Fast Five

SWC’s Fast Five

The population available to work is on a long-term downward trend, which gets us more robots, pizza joints paying us to pick the pie up ourselves and meds zipping to your doorstep via drones. If you are in the workforce, here are some tips for sorting out what it really would be like to work for Company X. For cool news – an electrified roadway to keep your EV charged. So would you just wave your credit card out the window?

So, here’s this week’s Fast Five:

1 Dominio’s will pay people to pick up their own pizza

Domino’s Pizza will offer customers a $3 credit through the spring if they choose online-ordered carryout over delivery. Worker shortages and increasing food prices are pressuring restaurants that deliver their own food to seek alternative routes to protect profits.

2 American firms order record number of robots in 2021

More robots joined the U.S. workforce last year than ever before. Companies across North America laid out more than $2 billion for almost 40,000 robots in 2021 to help contend with record demand and a pandemic-fueled labor shortage.

3 Home medicine delivery by drone set to grow in 2022

Zipline, a leading drone operator, will begin delivering prescription medicines to patients’ homes in a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina, this year, helping usher in the long-anticipated era of routine drone drops. Battery-operated drones could satisfy our demand for “instant delivery” in less than 15 minutes.

4 What’s it really like to work at a company?

You shouldn’t be the only one answering questions during a job interview. You also want to learn as much as you can about what it’s like to really work there. Things like the company’s culture, manager expectations, job satisfaction and work-life balance. Those intangible benefits can be harder to figure out.

5 A roadway will charge your EV while driving

The nation’s first stretch of road to wirelessly charge electric vehicles while they’re in motion will begin testing next year in Detroit. Electrified roadways, which have wireless charging infrastructure under the asphalt, could keep EVs operation around the clock, with unlimited range.