I spent a week in Europe and can report…

I spent a week in Europe and can report:
  • Shortages of labor in Western Europe are as concerning as they are here
  • High labor costs in Western Europe are driving increased automation of items such as layer picking.  Migrants are seen as ready labor sources
  • Congestion is a real concern.  The parts of the famed Autobahn I drove on have few stretches with unlimited speeds.  Congestion means Google maps has trouble predicting transit times – one trip was quoted as 4 to 6 hrs (it took 4.5) 
  • I had heard that many trucks had eliminated mirrors to cut aerodynamic drag.  I didn’t see one case of this in my travels