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Amazon Spending 700 Million To Retrain Workers To Gain New Skills

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Amazon says it will spend $700 million to retrain about one-third of its U.S. workforce in skills needed to thrive in the new economy.

Amazon is increasingly using robots to help sort and deliver packages, said it will retrain 100,000 workers by 2025 to allow employees move into more highly skilled jobs within the company or find new careers outside of Amazon, according to a statement Thursday.

The program would enable employees who work in fulfillment centers to move into technical roles regardless of any previous IT experience. Employees without technical expertise could learn skills to transition into software engineering careers. Amazon plans to offer pre-paid tuition to train fulfillment center associates in high-demand occupations of their choice, among other options.

Amazon said its U.S. workforce will reach 300,000 employees this year.  The fast-growing, highly skilled jobs included data-mapping specialists, data scientists, solutions architects and business analysts.

There are now more job openings in the country — 7.4 million — than there are unemployed Americans — 6 million — Amazon said, citing the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Jason Tyszko, vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, says “The challenge is not just adapting to new technologies, but adapting to the dynamism of the economy, which will only accelerate.”

 

FED EX DROPS AMAZON DELIVERY CONTRACT

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 May 2019, Amazon opened a 3-million-square-foot cargo facility at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. When the $1.5 billion shipment hub begins operation in 2021, it will serve up to 100 Prime Air cargo planes.

Amazon has also encouraged current employees to quit and start their own delivery businesses. Amazon offered three month’s salary and a $10,000 startup fund to employees who become independent contractors with teams of drivers and up to 40 delivery vehicles. Employees who take Amazon up on the offer will join the Delivery Service Partners program launched in 2018.

In 2015 Amazon introduced the Flex delivery service, a gig economy-style business opportunity for anyone who can pass a background check and wants to earn money making deliveries for Amazon using their own vehicles. Suggesting that Flex drivers can earn $18-$25 an hour working flexible hours, Amazon lets drivers select blocks of time for deliveries ahead of time. Amazon Flex is currently available in ten regions in the U.S.

With UPS and the U. S. postal service ready now to pick up and deliver Amazon packages and Amazon’s own growing fleets of planes and trucks preparing for the future, Prime customers need not worry.

 

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Amazon Executive Says Robotics Won’t Replace Warehouse Workers In next Decade

 

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Robotics director,Scott Anderson, of Amazon robotics fulfillment, told a group of reporters during a visit to Amazon’s Baltimore warehouse on Tuesday that the company is 10 years away from replacing certain human jobs.

He was referring specifically to the picking process, which would require robots to select a single product from a bin without picking up or damaging other items.

 The technology is very limited and extremely far from the fully automated workstation thats needed.

According to a recent report by TechCrunch, Amazon now has more than 100,000 robots in operation. According to Amazon, none of these robots are currently used in warehouses that handle fresh food because of the need for human intelligence.

Amazon Packages Delivered Directly To Your Car

 

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Amazon recently introduced an in-car delivery service through its Key app, which means you can get Amazon packages brought directly to your car instead of having them left by your door or inside your home via the Key service.

Volvo and General Motors have signed on to be Amazon’s first partners in the new in-car delivery program. Folks with 2015 and newer connected Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles who have an active OnStar remote access subscription, or a Volvo car with an On Call account, can take advantage of the feature. As of today, in-car delivery is available in 37 cities across the United States.

Ford has also announced support for Key by Amazon In-Car delivery service for select Ford and Lincoln vehicles in a blog post on Medium. Key In-Car delivery is the first connected-vehicle service Ford plans to introduce for owners.

Key by Amazon delivers orders from the online mega-retailer to homeowner’s garages in supported cities. Customers in the same areas who own compatible connected cars can activate the Key by Amazon In-Car version of the service.

Amazon Planning To Create 400 Tech Jobs In Denver

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  • Amazon announced it will expand its Denver Tech Hub and double its tech workforce in the area by creating 400 new tech jobs.
  • The company will open a new office in downtown Denver.
  • Amazon previously opened an office in Boulder, Colorado, last fall.

The expansion of Amazon’s Denver Tech Hub will more than double the tech workforce in the city’s metro area, where Amazon currently employs more than 350 employees, according to the company. Amazon opened an office in Boulder, Colorado, last fall. The expansion will offer job titles spanning software and hardware engineering, cloud computing, and advertising, the company said.

The new 98,000-square-foot office will be located in Denver’s lower downtown neighborhood, according to the release.When it decided against building its second headquarters in Long Island City, Amazon said it would continue hiring across its corporate offices and tech hubs in North America, rather than reopen its search for another headquarters location Amazon said it would continue hiring across its corporate offices and tech hubs in North America.

The Amazon In New York Survey

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. By a 67-21 percent margin, New Yorkers say that Amazon cancelling its planned second headquarters in Queens was bad for New York. By as nearly as large a margin, 61-30 percent, they support the deal in which Amazon would receive up to $3 billion in state and city incentives and create up to 25,000 jobs if Amazon reconsiders, according to a new Siena College poll of New York State registered voters released today.

An overwhelming 79 percent of voters say parents should be required to have their children vaccinated before attending school, regardless of the parents’ religious beliefs. Voters continue to support making the two-percent property tax cap permanent, legalizing recreational use of marijuana, and eliminating monetary bail for misdemeanors and non-violent felonies. They are split on congestion pricing, and by a nearly two-to-one margin, they oppose allowing undocumented immigrants to get a New York driver’s license.

