Amazon recently announced that all Prime members will switch from free two-day shipping to one-day free shipping during 2019. As it turns out, some customers are already bumping to send a day for free, as The Verge states.
While it will logically take a while for Amazon to provide free one-day shipping to all customers ̵
This news is related to a report by Reuters that Amazon is beginning to replace some of its employees with box-packers using machines that can package orders "4- to 5-times" faster than people. The machines, which are already in a few warehouses, can pack an impressive 600 to 700 cartons per hour. That's crazy.
Amazon is not necessarily about speed – "It's really about efficiency and savings," according to the Reuters report. To be honest, I'm not sure how "efficiency" does not translate directly into "speed," but hey, whatever. If it's faster, it's more efficient.
The biggest question here is, of course, what that means for the workers being replaced by the packaging machines. As you can probably imagine, boxing is a high-turnover job. Instead of dismissing employees, Amazon simply will not re-fill those roles when employees stop. Ultimately, the machines will likely replace around 1,300 workers across the country.
Regarding those sticking to the pack positions, Amazon said these people could be moved to other positions. The machine itself requires three people: one to program jobs, one to load cardboard and glue for custom-made boxes, and one to remove "occasional" paper jams. And while the installation of the machines brings in Amazon about $ 1 million per machine the company can recoup the costs in less than two years and save the money that ultimately saves it on "new services for customers, where new jobs will continue to be created. "Sounds good.
In Other News
Windows 10 unveiled a "non-hackable" USB stick passwords to subscribers and more on 825 million devices.
- Windows 10 is installed on "over 825 million devices": According to internal documentation by Thurrott.com, Windows is still a leader. [Thurrott]
- "Unhackable" USB stick has lost passwords: Honestly, it's quite a move to call your device "unhackable". The eyeDISK USB drive could easily be compromised using a packet analyzer to detect that passwords were sent in plain text. Oops. [TechRadar]
- Office 365 has more than 214 million subscribers: age, that's SO many subscribers. According to MSPowerUser more than Amazon Prime and Spotify Premium together. Wild. [MSPU]
- Samsung missed the Galaxy Home window … again: Last year, Samsung announced the Bixby smart speaker that nobody wanted, and then missed the delivery window. It showed up again at CES 2019 with a shipping window for April 2019, but that too missed it. There should not be much emphasis on delivering it soon. [CNET]
- Google targets "Phone X" against Pixel 3a: Google launched its Pixel 3a campaign hard and fiercely and already challenged the "Phone X" in terms of price and camera features. 😉 [9to5Google]
- Spotify lets artists share the stories behind their music: A new feature called Storyline gives artists an Instagram-like way to share the story behind the song. That's cool. [Android Police]
- Google may be testing mobile crash detection on mobile phones: Code from the latest Android Q beta release indicates the detection of car accidents. However, it is unclear what this would do if a crash is detected. One might assume that it will automatically notify the authorities, but we will wait for more information to be available to make further assumptions.
It's the most bizarre story I've seen for some time, the CFO of a school-feed company called Choicelunch was arrested for hacking into a competitor's database and stealing data from hundreds of students. Information about the students, what they like to eat, and known allergies were stolen from The LunchMaster last year before returning to Choicelunch headquarters. An FBI investigation into the data breach ultimately sparked the hack on Choicelunch's CFO. It turns out that lunch at school is a high-stakes world. Who knew? [The Register]