It’s All About Location, Location, Location

It’s All About Location, Location, Location

How important is access to public transportation in corporate location decisions?

According to this article, access to public transportation is now a major factor as large corporations, including Amazon, McDonalds, and Caterpillar, attempt to attract and retain employees in a tight labor market.

It is especially a factor for Millennials, who have multiple job prospects and often prefer not to own a car — or cannot afford one.


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This post is based on the NPR article, ‘Talent Wants Transit’: Companies Near Transportation Gaining the Upper Hand, by D. Schaper, November 29, 2018. Image source: egdigital/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions:

1. Why do businesses prefer locations with easy access to public transportation? Is it true for all types of businesses?

Guidance: The article identifies the primary reason as attracting and retaining employees. It is important for businesses to have easy access to their markets as well. This is why the service sector typically enjoys strong economic activity in city areas with public transportation stations and stops.

As an added bonus, large cities with extensive public transportation options often have access to major airports and highways, Continue reading

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Can Automation Save the Bangladeshi Garment Industry?

Can Automation Save the Bangladeshi Garment Industry?

December 10, 2018

Second only to China in the world’s clothing export markets, Bangladesh focuses on efficiency in its textile factories to defend its market in the face of increased competition from Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and some African countries.

Automation helps Bangladesh modernize apparel factories, with two workers able to do the work of 15.  These improvements help offset increasing costs, as the government mandates a 51% wage hike, and Western brands demand better fire and safety standards in the factories.


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This post is based on the Nikkei Asian Review article, Bangladesh fights for future of its garment industry, by Mitsuru Obe, November 4, 2018, and the YouTube video, How Automation Impacts Garment Workers in Bangladesh, by Electric Runway, June 7, 2018. Image source: igor kisselev / Alamy Stock Photo.

Discussion Questions:

1. How does the cost of production in Bangladesh compare to that of other countries, and how does it impact the viability of its apparel industry?

Guidance: Currently, labor costs in Bangladesh remain low by global standards, with an average monthly wage of $101, compared to $518 in China.  However, some African countries like Ethiopia have average Continue reading

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