Teamsters Say No to Driverless Delivery

Teamsters Say No to Driverless Delivery

February 2, 2018

UPS and the Teamsters have opened contract negotiations.  Their last contract was signed in 2013, at the start of the online retail boom.

In light of the large growth in deliveries from online store like Amazon, UPS is looking to add flexibility in this contract to allow competition against other delivery organizations, and meet the increasing demands to speed up delivery of goods.

However, the Teamsters’ initial demands are to prohibit UPS from using drones or driverless trucks. Also, they want to eliminate deliveries after 9:00 pm (including the Christmas delivery season), and hire an additional 10,000 employees.  UPS has added approximately 40,000 employees over the last five years.

This post is based on the Fox Business article, Teamsters Tell UPS: No Drones or Driverless Trucks, by Paul Ziobro, January 24, 2018. 

Discussion Questions
1. Should UPS consider the demands of no drones and no driverless trucks in contract negotiations?

Guidance: Collective bargaining is a difficult process.  Unions typically want to protect their membership, and expand if possible the number of union jobs.  This is exactly what the Teamsters are demanding with these provisions.

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Amazon Go-Go-Go

Amazon Go-Go-Go

February 1, 2018

Amazon Go is now open to the public. You may have heard of Amazon’s new bricks-and-mortar venture, located in its headquarters building in Seattle  The store was originally announced in 2017, but the pubic launch was delayed until the kinks had been worked out of the technology.

The store features an automatic checkout system. No waiting in line for checkout – the store uses a variety of technologies to track the items that you remove from the shelf.  You simply pick up the items you want, walk out of the store, your Amazon account is charged, and an electronic receipt is generated.

Items available include ready to eat meals, grocery essentials, meal kits (to make meals), and the very popular “Just Walk Out Shopping” mug.  To shop in the store, you need a smartphone, the Amazon Go app, and an Amazon account with associated payment methods.

Interestingly, on one of its first days of operation, a line formed to enter the store… for the store that isn’t supposed to have lines.

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