Workplace Surveillance and Toy Shortages

Published on
4 October, 2018
Topic
Technology, US Economy
Duration
27 minutes
Asset class
Equities

Workplace Surveillance and Toy Shortages

Featuring Alex Rosenberg, Justine Underhill, Roger Hirst

Why does increased workplace surveillance mean there could be a shortage of the hot new Christmas toy? Justine, Roger and Alex discuss why recent mandates in the trucking business will have far-reaching implications for U.S. retailers. Filmed on October 1, 2018.

Published on
4 October, 2018
Topic
Technology, US Economy
Duration
27 minutes
Asset class
Equities
Rating
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  • GF

    Gordon F.

    6 10 2018 01:24

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    Last week I drove on I-40 from Albuquerque NM to Kingman AZ, and according to my count there are on the general order of 500 semi-tractor trucks (18-wheelers) going by any given point every hour. This doesn't count the smaller panel trucks, buses, etc. These were daytime hours, but morning, afternoon, or evening, it was about the same.
    Clearly, I-40 is one of the principal east-west transportation corridors, but 500 trucks per hour seems to me to be a LOT. In addition, there are double train tracks that generally follow the course of I-40, and there appeared to be at least one long train - 100 cars plus or minus - every hour, both ways.
    In my rental car I had to get out and stretch every couple of hours or so. Even with custom seats I have a hard time imagining that I could ever work as a truck driver. To each his own, I guess.

  • PW

    Paul W.

    5 10 2018 05:08

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    While I generally enjoy these videos, this one seemed like one of the weaker efforts. However, there were some interesting nuggets such as the reminder of how the original regulations were based almost entirely on creating inflation. I already know the answer but as a rhetorical question, why are we so afraid of deflation? Absent government intervention, it would be a normal part of an economic cycle and probably heal the systems much faster than our interventions and with far fewer side effects. The second point which is absolutely well-taken is that to the extent we have been shielded from the real costs of shipping, our purchasing decisions have likely been distorted by the belief that shippings costs are immaterial now and will continue to be immaterial in the future. I think we are in for a rude awakening...

  • BT

    Bob T.

    4 10 2018 19:25

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    Isn't the ELD mandate a huge reason for the push to autonomous trucks? Seems that everyone is safer and it's much easier than driving in traffic. It's pretty easy to push an 18 wheeler across fly-over country. Not so good for jobs for truckers, though

  • BT

    Bob T.

    4 10 2018 19:20

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    Wasn't the airline industry an fine example of destructive deregulation?

  • BT

    Bob T.

    4 10 2018 19:18

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    Duel, Spielberg's 1st film was about trucking...

  • AK

    Arthur K.

    4 10 2018 19:06

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    Smokey and the Bandit

  • lD

    lance D.

    4 10 2018 16:34

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    Hgv drivers here have improved the way they eat.... i know a few young drivers that are all about clean eating and fitness, actually do stop and do 'hit' training in a suitable spot on there route....... so maybe the diners may see it not as a positive as they think . I must say my sample of clean eating drivers is small but it is there! However the last driver that i saw today was HUGE and I doubt he was gonna 'munch' on an avocado for dinner.
    good episode i like it .

  • PC

    Philip C.

    4 10 2018 14:37

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    When it comes to the quality of food, the customer gets what the customer wants. Truck stops serve greasy hamburgers because there is a market for it. In France, the 'relais routiers' serve quality food at an attractive price and the truckers have them marked on their maps and go out of their way to eat there. The difference is that the French take food much more seriously.