Amazon recently said it would move all Prime members from free two-day shipping to release a day's freight in 2019. It turns out that some customers are already releasing one day, as reported by The Verge.
While it is logistically going to take Amazon a while to get a free delivery to a day equipped for all customers, especially those in more rural areas that may be longer from the distribution centers ̵
This news is consistent with a Reuters report that Amazon is starting to replace some of its human box packers with machines that can unpack orders "4 to 5 times" faster than humans. The machines, which are already in a handful of layers, can pack a dizzying 600 to 700 boxes an hour. It's crazy.
However, for Amazon, it's not about speed – "It's really about efficiency and savings," according to the Reuters report. I'm honestly not sure how "efficiency" doesn't translate almost directly to "speed" but hi, anything. If it's faster, it's more effective.
The biggest question here is of course what it means for the workers who are replaced with the packaging machines. As you can imagine, box packing is a high turnover job, so instead of letting workers go, Amazon won't simply fill those roles when workers quit. Ultimately, the machines are likely to replace about 1,300 workers across the country.
As for those who stick to the packing positions, Amazon said they could be restored to different positions. The machines themselves still require three human workers: one for programming orders, one for loading carton and glue for the custom-built boxes and one for clearing out "temporary" jams. And when installing the machines, Amazon sets back about $ 1 million per machine . The company says it can retrieve the expense in less than two years and reinvest the money it will eventually save for "new services for
In other news
Windows 10 is at 825 million units, an" unhackable "USB -stick exposed passwords, Office 365 has a junk of subscribers and much more
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- "Unhackable" USB stick turned out to be leaking password: Honestly, you call your device "unhackable" primarily a rather harsh pull. The EyeDISK USB device was quite easily compromised by using a packet analyzer to detect that it sent passwords in plain text Oops [TechRadar]
- Office 365 has more than 214 million subscribers: Dude, there are so many subs. t MSPowerUser. Wild. [MSPU]
- Samsung missed the Galaxy Home window … again: Last year, Samsung Bixby announced smart speakers that no one wanted, then missed the delivery window. It showed it again at CES 2019 with a window glass from April 2019, but it also lacked it. There should not be much emphasis on delivering it anytime soon. [CNET]
- Google is targeting "Phone X" to Pixel 3a: Google started its Pixel 3a campaign hard and heavy, and is already challenging something called "Phone X" on price and camera features. [9to5Google]
- Spotify lets artists share the stories behind their music: A new feature called Storyline gives artists an Instagram-like way to share the story behind the song. It's cool. [Android Police]
- Google can test automatic crash detection on phones: The code was found in the latest Android Q meaning in collision detection, but it's unclear what this would do when a crash was detected. It can be assumed that it will automatically notify the authorities, but we wait until more info is available to make further assumptions.
What may be the most bizarre story I've ever seen, the CFO for a school lunch company called Choicelunch has been arrested for hacking into a competitor's database and stealing data from hundreds of students. Information about the students, what they think about eating and known allergies has been stolen from LunchMaster last year since traced back to where Choicelunch has its head office. An FBI investigation of the data protection ultimately lowered the hack on Choicelunch's CFO. It turns out that school lunches are a high-stakes, cutthroat world. Who knew? ! [The Register]