Business, Technology, Autonomous

Delivery Robot Operators Adjust to Home Environment

Postmates robot operators are performing their duties from home. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Peter Daniels is one of the millions of Americans working from home because of the coronavirus, and he watches delivery robots as they roll along sidewalks 350 miles away.

Ira Boudway | Bloomberg News
May 20, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

As Robots Introduced to Warehousing, Workers Have to Adapt

Warehouse Robots Amazon robots move along the warehouse floor with packages before finding the proper delivery chute, transporting packages from workers to chutes that are organized by zip code, at an Amazon warehouse facility. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. — Guess who’s getting used to working with robots in their everyday lives? The very same warehouse workers once predicted to be losing their jobs to mechanical replacements.

Matt O’Brien | The Associated Press
December 30, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

XPO Robots Assist UK Workers With Holiday Volumes

An XPO warehouse An XPO Logistics warehouse. The company says it invests about $550 million annually in innovation. (XPO Logistics)

XPO Logistics has increased its use of robots in the United Kingdom in anticipation of holiday retail volumes, the Connecticut-based company said in a Nov. 19 news release.

November 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Boeing Scuttles Use of Robots for Fuselage Work on 777, 777X Jetliners

Boeing Boeing employees perform quality checks. (Alex FLynn/Bloomberg News)

Score one for the humans. After four years of trial and error, Boeing Co. is dumping one of its most ambitious forays into automation: the robots that build two main fuselage sections for its 777 jetliners and an upgraded version known as 777X.

November 14, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Robots Are Hurting Pay, Fed Study Finds

Robots Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Automation has “contributed substantially” to reducing the portion of national income that goes to U.S. workers over the past two decades, according to a new study by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Simon Kennedy | Bloomberg News
October 1, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

DHL Opens Chicago Innovation Center

DHL worker at Chicago Innovation Center Using Google Glass, a DHL worker remotely operates a Crown Rider Double Pallet Jack at the new Innovation Center in Chicago. (Dan Ronan/Transport Topics)

CHICAGO — Chicago’s long history as a transportation and logistics hub is one of the reasons DHL North America selected the city for its third Innovation Center worldwide. The Americas Innovation Center, which opened Sept. 12, showcases technologies that already have provided significant productivity increases.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 12, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Robots Displacing Jobs Means 120 Million Workers Need Retraining

Robotic Arm Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg News

More than 120 million workers globally will need retraining in the next three years due to artificial intelligence’s impact on jobs, according to an IBM survey.

Shelly Hagan | Bloomberg News
September 6, 2019

New Square Service Uses Robot Photographer to Snap Products

A camera and lighting equipment set up at Sqaure Ecom's photo studio A camera and lighting equipment set up at Sqaure Ecom's photo studio in Brooklyn, N.Y. on July 10. (Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg News)

A new service developed by Square Inc. is offering robotic product-photography. It will charge about $10 plus shipping for customers to send a product weighing less than 20 pounds to the Brooklyn studio and within two weeks, receive three digital photos from different angles.

Julie Verhage | Bloomberg News
July 22, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

New, More Agile Robots Speed Takeover of Jobs From Humans

Robots Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg News

Robots that can see, learn and grip different items are advancing quickly into the retail, food-and-beverage, and consumer-packaged-good industries. While deliveries of robots to the U.S. auto industry fell 12% last year, shipments to food and consumer-product companies soared 48%.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
July 12, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Robots Taking on More Georgia Warehouse Jobs as Industry Grows

Robot An Amazon warehouse robot. (Bess Adler/Bloomberg News)

E-commerce, growing at 15% a year, is driving a second boom in Georgia’s robust warehousing and logistics industry, which employs about 118,000 packers and material handlers across the state.

Christopher Quinn | The Atlanta Journal Constitution
May 29, 2019