None the less though the cash cow that I see is the companies absorbing cash from the local taxpayers. We all know that when someone doesn't pay taxes pothers more or less have to make up the difference. Those warehouses are full of assorted tax credits and incentives that cause our taxes to go up while they reap the rewards. Amazon and others I assume are automating their warehouses as fast as they can. The new minimum wage rules will simply hasten the adoption of the new systems. Amazon has gone so far as to put sensors on their worker's bodies to determine the movements necessary for incorporation into the abilities of automated order pickers. The essence being that a majority of those jobs will be short lived.
I certainly agree with you that technology has made our lives better. Your point about younger generations not driving cars and your prior post regarding self driving trucks is undoubtedly true However artificial intelligence will eliminate jobs in the soon to be automated in the logistics sector. Because of the technological changes the jobs simply will not be needed because robots do not demand minimum wages, call in sick and work, 24/7/365. This however does not equate with a cash cow in our area beyond that what the warehouse owners are sucking up.
Here is a nice little video of one of Amazon's operations that is in present operations and a window to what the future will be.
While I wish that I were wrong on this experience tells me that I will be correct.