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Workplace Culture

Businesses tap virtual reality to train workers

by Meghan McCarty Carino Aug 21, 2019
VR training is being used to prep workers for Black Friday, for warehouse safety issues and to improve communication.
At Farmers Insurance in Los Angeles, Jessica DeCanio demonstrates how claims adjusters use virtual reality to train for the field.
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Amazon's massive retraining investment includes nursing and aircraft mechanic degrees

by Meghan McCarty Carino Jul 11, 2019
The company will prepare 100,000 workers for advances in automation — and for new ventures it's exploring.
Men work at a distribution station in the 855,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York, in February.
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Automation's gender divide

by David Brancaccio Jun 5, 2019
While both men and women have essentially the same odds of automation taking their jobs, women could face a tougher transition to new jobs.
A pharmacy technician prepares prescriptions for packaging and shipping after being filled on an automated line at the central pharmacy of Intermountain Heathcare in 2018 in Midvale, Utah.
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Welcome to the new Workplace Culture Desk!

by Meghan McCarty Carino Jun 3, 2019
Don't mind the messy paper piles. We're sorting through a ton of great ideas for stories about our lives on the clock.
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Why economist Joseph Stiglitz is advocating for "progressive capitalism"

by Sasa Woodruff and David Brancaccio May 30, 2019
Stiglitz discusses the themes and recommendations contained in his latest book: People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent.
Nobel prize-winning US economist Joseph Stiglitz listens during the opening session of the 6th edition of the "Entretiens du Tresor" seminar at the Economy Ministry in Paris on January 31, 2017.
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Walmart to use more robot technology for store tasks

by Jack Stewart Apr 10, 2019
Walmart will further its use of robots to keep labor costs down.
Several of Walmart's "automated assistants"
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Volvo says driver-facing cameras are key to cutting crashes

by Jack Stewart Mar 21, 2019
The company is shifting its attention to accident prevention.
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UPS is using new technology to solve an old problem — delivering holiday packages on time

by Tasnim Shamma Dec 21, 2018
UPS expects to deliver more than 800 million packages on time this holiday season with the help of new super hubs.
UPS employees sort out packages for delivery on May 9, 2017 in New York. This holiday season, "super hubs," like the one in Atlanta, will help the company deliver 800 million packages on time. Last year, 3 million were late.
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Why automation is a huge part of China's goal to remake its manufacturing industry

by Molly Wood and Jennifer Pak Oct 4, 2018
China wants robots. Lots and lots of robots.
An employee monitors a circular weaving machine at a textile factory in Shangqiu in China's central Henan province in September.
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The most dangerous stage in self-driving innovation

by Molly Wood and Shaheen Ainpour May 2, 2018
Self-driving cars are on the road now, but they need human supervision. Is that safe?
A driver presents a Cruising Chauffeur, a hands free self-driving system designed for motorways during a media event by Continental to showcase new automotive technologies on June 20, 2017 in Hannover, Germany. 
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