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December 20, 2010
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Holiday Help: People vs. Robots

This holiday shopping season, online retailers are testing a critical hiring decision: machine versus man. Zipping around the floor of a Crate & Barrel warehouse in Tracy, Calif., a cadre of 35 orange robots helps solitary human employees do the work of six people. The squat machines carry shelves with the company's 8,000 different products…

December 20, 2010
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Federal Reserve’s Bullard Says Holiday Season Points To Stronger GDP In 2011…

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said on CNBC today that the holiday season points to stronger GDP growth (than previously thought) in 2011.  Bullard said, "The holiday season is looking good, retail sales are good. That bodes well for the current quarter and the coming quarters." His comment echoes our often-cited view that…