Food Movers: Robots as Farmhands

Food Movers: Robots as Farmhands

Every day there’s a new story about robot bartenders on Carnival Cruise Lines or Domino’s Pizza delivery pods trolling the streets in Europe. For now these are mainly stunt-bots, more public relations than practical. Yet there are already many kinds of robots at work...
Food Movers: Lock, Stock and Barges

Food Movers: Lock, Stock and Barges

Growing up playing in the alluvial soil of farms along the Mississippi River, I gleaned a vague notion of the importance of barges. These flat-bottomed, square-ended boats — whether towed, pushed or self-propelled — are used primarily to haul cargo. My granddad owned...
Food Movers: Beasts of Burden

Food Movers: Beasts of Burden

In the United States, we are accustomed to thinking of draft animals as relics of the pre-combustion engine past or, at historic sites like Colonial Williamsburg, as nostalgic attractions. But draft animals remain ubiquitous in other parts of the world as central...
Food Movers: Behind the Wheel

Food Movers: Behind the Wheel

Annette Womack gets to work at 7 a.m. and clocks in at the Giant Food distribution center in Jessup, Maryland. Thanks to her seniority with the company — she’s worked for Giant Food for 21 years — she’s got first pick of the daily delivery routes. She chooses a long...