Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the new partnership is Arrival’s unique manufacturing model.
Instead of relying on large, centralized factories, the company plans to establish a number of “micro-factories.”
Depending on where and how the new factories are sited, the arrangement could provide UPS with an opportunity to bring new jobs into communities that need them, rather than encouraging workers to uproot and follow jobs to remote locations.
Aside from the potential benefit to community well-being, the micro-factory concept also provides opportunities for cutting emissions related to worker commutes.
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