Past industrial booms have created coal countries, steel towns and oil towns. Today, boomtown warehouse towns are springing up in places like California’s Inland Empire, Pennsylvania’s Lehigh County, and Columbus, Ohio, and the number of warehouse workers has nearly tripled. in a decade.
Here, Insider explores how the rise of warehouses and warehouse labor changed the United States and its citizens as we became a warehouse nation.
A guide to Warehouse Nation
Warehouses and employers like Amazon are creating new jobs and higher wages for some blue-collar workers, but can also be hard on cities — and on the human body.
An increase in warehouse work
Using data and reports from the field, Insider examined the opportunities and hidden costs of increased warehouse labor.
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An Insider look at how the warehouse boom reshaped America.
Series Editors: Jake Swearingen, Lily Katzman, Alex Davies, Drake Baer
Editors: Hana Alberts, Eric Bates, Amanda Cantrell, Gloria Dawson, Alyse Kalish, Monica Melton, Hayley Peterson, Jose Rose, Stephanie Russell-Kraft, Bartie Scott, Graham Starr, Cadie Thompson, Zach Tracer, Albert Yoon
Reporters: Alex Bitter, Emma Cosgrove, Robert Davis, Tom Dotan, Dan Geiger, Aki Ito, Juliana Kaplan, Katherine Long, Nancy Luna, Andrew Moseman, Kelsey Neubauer, Alex Nicoll, Jenny Powers, Sindhu Sundar, Danielle Walker
Reviewers: Kevin Kaplan, Jonann Brady, Nick Siwek, Jonas DominguezResearch: Hannah Beckler, Andy Kiersz, Walter Hickey, Elisa XuDesign, development and graphics: Skye Gould, Jenny Chang-Rodriguez, Kazi Awal, Shayanne Gal, Taylor Tyson, Annie Fu, Tien Le, Rebecca ZisserVideo Producers: Robert Leslie, Katie Nixdorf, Noah Lewis, Katherine LongVideographers: Jovelle Tamayo, Giorgio LittPhoto Editors: Hollis Johnson, Crystal Cox, Erika RamirezPhotographers: Tariq Tarey, Vincent Gonzalez, Giorgio Litt, Jovelle TamayoSocial Producers: Tanita Gaither , Virginia Alves, Tyler Murphy, Rachael Lupton