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Amazon to open more than 1,000 small warehouses in suburbs across the US, report says


Amazon vans lined up at a distribution center in Orlando, Florida. 

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Amazon reportedly plans to open more than a thousand small delivery hubs in cities and suburban neighborhoods across the US in an effort to deliver products to customers as quickly as possible. The facilities will eventually number around 1,500, according to a report Wednesday from Bloomberg, and could help the online retail giant continue to expand one-day delivery for Amazon Prime subscribers.  

Many of Amazon’s warehouses have traditionally been located on the fringes of suburbs, but the expansion of these quick-delivery warehouses would put them deeper in communities alongside car dealerships, fast-food restaurants and big-box stores, according to Bloomberg. 

The move could help Amazon continue to push faster deliveries as it competes

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Why Amazon warehouses, Tesla auto plants will not go 100%-robot

Kuka robots work on Tesla Model X in the Tesla factory in Fremont, California, on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

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“Excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted back in 2018 amid electric vehicle manufacturing struggles. “Humans are underrated.”

Amazon, for all it advances in automation with warehouse machines like Kiva robots, still can’t find a robot that can pick a product with as much success as a human. 

Fears about the era of automation displacing human labor can seem old already, but the failures of automation are nothing new. Long before Tesla’s attempt to “hyper-automate” Model 3 production at its Fremont, California, auto plant revealed how robots still struggle to deal with inconsistencies in assembly tasks — and that human worker flexibility remains a critical step in manufacturing — GM failed spectacularly with robotic manufacturing as far

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