October 18, 2021
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Amazon will recruit 150,000 seasonal workers this year, up from the 100,000 it planned to hire at this time last year, with an average US starting wage of $18 per hour. The company said last month that it has opened 250 logistics facilities in the US so far this year.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (10/18) 
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Innovation & Efficiency
Sephora debuts same-day delivery, revives live consults
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Sephora has rolled out same-day delivery for select items ordered by 4 p.m. via the Sephora website or mobile app in most major metropolitan areas, according to a company statement. The beauty retailer has also restarted its Live Beauty Help chat service, which directs consumer questions to its Beauty Advisor helpline.
Full Story: CNN (10/16),  Allure (10/14) 
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Distributors can manage inventory more effectively with a thorough self-audit, being honest about problems and experimenting with strategies other than just-in-time, writes Bridget McCrea. Automating additional processes and preparing for worst-case scenarios can also help, McCrea writes.
Full Story: Logistics Management magazine (10/12) 
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Intermodal rail service would benefit from five new areas of measurement as its importance grows, writes Theodore Prince, co-founder and chief operating officer of Tiger Cool Express. Prince recommends evaluating initiation of intermodal shipments, en route rail movement, destination terminal performance, terminal health and overall system health.
Full Story: CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly (10/15) 
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The number of work sites using mobile robots will increase more than fivefold by 2025, to over 53,000, according to Interact Analysis. Autonomous mobile robots are increasingly attractive because they can be quickly deployed and cost less than autonomous guided vehicles.
Full Story: Plant Engineering (10/14) 
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Hard work and being open to possibility is how we achieve, find happiness and become fulfilled, not goal-chasing, writes Dan Rockwell. "People who grow and give thrive," he writes. "Everyone else grows weary."
Full Story: Leadership Freak (10/15) 
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6 leadership lessons learned by a father about his son
The college-level baseball team that employed Larry Hanauer's son as a batboy serves as an illustration of why organizations should mentor, develop and entrust junior people, even if they don't "have any sage advice to contribute." "Teamwork is great, but even the most junior employees should own a task for which they are solely responsible and whose results they can see (and be held accountable for)," Hanauer writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (10/15) 
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Regulations & Policy
Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, are introducing a bipartisan bill that would ban platforms such as Amazon Marketplace from forcing companies that sell on their sites to buy the platforms' services or products, as well as forbid the platforms from giving their own products top billing in search results. The measure comes as reports say Amazon makes its own products based on top-selling items and places them high in search results.
Full Story: The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (10/15) 
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Business Update
There aren't enough truck drivers to handle backed-up cargo at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California, although Port of Long Beach Director Mario Cordero says staying open around-the-clock will let drivers pick up loads more quickly. Would-be drivers are struggling to get commercial licenses because of delays and closures at the California Department of Motor Vehicles, says Luis Franco, owner of Harbor Trucking School.
Full Story: CBS News (10/14) 
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Alibaba Group Holding has led e-commerce in China for more than 15 years, but consumers are shifting to new ways of shopping online that have created opportunities for younger rivals, including Tencent Holdings and Pinduoduo. However, Alibaba still leads with a 51% share of the market, down from 78% six years ago, according to data from eMarketer.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (10/17) 
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