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Supply Chain by the Numbers

- Jan. 13, 2022

  Supply Chain by the Numbers for Jan. 13, 2022

Inland Empire Can't Find Enough Warehouse Workers; Indepedent Truck Drivers want to Stay that Way; Global and US GDP Growth Forecast to Slow in 2022; Open Robot-Driven Stores in the Netherlands




That is rise in the number of transportation and warehousing workers in the logistics intensive Inland Empire area near Los Angeles between February 2020 and October 2021. That according to analysis by the Center for Economic Forecasting and Development at the University of California, Riverside School of Business released last week. That rise equated to 36,500 new logistics workers, taking the total in the region to 192,100. But those new workers still aren’t enough to meet demand. During the same period, job openings in transportation and warehousing in the region more than tripled to 5,600 vacancies, with companies offering signing bonuses, starting salaries of $20 an hour or more and perks such as flexible schedules.


That is the share of current independent owner-operators and contract truck drivers who believe that their job satisfaction will be significantly reduced if they were forced to become employees of a trucking company. That according to a brand new survey and report on that and other topics by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). Tje study was undertaken due to the current appeal o the US Supreme Court by the California Trucking Association (CTA) challenging the state’s AB 5 law that would effectively ban contract drivers and other types of workers not currently classified as employees. 68% of the drivers also thought their income would be significantly reduced if they cannot stay independent. The Supreme Court has not yet decided if it will take the case, which could have a huge impact on the trucking industry.




That is the projection for global GDP growth in 2022 coming from the World Bank this week. If accurate, that would be down from 5.5% growth expected for 2021 when the final Q4 numbers come in. That 2021 growth would be the strongest post-recession pace in 80 years. The little over 20% decline in growth for this year is going to be the result of the effects of the Omicron variant, supply chain disruptions, labor shortages and the winding down of government economic stimulus programs across the globe, the World Bank said. It also said it expects growth to fall further in 2023 to 3.2%. For the US specifically, the World Bank is projecting 2022 GDP growth of 3.7%, down from 5.6% in 2021. China’s growth is forecast to slow to 5.1% this year from 8%.




That’s how many highly automated retail stores Chinese ecommerce giant is planning to open in the Netherlands, with two of the new age stores launched in recent weeks. JD is calling these “Ochama” stores, which represents’s first brick and mortar stores in Europe. The company said that shoppers can use an Ochama app to order products from food to beauty and home furnishings. They can then travel to the store, during which mobile robots and robotic arms will pick and sort orders. When a shopper gets to the store, they will scan a barcode on their app and their orders will be carried to them via conveyer. Ochama stores combine’s focus on logistics and ecommerce. In China, the company operates its own logistics arm and it is planning to expand internationally too, supporting the company’s huge ecommerce platform business there.

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