlike the Industrial Revolution of the past. Many are going to be left behind. I wouldn't encourage anyone to see UPS as a future career.
I believe this is the last days of a unionized UPS. With the vote no movement, social media, the forcing of the contract on members, there is going to be a lot of anger and resentment on the employee side at the end of this agreement. Turn by turn directions, Orion, driverless truck in feeders. I think the company will take this opportunity to bust the union.
Some interesting videos discussing automation, the changing economy, and a universal basic income.
Apparently they haven't stopped to consider how easy it is to sabotage a machine -----if workers have any balls left.
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