About 63 percent of Democrats, Republicans and independents, upstaters and downstaters, men and women, young and old, black and white New Yorkers agree: Amazon pulling out of Queens was bad for New York. Even 56 percent of self-described liberals think it was bad for New York,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. “While some may have celebrated Amazon’s announcement to pull the plug, the vast majority of New Yorkers of every stripe thought it was bad for the Empire State.

Who’s The Blame?

 There’s certainly blame enough to go around. More people think that Amazon, Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, the State Senate, and local Queens activists were villains in this saga than they were heroes. However, voters say the biggest villain was Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Only 12 percent call her hero, while 38 percent label her a villain,” Greenberg said. “Amazon itself was seen as the biggest villain among Democrats, but Republicans and independents had Ocasio-Cortez as far and away the largest villain, followed by the local Queens activists.”

“By a wide margin, New Yorkers would support the deal coming back together if Cuomo and others can convince Amazon to reconsider,” Greenberg said. “The Amazon deal was seen as very contentious, however, there was strong support for it last month, before it got cancelled. There is an overwhelming feeling that its cancellation was bad for the state. And there is strong support – among all demographic groups – for Amazon to reconsider and move forward. The jobs outweigh the cost of government incentives in the minds of most voters.”

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“Making permanent the property tax cap has strong support from every party and every region,” Greenberg said. “Eliminating monetary bail and legalizing recreational marijuana are both strongly supported by Democrats, opposed by Republicans and receive tepid independent support. Congestion pricing, which was strongly supported in January, is now break-even.

 Republicans and independents, upstaters and downstate suburbanites Overwhelmingly oppose allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses. Democrats and New York City voters are closely divided on the issue,” Greenberg said. “White voters strongly oppose; black and Latino voters support it by small margins.”

Cuomo, Legislature, Schumer All See Favorability Bounce Up a Little from Last Month
Cuomo has a negative 46-48 percent favorability rating, up a little from negative 43-50 percent in February. The Assembly has a 44-35 percent favorability rating, up a little from 43-38 percent last month. The Senate is 46-38 percent, up a little from 43-41 percent. Senator Chuck Schumer is 51-41 percent, up from 47-46 percent.

 

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“Cuomo saw his favorability rating tick up to near break-even, up from the lowest favorability rating he ever had. His job performance rating, negative 38-61 percent, also moved up a little, although it remains significantly below water,” Greenberg said. “Both houses of the Legislature also saw small jumps in their favorability ratings and both are in positive territory by high single digits.

“Schumer’s favorability rating moved back into positive territory after being break-even last month. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s favorability rating is unchanged from last month, and nearly one-quarter of voters do not know enough about her – despite her presidential campaign – to have an opinion,” Greenberg said. “Ocasio-Cortez, with a negative 31-44 percent favorability rating, is as well known to statewide voters after three months in office as Gillibrand is after ten years as senator. While Democrats view Ocasio-Cortez favorably, independents view her unfavorably more than two-to-one and Republicans view her unfavorably, 68-6 percent. She is viewed slightly favorably in New York City but strongly unfavorably upstate and in the downstate suburbs.”

 

Dems in Control: Moving Too Far to the Left; Making it Harder for Businesses; Ignoring Upstate
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“While Democrats disagree, a strong majority of independents and an overwhelming majority of Republicans say that Democratic control of the Governor’s mansion and both houses of the Legislature are moving the state too far to the left,” Greenberg said. “Two-thirds of voters – including a majority of Democrats – say that Democratic control of the state makes it harder for businesses to be successful.

“While voters are evenly divided on whether downstate has too much power, by 51-28 percent voters say the interests of upstate are being ignored. Not surprisingly, nearly three-quarters of upstaters believe this, but New York City voters are closely divided,” Greenberg said. “That said, a clear majority, 54-32 percent, disagree with the view that state government worked better when Republicans controlled the State Senate.”

Method

This Siena College Poll was conducted March 10-14, 2019 by telephone calls conducted in English to 700 New York State registered voters. Respondent sampling was initiated by asking for the youngest male in the household. It has an overall margin of error of +/- 4.2 percentage points including the design effects resulting from weighting. Sampling was conducted via a stratified dual frame probability sample of landline and cell phone telephone numbers (both from Survey Sampling International) from within New York State. Data was statistically adjusted by age, party by region, and gender to ensure representativeness. The Siena College Research Institute, directed by Donald Levy, Ph.D., conducts political, economic, social and cultural research primarily in NYS. SCRI, an independent, non-partisan research institute, subscribes to the American Association of Public Opinion Research Code of Professional Ethics and Practices.

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New York Becoming The Leading Tech Hub Outside Of Silicon Valley

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For the first time in an annual survey of technology industry leaders conducted by professional services giant KPMG, New York was voted the global city most likely to become the “leading technology innovation hub outside of Silicon Valley over the next four years.”

For New York, the top spot represents a leap from third place last year, when the city was tied with London. Shanghai held the No. 1 position. The Chinese city is now No. 5, and New York’s time at the top also may be limited.

The survey was conducted in December and January news of the Amazon deal “Headline-grabbing announcements by several of the tech giants helped push U.S. cities” up in the rankings, the report said.

Tim Zanni, KPMG’s global and U.S. technology sector leader, who worked on the report, said he could not speculate on what respondents might think of the Amazon deal’s collapse or if the news will knock New York back a few ranks. But he does believe that where the tech giants land makes a difference.

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