Sunday, October 09, 2016

An interesting case for my Governance students.  Was this done so the employee seemed to be clearing his backlog?  Why did no one notice that claims had gone missing? 
Mark Bowes reports:
A state investigation is underway after authorities said they discovered 20 to 30 boxes of documents, including claims filed by veterans, in a storage unit once leased by a former Virginia Department of Veterans Services employee who worked at the agency’s veterans benefits office at McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Veterans Services officials retrieved the documents Sept. 29 and secured them at the agency’s Richmond headquarters and are now reviewing them so that all affected veterans can be notified and assisted “with any necessary action to ensure that their claims have been properly filed,” the agency said.
Herthel said the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office alerted the agency about the documents after the contents of the former employee’s storage unit had been auctioned off to a bidder, and that person notified the sheriff.

For my Architecture students.  Chasing that last minute will be hard!
Amazon only needs a minute of human labor to ship your next package
By the time you take an Amazon delivery off your stoop, walk into your home, find a pair of scissors and open the brown box, you've already spent nearly as much time handling the package as Amazon's employees.
With 22 years of experience in e-commerce and an obsession with efficiency, Amazon has brought remarkable optimization to the warehouses where it stores, packages and ships goods.
On a typical Amazon order, employees will spend about a minute total -- taking an item off the shelf, then boxing and shipping it.
The rest of the work is done by robots and automated systems.

(Related) More than one market for your innovations.
In Fight Against Amazon, Wal-Mart Doubles Down on Robots, Warehouses

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