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  • CEO Jeff Bezos wants warehouse employees to have choice;
  • Says this draws good talent in customer service
  • More than 2000 employees from 8 different companies have taken advantage of program.
  • Retailer Ocado hopes this will reduce its reliance on people to pick and pack groceries for shoppers
  • The system operates by using robots mounted above the stacks of merchandise, removing need for aisles to let people and machines travel around a warehouse
  • Founded by 3 former Goldman Sachs bankers in 2000, Ocado hit first profits in February
  • Health care is becoming more affordable and companies are increasingly open to hiring freelancers and independent contractors
  • In 2013, 23 million people were self-employed, according the US Census Bureau, up 24% from 2003
  • More people are seeking freedom and control over their careers
  • Organizations have always assumed people needed to work; now realizing that they must create a place where people want to work
  • People are using non-traditional ways of earning a living such as creating products on Etsy, renting on Airbnb, driving for Uber or Lyft, etc.
  • Catered meals, onsite dry cleaning, beautiful office spaces, modern technology, and flexible work programs are becoming standard perks
  • Companies are offering more employee perks like free meals at work, luxury shuttle buses for commuters, and dry cleaning pick up
  • The added perks aim to maximize efficiency and working time, enabling employees to work more without needing to take time off
  • In 1970s, the best-paid workers were less likely to work long days than low-paid workers; now best employees work the longest
  • Toshiba’s new Humanoid, named Aiko Chihira, is 5’5” and wears a silk Kimono. She is intended to look 32 years of age.
  • Her movement is executed by 30-times-per-second data [transfers]; powered by 43 motors.
  • “Even in Japan, where new releases of robots are common, she was a surprise for customers.”
  • Black-taxi license applications are down 20% in London so far this year and the industry is blaming Uber
  • The number of cabbies taking The Knowlege exam has dropped to 60 per month vs 200 before Uber
  • Uber has been banned in Spain, Portugal and Germany but is popular in London
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