Globalization and the Labor Markets of the Logistics Industry

17 Pages Posted: 6 May 2008  

David Bensman

Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

When the Frontline documentary, Is Wal-Mart Good for America? was released, it presented a vision of an information-intensive logistics system which brought goods to market from far-off suppliers on schedule. In the documentary, when a customer purchases a product at Wal-Mart, the cashier's computer scans the sale and sends information to the company's inventory control internet data-base so that orders for new supplies of that product can be transmitted to suppliers in China. Throughout academia, researchers have absorbed this image, and fashioned a picture of a logistics industry that is tightly integrated. Sales data drives orders; orders drive logistics services; shipping data drive warehouse schedules; lean inventories mean low insurance and interest costs.

Suggested Citation

Bensman, David, Globalization and the Labor Markets of the Logistics Industry (2008). 2008 Industry Studies Conference Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1129786 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1129786

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