Category Archives: Labor Economics

Geographic gaps are widening in U.S. as economic growth increases

This is a quite interesting article on the distribution of economic development in the US.  It says we have to start doing something about the ill distribution to a few highly urbanized areas that are often based on high tech industries.

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Stifel Top 10 “Game Changers” in Logistics

This is the first  of two articles on the investment firm Stifel’s opinion of the top game changers in Logistics.  It’s a summary of the report Stifel recently issued.

One of their interesting views is that for all the talk of automation coming, actually in logistics people are seeing shortages of blue collar workers to do the jobs that are needed now. the automation isn’t coming fast enough to help firms with a problem getting labor. Their argument points to autonomous trucks and the world wide driver shortage.  Autonomous trucks are coming, but nowhere near fast enough to replace the dozens of folks leaving truck driving now.   It won’t bail us out.

Another point they make is that the e-commerce strategy of placing inventory further forward in the supply chain to be closer to customers may come up against a real shortage of places to put it, particularly in urbanized areas.  This makes Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods look very good indeed as a strategy.

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American Airlines glitch leaves 15,000 Christmas flights without a captain

Got this story by way of the Loadstar.

Reading the story I am impressed by the level of incompetence management showed. But in the view of the traveler (customer) the union will be blamed. So more anti-union sentiment will be generated.

In this case it is clearly a management mess-up.  Why shouldn’t the union call them out?  Why should the union go overboard to help management out of the mess? Why should temporary and part time workers get overtime pay for standard hours (for airline crews) in violation of the union contract?

What customers see is a flight that is canceled. If management says “It’s the union’s fault!” it would be lying.  Laying blame on the union is not fair.

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