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Amazon Flex - shaking up the workforce

By Steve Simmerman | 10/08/2015 | 11:26 AM

Amazon recently announced Amazon Flex and if you have not checked it out - you should!  Think of it as an Uber-like experience for those people that want to work when and where they want as a delivery person for Amazon.  I saw a demo of the Amazon Flex at CSCMP's Annual Conference last week - it was mind-blowing.  With unemployment at 5.1% (some say this is 'full employment') it's getting harder and harder to recruit, hire and retain good skilled workers.  Well, Amazon is attacking this problem very effectively by offering an extremely flexible work option, with good pay (they say $18-25/hour) and backed by exceptional mobile technology.

It will be interesting to see how this develops, but is there any reason in the world that DC, retailers and others should not be attacking the labor shortage in a similar manner?  Amazon has set the bar very, very high.  How are you addressing the difficulty of hiring good, skilled workers for your organization?

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About Steve Simmerman

Steve Simmerman

Steve Simmerman is a Senior Director with JDA. Simmerman has more than 25 years of experience in the supply chain industry including software, consulting and material handling. He has focused his efforts on working with clients to achieve high performance supply chain results through partnerships and creative solutions. He is a member of CSCMP, WERC, and MHIA and is a regular contributor to several industry publications and events. Simmerman holds his undergraduate and MBA degrees from The University of Notre Dame.



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