Thoughts On Amazon’s Distribution Centers In Michigan

In response the the Michigan Radio story: Despite promises to hire 1,600, study says Amazon will drain jobs from local economies

It’s quite a paradox that we all want everything cheaper, yet bemoan the lack of good paying jobs and troubles that poverty brings. The Amazon transition is bigger than what Walmart did to small town main streets. Many of those main streets have come back, and seen a rebirth. But that might just be the places I have seen, which are still close to centers of commerce. My guess is there are many that have not come back.

In my mind, a hope for rural areas has been the internet. Access to high speed internet is another issue. Aside from that, the question is what effect Amazon’s dominance online will have for “mom & pop” ecommerce stores, so to speak? HALF of all online sales go through Amazon.



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