- May 12, 2017
AI, IoT, Robotics Technology Creating New Fulfillment Jobs
As I shared in my last article, the Labor Department reported in their most recent jobs report that employer recruiting increased in April with 211,000 new hires. This caused the unemployment rate to fall to 4.4%, its lowest level in nearly a decade! One area that exemplifies this hiring growth is businesses tied to e-commerce fulfillment.
Hiring Increasing With Logistics Companies
The Artificial intelligence industry is booming. This includes both companies directly tied to AI and those indirectly related to artificial intelligence such as technical, engineering, scientific, R&D (Research and Development), IT (Information Technology) and manufacturing technology fields like e-commerce, Big Data, robotics and IoT (Internet of Things). Additionally, when customers buy products from these technical and engineering driven companies, they need their purchases to be fulfilled and delivered. As a result, many new fulfillment jobs were created April.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics most recent job numbers, parcel carriers and delivery firms, which had scaled back hiring in March, added 3,200 new courier and messenger jobs last month. Moreover, in the warehousing and storage sector, which includes huge, technology driven fulfillment centers that process online orders, 2,500 new jobs were added in April. This was up from only 300 new hires in March.
More Jobs Growth Coming In Logistics And Courier Services
Hiring growth at courier and logistics companies comes as more companies need their products delivered. The overall warehouse and transportation sector created 3,500 new jobs last month. But this will grow exponentially as online companies like Amazon apply more cutting edge technology such as AI, IoT, Big Data and robotics to drive more customers to their sites and purchase products from them. In turn there will be the increased need for logistics, warehousing, transportation and courier jobs to fulfill and deliver these new purchases.