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Last Mile Automation

Imagine the scenario: consumer orders a product online, and to lower delivery is available in the area. Rather than just picking up the product at the nearest Amazon store or waiting for drones to drop off the package on the doorstep, and autonomous wagon, looking like a refrigerator on wheels, shows up and interacts with the consumer via smartphone.

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The notion of the “Robot Apocalypse” has become an archetype in modern economics and retail. Across the country, retail employees fear how robots will impact job security and their futures, but the use of warehouse automation and robotics means great things for the future of warehouse workers in retail, as explained by Greg Ip of The Wall Street Journal.

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robots-in-manufacturing

Chinese manufacturing always seems to dominate conversations about modern manufacturing. In truth, more than 100 million workers are employed by Chinese manufacturing, reports Carl Pettit of The Stack. Outsourcing of jobs, lower manufacturing costs and continued upheaval in the U.S. are part of the conversation, but robots in manufacturing are important too.

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american manufacturing innovations

In today’s post, we take some time to reflect on the history of American manufacturing innovations and the trends that will define the future of our industry.  Before we get into the history portion, let’s take a quick look at the current state and what trends we see on the horizon.3D PrintingThe hype of 3D Printing hit the proverbial fan around 2013.