New data suggests that even a big minimum wage increase would not be enough to meet workers' needs.
One demographic that often gets overlooked in the discussions about raising the minimum wage at the local, state or even national levels is young people.
For most companies in the logistics industry, creating jobs has been a heavy focus in recent years, but so too has been the ways in which technology is reshaping their sector.
Global economic relations have been tenuous at best for years now, with trade wars and international legislative overhauls burdening the supply chains of countless entities.
The supply chain has evolved significantly in the past decade, with modern technologies playing an increasingly vital role in the average manager's daily life.
The rising tide of higher minimum wages for various states and cities across the country seems to be having a strong positive effect on many workers' finances.
One issue that many hiring managers in a number of industries have likely noticed is the increasing competition for workers who can fill positions with little in the way of credential requirements.
Supply chain management has been one of the more rapidly evolving industries around, especially from a technological standpoint.
As with many other states, the idea of raising the minimum wage in North Carolina is starting to catch on with many lawmakers there.
Many states have seen their logistics industries blossom in recent years, and those with relatively centralized locations around major population centers are booming in particular.
The unemployment rate has fallen steadily in recent months to the point that the already-tight market for employers to connect with well-qualified workers is getting more difficult each month.
Each day, millions of Americans earn the absolute bare minimum amount allowable by law for every hour they work, and struggle financially as a consequence.
With warehousing opportunities cropping up in many markets across the country, the only barrier to broad expansion of the workforce in those regions is the lack of adequately trained workers.
In many cases, when state lawmakers cannot come to a firm decision on a higher minimum wage, the many people in those states who want a better quality of life for the lowest-paid workers take matters into their own hands.
Research has largely led to a better understanding of the effects even small minimum wage increases can have on workers' everyday lives.
Many logistics companies have a significant need for workers who can operate the various types of heavy equipment.
Consumer advocates say one of the biggest issues with the minimum wage today is that the majority of people don't know what it is or believe it should be higher.
California's logistics sector is currently stretched so thin by demand that many efforts to build more warehouses are now underway.
More major cities in particular may be in a position to make such changes effectively, potentially paving the way for more adoption going forward.
Florida is one of the nation's most-populous states and as such has a significant need for a robust logistics industry that can keep up with modern demands.