Amazon’s Warehouse Wearables Promote Worker Safety

Amazon’s Warehouse Wearables Promote Worker Safety

July 20, 2020

Amazon is testing a wearable device that will alert warehouse workers when they are violating social distancing rules.  In addition, Amazon is experimenting with cameras equipped with social distancing software to improve safety.

The data collected from these technologies will help with contact tracing if the need arises.  Amazon has already made some workers responsible for monitoring social distancing for warehouses nationwide in an effort to minimize virus spread.


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This post is based on the CNBC article, Amazon is testing a wearable device that lights up and beeps when warehouse workers get too close to each other, by Annie Palmer, June 16, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Trio Images/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1.  What are the additional benefits to Amazon by improving worker safety?

Guidance: Students may want to review the Triple Bottom Line and focus on the social and environmental aspects related to this situation, and explore the ergonomics involved in wearing an extra device.  Student discussion should include the ability to keep the Continue reading

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Coronavirus Pushes Construction of New Hospitals

Coronavirus Pushes Construction of New Hospitals

February 20, 2020

How long did it take project manager, Fang Xiang, to build a 645,000 square foot hospital with beds for 1,000 corona virus patients in Wuhan, China?

Using a team of 7,000 workers laboring around the clock, the monumental task was completed in just ten days.  About 1,400 military doctors and medical staff, many of whom worked with SARS patients in the past, have been brought in to help treat the patients.

Additional posts on OM in the News discussing the coronavirus and supply chain management can be found here.


Video Spotlight: Time-Lapse Video shows Around-The-Clock Construction Of Chinese Virus Hospitals


This post is based on the NBC News article, China’s coronavirus hospital built in 10 days opens its doors, state media says, by Yuliya Talmizan, February 3, 2020, and the YouTube video, Time-Lapse Video shows Around-The-Clock Construction Of Chinese Virus Hospitals, by NBC News, January 31, 2020. Image source: sfam_photo/Shutterstock.

Discussion Questions:

1. What special challenges did Xiang face in the rush to build this project?

Guidance: Xiang reported that normally it would take at least a month to build a temporary facility of this size, and two years would be required to build a Continue reading

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Big Changes in Vegas Tunnel Project

Big Changes in Vegas Tunnel Project

January 25, 2020

Elon Musk’s changing visions and explanations of the Las Vegas tunnel project with his Boring Company have left many onlookers confused about what is being built.

Two 14-foot-wide, 0.83 mile tunnels are being drilled under the Las Vegas Convention Center grounds, to serve guests needing to travel from one end of the facility to the other, with one end-point reaching the Las Vegas strip.  The project, which broke ground in November, is costing nearly $50 million. Musk claims it will be completed in time for Las Vegas’s huge Consumer Electronics Show in early 2021.


Video Spotlight: The Boring Company has started boring at the LVCVA


This post is based on the Curbed article, Stop calling Elon Musk’s Boring tunnel public transit, by Alissa Walker, January 8, 2020; the CBS article, Elon Musk Says Underground Tunnel to the Vegas Strip Could Open in 2020, by CNN, December 28, 2019; and the YouTube video, The Boring Company has started boring at the LVCVA, by KSNV News 3 Las Vegas, November 15, 2019. Image source: Veni/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions:

1. How does the current plan differ from even recent renditions of Musk’s vision?

Guidance: Originally touted Continue reading

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