President Donald Trump has shared his disapproval of Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN). The White House leader stands against the global corporation and what he believes is a job killing business model. Amazon deprives perfectly capable people of employment in favor of robots, or so his assertion goes. But does this perception hold any truth?
This article argues otherwise. My perception is derived heavily of a piece published this week by the Economic Times. So, if you have a moment, go ahead a read Nick Wingfield’s highly informative piece on Jeff Bezos’ contribution o the job market. Accepting that you didn’t click on this page just to be redirected to another, please read on.
Amazon is among the U.S.’s biggest employers. Not only that, but the online retailer provides considerate jobs, too. There is none (or at least very little) of that toiling away at a repetitive task for hours on end, just to leave work and come back the next day to do the exact same mundane task. Just ask Nissa Scott, a 21 year-old Amazon worker in New Jersey.
Scott says her job is far from mundane. At time it can be challenging and engaging. It’s a definite step up from what she did for Amazon.com mere months ago. Before the expansion of robotics at the warehouse she works at got her “promoted”, the 21 year-old was assigned to a role involving a lot of heavy lifting.
That job now belongs to a huge robot arm that never complains about strenuous loads, medical benefits and human dignity. Scott’s new job involves overseeing numerous mechanical arms like it at a time, helping them out when the need arises, and perhaps making sure they don’t become self-aware and unionize.
“It’s not repetitive,” she admits in an interview. In fact, she believes her job is among “the most mentally challenging jobs” at the warehouse. The robot arm made things easier for her back, too. Safe to say, its arrival put her in a more interesting position. For Amazon management, it made things more efficient while seeing to a happier human workforce.
It can be argued that no other U.S. corporation better accommodates the benefits of workplace robotics while creating jobs at the same time. Amazon.com is an American powertrain, growing in leaps and bounds while employing people in hoards. Its advancement means entry-level work is never in short supply.
More people worldwide revert to the online giant for their everyday purchases. And why would they not? Ordering groceries in the morning and knowing they’ll arrive by the day’s end is a convenience too great to ignore.
And that’s just it: Jeff Bezos’ company sells convenience, and it does this well. The best part is that making people’s days easier does not come at the expense of someone else’s job.
In comparison to Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), the world’s leading social network giant, Facebook Inc., employs 18 times less people. Bezos’ human workforce even outdoes that of Microsoft corporation three times over. Better yet, the corporation made news of a second, new HQ location coming to America. The establishment will see about 50,000 more jobs being created.
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The weird thing is that Amazon is also among the front runners in workplace automation. Management finds new and better ways to get robots into the workplace and overseen by humans.
“People [don’t] go anywhere according to one of Scott’s coworkers. His name is Dave Clark and he reiterates that no one losses their job when the robots comes in.
“It’s a myth that automation destroys net job growth,” he stated. That might not be entirely true outside of Amazon.com, but it at least proves that humans and robots can work side-by-side instead of competing for positions.
Way to go, Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN).