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Juan D. De Lara

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520289581

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520289581.001.0001

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The Circuits of Capital

The Circuits of Capital

(p.65) Four The Circuits of Capital
Inland Shift

Juan D. De Lara

University of California Press

Global economic restructuring, especially the geographic expansion of commodity networks during the 1990s and 2000s, had a profound effect on logistics workers. This chapter examines how companies used new technologies and scientific management techniques to produce labor regimes that cut costs and added value to distribution practices. Some of these technologies included barcodes, radio-frequency identification (RFID), and computer tracking software. Retailers used such technologies to develop sophisticated inventory systems and point-of-sale (POS) information databases that allowed them to implement just-in-time (JIT) production and distribution business models. In addition to these technological systems, retailers and third-party logistics companies (3PLs) or subcontractors also developed new just-in-time management practices and labor regimes. Less time and more goods became the mantra for retailers, who embraced shorter commodity cycles, dispersed production, and flexible labor.

Keywords:   labor, just-in-time distribution, logistics, technology and work, globalization

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