No brain surgery here. I have long opined about how the $15/hr. crowd, and their elected enablers, is clueless about business and where their collective cries would lead. But, hey...though my show is heard in a lot of places and I am proud of our audience...I am still just one guy (albeit with a microphone, a few transmitters, and a satellite or two...lol).
So, we jump to the Schnuck Markets grocery chain. Located in five states, totaling maybe one hundred stores. Soon, if not already, "Tally" the robot will be patrolling the aisles looking for incorrect or missing prices, low stock, and items in the wrong place.
The idea is to free up the staff to offer more personal and better customer service.
The move to robotics and more automation was inevitable. But, not this soon.
The "living wage" crowd has brought this about faster and in doing so has cost many in its ranks their job. These robots will be replacing people. One robot may replace several workers. Often, though not always, these workers are doing stock work for a reason. The workers which survive will be more skilled or, at least, more personable. This is just the beginning.
Robots do not need vacation time, no paid family leave, no Social Security contributions made by the employer, or sick time, or counseling on inter-personal relationships and team building. They do their job and do not complain. Oh, and they do not unionize. Sure, one day they may become self-aware and take over the world, but that is for another blog.
You might want to share this post with your favorite illiberal who has been demanding an entry level job pay enough to support a family, buy a house, car, and maybe a boat. Share because this is just the beginning.
You also might suggest these workers reverse course and stop demanding a minimum wage which does not equal the job being done. Perhaps offer the timeless advice mom and dad gave many of us...if you want a better paying job, acquire better skills.
Here's "Tally" in action.