There’s a good chance something you’ve bought online has been in the hands of a “picker” first. These are the workers in warehouses who pick, pack and ship all those things we’re ordering.
At Amazon and other companies, they’re working side by side with robots. Experts say while the robots are replacing some human workers, the machines aren’t quite ready to take over completely.
To keep pace with a growing hunger for fast delivery, more pickers are being hired in the distribution industry. And on the outskirts of the Bay Area, a school is using technology to train students in these new jobs.
Patterson High School is about two hours east of San Francisco. It’s surrounded by the farmland of California’s Central Valley, which produces half of the country’s fruits, vegetables and nuts. But this group of students isn’t learning how to be farmers. They’re training to work in warehouses.