How many distribution centers workers does it take to fulfill 200,000 ecommerce orders per day?

If it’s China’s second largest ecommerce company, JD.com, and its new fulfillment center, the answer would be four.

That’s right: four workers, mostly just there to keep an eye on the operation.

We’ve reported in recent months about a number of stories in major media such as the New York Times about how automation in distribution will not really eliminate that many jobs, and that humans and robots can happily coexist, especially in businesses that are seeing rapid growth in volumes.

One New York Times article, for example, noted how Dave Clark, an Amazon operations executive, recently said that even after Amazon has installed more than 100,000 of its Kiva robots at 26 distribution centers in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan, it is still hiring massive quantities of DC associates.

> Read entire article The Future of Distribution Automation, It Seems, is Here Right Now | Supply Chain Digest

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