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Bye, bye jobs....
Topic Started: Feb 13 2018, 06:15 AM (109 Views)
John Galt
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Amazon.com Inc. is cutting hundreds of jobs at its headquarters in Seattle, paring back older departments focused on selling goods online while hiring in newer lines of business like cloud computing and its Alexa platform.

The reductions are part of a broader reorganization at the company, but some see the moves as a shift toward using more robots and computers for functions once performed by humans.

Amazon is automating tasks such as forecasting demand for new products and negotiating their prices, said Michael Lagoni, chief executive officer of Stackline, an e-commerce data analytics firm that helps brands and manufacturers sell on Amazon.

For instance, someone selling televisions would have to call an Amazon buyer, show them the product and negotiate terms for selling it on the platform. Now, those functions have been mostly automated, Lagoni said. Amazon is also making manufacturers and suppliers do more work -- such as coordinating marketing and promotions -- things that Amazon used to handle internally, he said.

"Amazon’s business is growing, not declining," said Lagoni, who spent a year at Amazon before launching his company. "They are either automating the work or passing it back to manufacturers to do themselves."


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-12/amazon-eliminates-hundreds-of-jobs-in-rare-cutback-times-says
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John Galt
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Whirlpool Corp. confirmed today that it is conducting layoffs at its campuses in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph.

The number or nature of the layoffs were not disclosed by Whirlpool’s spokeswoman Deborah O’Connor, who said the job cuts are part of a plan to reduce global costs by $150 million.

O’Connor said “reduction of jobs” is part of the solution to cutting costs, and that the company still employs approximately 4,000 employees in the southwestern Michigan region. She did not specify if the layoffs are temporary or permanent, and didn't give any information on the types of jobs lost.

No Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) was filed with the Michigan Workforce Development Agency, which is a requirement for employers who lay off more than one-third of their workers at a given location.

The layoffs come shortly after news that the federal government will take action to create protective tariffs that will protect American washing machine producers from foreign competitors.


https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/business/whirlpool-confirms-it-will-conduct-layoffs/article_20fb9343-16a2-5c39-b711-81f227d01862.html
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Jolly
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Send the jobs down South. We'd love to have them.
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Aqua Letifer
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I dunno about Whirlpool, but there’s a massive bidding war here for a new Amazon facility; to date it’ll be the largest on the East Coast.
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John Galt
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President Donald Trump’s move to slap steep tariffs on imported panels will kill tens of thousands of jobs, raise the cost of going solar and quash billions of dollars of investment, the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association warned on Tuesday.

The criticism from the industry’s top trade association raises questions about whether Trump’s tariff, billed by the administration as a move to protect U.S. manufacturing jobs, will backfire by forcing layoffs in what had been one of the energy industry’s fastest growing sectors.

“We are not happy with this decision,” SEIA President Abigail Ross Hopper said on a conference call with reporters. “It’s just basic economics -- if you raise the price of a product it’s going to decrease demand for that product.”

The administration announced the tariffs on imported solar panels, as well as washing machines, on Monday. The 30 percent tariff on imported panels in the first year will decline over four years, and 2.5 gigawatts of solar cell imports will be exempted each year. There is still uncertainty on when the tariffs will be imposed.

The tariffs could decrease the projected 11 gigawatt of solar forecasted to be installed in the United States this year by 2 GW, Hopper said, and result in 6.7 GW less solar over the four years of the tariffs’ implementation.

“It means billions of dollars of lost investment, 1.2 million homes that won’t be powered by solar,” Hopper said.

SEIA also expects the decision to cause the loss of 23,000 jobs this year, with more losses in subsequent years. The U.S. solar industry employs more than 260,000 workers - about five-times more than the coal industry.


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-tariffs-solar-jobs/u-s-solar-sector-says-trump-tariffs-will-kill-american-jobs-idUSKBN1FC2OC



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John Galt
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Automation strikes again in an unexpected industry. Would love to hear Renauda's take.

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The future of autonomous driving has arrived in the form of 440-ton capacity Komatsu ore-hauling trucks at Suncor Energy’s oil sands mines in northern Alberta.

The company says the behemoths are safer and more efficient; however, the union fears the loss of up to 500 jobs with more to come as other oil sands mines copy Canada’s biggest integrated oil and gas company.

Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy officer at the University of Houston, says automation is already transforming the oil and gas industry.

“There are three big trends that we are seeing in all of energy whether it is solar, whether it is battery storage, whether it is oil and gas,” Krishnamoorti said during an interview. These include digitalization, big data/analytics and automation. “Those three trends seem to have really picked up pace over the last five years in a way I don't think anyone anticipated.”


https://www.epmag.com/suncor-gears-roll-out-autonomous-vehicles-cut-jobs-1683521
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Jolly
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Meanwhile, the jobless rate in Texas is less than 4%, or almost full employment. Dallas is 3%, Austin is growing so fast , affordable housing is starting to be a problem and even Houston - post-hurricane - is about 4.5%.
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Companies will always look for cheaper ways to do things. Unfortunately, they do not always put the worker first and some of the cheaper ways will hurt the worker.

But like Jolly says, my understanding is that the job rate is quite low right now. Significant decrease under President Obama (but he cannot claim true credit for this) and continued decrease under President Trump (but he cannot claim credit for this either).
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Amazon is hiring anything that can fog a mirror in Cincinnati. With benefits.
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