Across the country, when minimum wage increases are passed things tend to go smoothly.
When logistics companies are looking to increase efficiency, one of the best ways they can do so is by investing in equipment that helps their workers complete tasks with greater ease.
Across the country, the increasing prevalence of warehousing work - particularly thanks to the e-commerce boom but also due in large part to a broadly improving economy - means innovation abounds.
The pressure seems to be growing on the last few holdouts that haven't given their lowest-paid workers a government-mandated raise in more than a decade.
The rate at which the logistics industry is growing in the age of e-commerce has been high for some time, but it continues to make gains even as more warehouses go up across the country.
In many states, the fight for a stronger minimum wage is more often going in favor of low-paid workers, and that now seems to be the case in Pennsylvania as well.
The Northeastern U.S. is home to a number of the nation's largest metro areas, and in close proximity to many more.
Many states in New England have minimum wages above and beyond the federal level, but currently, New Hampshire is not one of them.
Pennsylvania has been one of the most common places for warehouse construction, expansion and hiring in recent years.
In late 2018, the state of Massachusetts passed a sweeping "grand bargain" to increase the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour over the following five years.
New Jersey may not have any particularly major U.S. cities within its borders, but its proximity to some of the biggest makes it a prime market for warehouse development.
Across the country, many states and individual municipalities are moving quickly to raise their minimum wages at least somewhat, thanks to widespread recognition that previous levels of pay for workers simply weren't enough to live happy, healthy lives.
Warehouses in just about every part of the country are facing similar issues today: There often aren't enough people willing to put in the work available to fully staff every open warehouse job.
Many parts of the country - especially those in and near major metropolitan areas - have seen the number of warehouses within their borders surge in the past few years.
Several states have been considering ways to improve their economies in recent years, and a growing number seem to have arrived at the idea of boosting their minimum wages to stimulate economic activity.
Across the U.S., the number of warehousing projects in almost every region continues to grow at a breakneck pace.
The market for warehousing space doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon, and that may be especially true in southern states.
One of the big trends in state government this year is that lawmakers are now thinking about ways the state's lowest-paid workers can be better-compensated.
Many warehousing businesses are seeing increased activity from suppliers and clients alike, which often requires them to hire more people.
Calls for an increase in the federal minimum wage have reached a fevered pitch in the U.S. over the past few years, as the "Fight for 15" movement has gained significant support among the general public as well as lawmakers.
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