Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

There are more jobs for forklift drivers, but fewer diners at the local BBQ joint. On a recent weekday morning, a handful of job seekers were filling out applications at desktop computers in the Jefferson, Ga., office of Hire Dynamics, a staffing company with several locations across the South. All were there to tap the warehouse boom in Jackson County, about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta. Since 2015, at least 31 e-commerce fulfillment centers and other distribution depots have opened or are under development. The list of arrivals includes Amazon.com, Williams-Sonoma, and FedEx. Larry Feinstein, chief executive officer of Hire Dynamics, says the local labor market was already tight when Amazon.com Inc. opened a 1,000-person fulfillment center in the county last year.




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"Amazon comes in and sucks up all the labor," says Feinstein, whose recruiters are scrambling to hire 40 people a day for a warehouse operated by Carter's Inc., a maker of baby and children's clothing. "Every one of our clients up there has raised their pay rates at least $2."


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The robots that will replace them are already on the market.

#1 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-02-27 01:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3


Yeah, that's what surprises me. With all the hype about self-driving cars, why not self-driving forklifts?

Forklifts work in a very structured environment, one that could easily be further optimized for them. There are no random pedestrians or deer to worry about. ...

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-02-27 01:23 PM | Reply

Fancy new automomous forklifts is going to be a hard sell when both forklifts and the high school graduates who drive them are pretty cheap right now.

But for a company with money and need, sure. They had robots moving pallets of cigarettes when I toured RJR decades ago.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-27 01:45 PM | Reply

More warehouses, less retail.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-27 05:22 PM | Reply

Unless you live in one of these areas where warehouse development is happening, or unless you work for Fedex/UPS, Amazon is probably not helping you.

#5 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-02-27 07:07 PM | Reply

Just what Atlanta needs, more traffic jams. They are everywhere.

#6 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-02-28 07:24 PM | Reply

Just what Atlanta needs, more traffic jams.

Sounds like Silicon Valley.

Look forward to the illegals, homeless, feces and drug needles on the street that is sure to come.

#7 | Posted by Pegasus at 2018-03-01 09:01 AM | Reply

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