Amazon wants to increase its catalog for international customers by offering to purchase the inventory of thousands of US third-party marketplace sellers at full retail price. The Fulfillment by Amazon offer could cause issues with companies that normally don't allow retailers to sell to Amazon and other resellers.
Warehouse robots are meant to work with people rather than displace them, especially in solving challenges such as mobility and placement, argues Jerome Dubois, the co-founder of 6 River Systems. A key step toward that is making it easy and engaging for human workers to interact with and control robots.
Staples will add robotic material handling technology to its current fulfillment centers to automate storage and retrieval. The technology is unique in that it combines two types of automated guided vehicles into a unified system -- bringing both high- and low-cubic-velocity products to one pick and pack station.
Boredom has been shown in studies to be a setting in which creativity can flourish, and it offers a path for handling the mundane parts of our workday. "Boredom is both a warning that we are not doing what we want to be doing and a 'push' that motivates us to switch goals and projects," says Andreas Elpidorou, a researcher and philosophy assistant professor at the University of Louisville.
Many leaders suffer from what Mark Nation describes as "Tin Man syndrome," meaning they run on autopilot without being passionate about their work and their interactions with others. Nation encourages people to approach the office with empathy, trust and gratitude.
US District Judge James Boasberg on Thursday ruled that the North Dakota Petroleum Council can have a say on whether the Dakota Access Pipeline should be shut down while the US Army Corps of Engineers conducts a new environmental review. Other national energy and manufacturing groups could also be allowed to offer their input on the matter.
A House consumer protection subcommittee has advanced a bill that would relax restrictions on the makers of self-driving cars. The measure would exempt 100,000 autonomous cars each year from safety standards and would pre-empt state laws governing autonomous vehicles.
US-based fashion retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is focused on expanding sales in China, where it will start selling its namesake and Abercrombie kids styles on Alibaba Group's Tmall next week, the company said. The launch on Tmall will make Abercrombie's apparel accessible to fans without easy access to its 11 retail stores in the country.
Amazon will start selling Sears' Kenmore brand appliances online as part of the e-commerce giant's push to expand into home appliances and furniture, the companies said Thursday. Under the deal, Amazon will own the inventory, which will be shipped from Sears' warehouses, a Sears spokesman said.
LyondellBasell plans to build a $2.4 billion chemical plant near the Houston Ship Channel that will create 2,500 construction jobs and become one of the largest chemical plants in the world. It will create propylene oxide, which is used in building materials, among other things.
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