Tag: warehouses

Why Union Efforts at Starbucks Have Spread Further Than at Amazon

Roughly six weeks after successful union votes at two Buffalo-area Starbucks stores in December, workers had filed paperwork to hold union elections in at least 20 other Starbucks locations nationwide. By contrast, since the Amazon Labor Union’s victory last month in a vote at a huge warehouse on Staten Island, workers at just one other […]

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Amazon Fires Senior Managers Tied to Unionized Staten Island Warehouse

After Amazon employees at a massive warehouse on Staten Island scored an upset union victory last month, it turned the union’s leaders into celebrities, sent shock waves through the broader labor movement and prompted politicians around the country to rally behind Amazon workers. Now it also appears to have created fallout within Amazon’s management ranks. […]

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Amazon Union Loses Vote at Second Staten Island Warehouse

The leaders, Christian Smalls and Mr. Palmer, met with the heads of major labor unions, who vowed resources and support. Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, rallied in front of LDJ5 on April 24, the day before voting began. At JFK8, workers often have 10-hour shifts, if […]

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Amazon vs. the Union

Last Wednesday, Derrick Palmer clocked in for his 7:15 a.m. shift at Amazon’s giant warehouse on Staten Island and spent the day packing boxes with board games, iPhones and mini vacuum cleaners. The following morning, he boarded a train to Washington, D.C., where more experienced labor leaders hailed him and his best friend, Christian Smalls, […]

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Gopuff Buys Time for Its 30-Minutes-or-Less Delivery Promise

“Once you can execute, and obviously that’s hard, it wins in the long term,” he said. Gopuff added that it was putting a public offering on the back burner because the stock market had been volatile and it had enough cash on hand. The layoffs were part of a global restructuring, it said. Mr. Gola […]

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Amid Soaring Demand for Warehouses, an Effort to Make Them Greener

Warehouses and distribution centers, decidedly unsexy buildings, became hot in the coronavirus pandemic as online shopping accelerated the rise in e-commerce and set off a frenzy of buying and building the boxy, low-rise structures, pushing up rents and increasing returns for investors. Now, as investors and others adopt carbon-reduction targets, the challenge is to make […]

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Vertical Farms Expand as Demand for Year-Round Produce Grows

A recently constructed 95,000-square-foot warehouse in Compton, Calif., ticks off all the boxes for the booming storage industry: 32-foot-high ceilings, a secure truck court and access to truck routes. But it won’t be used for cargo or storage. Plenty Unlimited, an agricultural start-up based in San Diego, is using the site for an indoor vertical […]

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Maybe Amazon Shouldn’t Have Dissed Its Own Workers

What makes this all the more remarkable is the extent to which the Amazon Labor Union had no formal ties to (or assistance from) more established unions. This was the bottom-up triumph of an independent organization, something very rare in American labor history, especially in light of the size of the shop in question, with […]

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Union Trails in Amazon Vote in Alabama, With Challenges Pending

Union supporters are narrowly trailing opponents in a union election at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama, the National Labor Relations Board said on Thursday. But the vote was far closer than a vote at the same warehouse last year, when workers voted down the union by a more than 2-to-1 ratio. The union had 875 […]

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How Amazon Is Resisting Unions in Two Upcoming Elections

On Staten Island, Amazon supervisors often refer to them as “training.” At an Amazon warehouse in Alabama, supervisors refer to them ambiguously as “meetings.” Amazon says they’re officially “small group meetings.” Whatever Amazon calls them, the anti-union sessions that the company has held for employees this year have been part of an effort to fend […]

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Warehouses Transform N.Y.C. Neighborhoods as E-Commerce Booms

But the rise of warehouses has also sparked significant opposition. While they provide jobs and can lower residential property taxes by contributing to the local tax base, people across the region say the large hubs will lead to constant flows of semi-trucks and delivery vans that will worsen pollution and traffic congestion. Understand the Supply […]

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New Jersey Freight Firm Aids Ukrainian Civilians Facing War

PORT READING, N.J. — A blue dot on a box means nonperishable food, ready for shipping. A red dot means first-aid items for hospitals still standing. A green dot means supplies for Ukrainians taking up arms: boots and kneepads, socks and gloves, thermal underwear and camouflage-patterned clothing. And in this cavernous warehouse, at the back […]

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San Francisco Proposes Moratorium on New Amazon Delivery Stations

On the Clock is Motherboard’s reporting on the organized labor movement, gig work, automation, and the future of work. San Francisco introduced legislation on Tuesday that would place an 18-month moratorium on parcel delivery facilities in the city, a move specifically designed to slow down and investigate Amazon’s rapid expansion of its last-mile delivery operations […]

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The Real Reason America Doesn’t Have Enough Truck Drivers

Every truck stop is like a shrine seeking to ward off the demons of fatigue. Refrigerated display cabinets are stocked with supercaffeinated energy drinks whose brand names attest to the trading of long-term health for a short-term jolt: Red Bull. Java Monster. Bang. “It’s a deal with the devil,” says Mr. Graves, who sticks with […]

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Amazon Warehouse in Alabama Set to Begin Second Union Election

During the first union election at Amazon’s Bessemer, Ala., warehouse, early last year, organizers largely avoided visiting workers at home because Covid was raging and few Americans were vaccinated. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union believed the precaution was prudent even if it made persuading workers harder and may have contributed to the union’s […]

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A Normal Supply Chain? It’s ‘Unlikely’ in 2022.

With the havoc at ports showing no signs of abating and prices for a vast array of goods still rising, the world is absorbing a troubling realization: Time alone will not solve the Great Supply Chain Disruption. It will require investment, technology and a refashioning of the incentives at play across global business. It will […]

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Warehouse Space Is the Latest Thing Being Hoarded

As retailers and logistics companies try to stockpile goods to hedge against supply chain problems, they are facing a new challenge: In many parts of the United States, there is little to no space available to stash the merchandise. The shortage of commercial warehouse and industrial space is the latest fallout from pandemic-fueled growth in […]

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Vimaan emerges from stealth to tackle warehouse inventory management using drones

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  Warehouse inventory management has become critical in light of pandemic-related supply chain issues. Unfortunately, it’s a practice that can sometimes fall by […]

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Why the Costumer of ‘The Gilded Age’ Is Being Driven Out of Business

Challenges began for Ms. Uffner in 2006, when the landlord of the building she occupied in Midtown “invited” her, as she put it, to break her lease early. He was selling the building and wanted her out, but moving thousands of racks of clothing was going to be an ordeal. At the same time commercial […]

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