Nonlinear Thinking: The Robots Are Here

Stunning…, a Chinese e-commerce gargantuan, has built a big new Shanghai fulfillment center that can organize, pack and ship 200,000 orders a day. It employs four people — all of whom service the robots.

What’s going on: Welcome to the creeping new age of automation. When the talk turns to Chinese big tech — rivals to Google, Amazon and the rest of Silicon Valley — the names usually cited are Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent. But scrappy JD, with a respectable $58 billion market cap, is investing aggressively to be added to the pantheon.

Its secret sauce, executives said this week in Beijing and Shanghai, is logistics — its creation of China’s first east-to-west, north-to-south package delivery business, able to deliver a purchase the same day almost anywhere in the nation, as long as it’s ordered by 11 a.m – Axios



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3 Responses to Nonlinear Thinking: The Robots Are Here

  1. Cephalonia25 says:

    Definitely puts amazon to shame…but this is just the tip do the iceberg….robots are not just coming dor lowly warehouse jobs.

  2. macromon says:

    Exactly. Doctors and lawyers are next. Thanks for comments.

  3. fdr609 says:

    In the early 90s I had read that a Japanese car manufacturer in Japan built a totally automated assembly plant. The only workers required were mechanics to service the machines, a crew to receive parts and distribute them to the lines for the bots and another crew to drive the cars out of the plant, load them onto trailers and and truck driver to haul them away.

    It was reported that this venture was a money loser but the Japanese car manufacturer wanted to prove this could be done.

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