US companies hire robots for automation, healthcare work
Electronic-delivery giant FedEx says it is hiring more than 3,000 new robotic employees to help deliver packages to customers and the company says it’s also opening up more jobs to people with disabilities.
The company is rolling out the new hires at its headquarters in Trenton, New Jersey, as part of a strategy to expand its workforce in a time of rapidly changing industries and technology.
FedEx said it is bringing on more than 2,200 new workers to support delivery of its mail and packages by robots and other automated equipment.
In the past year, FedEx has made a series of hires to fill its workforce, including a team of more than 50 robots to deliver packages.
The new hires include truck drivers, delivery drivers and others who can operate the robots at the company’s headquarters in North Trenton.
The job cuts will bring the company to more than 20,000 employees.
In addition to the jobs in North America, FedEx is also adding thousands of jobs in the U.K., Mexico and elsewhere.
The expansion in job opportunities for robots comes as the company faces a mounting public health and safety crisis stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 1 million people are infected each day, and that nearly 40,000 of them have died.
“We’re investing heavily in our delivery team,” said Tim Anderson, chief executive officer of FedEx.
“The challenge now is that the global demand for delivery has been very high.
The pace of change is very high, so the supply of human workers is very limited.”
In the U., FedEx said last week it was hiring more drivers and other workers to handle the massive influx of deliveries and shipments in the past month.
The hiring of additional employees is part of an effort to address a shortage of drivers, according to FedEx’s website.
In October, FedEx said that it had more than 4 million packages delivered since it launched its robotic fleet in December.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates that FedEx is investing in its delivery team to provide greater safety and security for its customers,” said Michael McKeon, president and CEO of FedEx USA.
“This is a great opportunity to bring more robots and humans into FedEx’s delivery workforce.”