Walmart Warehouse Workers to Receive STEM Education

Walmart Warehouse Workers to Receive STEM Education

December 4, 2018

Walmart is preparing to open a Supply Chain Academy for its warehouse workers.  The Academy would provide Walmart’s warehouse workers with a variety of knowledge, skill, and abilities. In addition to business acumen, and knowledge to be a good operator in the warehouse, they will study STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

The hope is that Walmart Associates will grow with the evolution of the warehouse.  Today, most warehouse job are physically demanding.  However, as new technologies are added to the warehouse, the jobs will change and utilize more STEM knowledge.


Video Spotlight: Walmart Fulfillment Centers: Flexible Associates


This post is based on the Yahoo! Finance article, EXCLUSIVE: Walmart’s Grocery Warehouse Worker of the Future Will Have A STEM Background, by Julia La Roche, October 18, 2018, and the YouTube video, Walmart Fulfillment Centers: Flexible Associates by Walmart, May 30, 2017. Image source: Fuse/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions:

1. Why is Walmart’s inclusion of STEM education in its Supply Chain Academy somewhat unique?

Guidance: Many organization set training to the minimum level needed for the current job.  Any training, such as STEM education, is considered to add cost to the organization for Continue reading

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UPS’s Brown Friday

UPS’s Brown Friday

November 19, 2018

On October 19, 2018, UPS held job fairs at over 170 locations to attract seasonal hires. In anticipation of the holiday buying season, UPS plans to hire 100,000 seasonal workers.   In what UPS is calling “Brown Friday,” they hope to hire 40,000 seasonal workers in one day.


Video Spotlight: UPS’s ‘Brown Friday’ national hiring day


This post is based on the WFSB news story, ‘Brown Friday’ Underway As UPS Looks To Hire Thousands of Seasonal Employees, by Rob Polansky, October 19, 2018, and the YouTube video, UPS’s ‘Brown Friday’ national hiring day, by WTHR, October 19, 2018 Image source: Stockbyte/Superstock.

Discussion Questions:

1. What is the best way for UPS to manage the national hiring day event?

Guidance: Project management would be the best approach to handle this event.  It is complicated by having over 170 locations.  It’s a good opportunity to discuss how to plan such an event using project management techniques.

2. What processes must be in place for this event?

Guidance: Although UPS hires seasonal workers every year, processing over 40,000 applications efficiently will take some planning.  Applications need to be completed correctly, information Continue reading

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Robot Farmers

Robot Farmers

October 23, 2018

The start-up company, Iron Ox, is working to deliver robotically grown vegetables.  They have planted their first robot farm about 25 miles south of San Francisco in a warehouse.  They intend to sell their vegetables to local restaurants later this year, and to supermarkets early next year.

Their first farm is in a warehouse forcing them to use artificial lights, and thus substantial energy.  But future robot farms will be in greenhouses to reduce energy costs.  Their plan is to locate these robot farms close to metropolitan areas.


Video Spotlight: Watch robots grow food without farmers


This post is based on The Daily Times article, Meet the farmers of the future: Robots, by Michael Liedtke, September 28, 2018, and the YouTube video, Watch robots grow food without farmers, by CNBC, October 3, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / Beros919.

Discussion Questions:

1. What benefits does the use of robotics have for the farm?

Guidance: The biggest advantage is the reduction in labor.  The cost of farm labor is rising, and finding workers is getting more difficult.  Until recently, many of the workers on U.S. farms were not in the U.S. legally. Continue reading

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