Thread regarding Walmart layoffs

If you are a cashier!

Amazon’s Go concept uses a combination of sensors and cameras to track what each store shopper takes off of shelves so it can automatically bill them for their purchase without their having to stop to pay on the way out. The store’s launch has been severely delayed, however, with reports that the technology did not work well when the store was crowded.

Walmart is envisioning a similar system that would potentially eliminate the need for cashiers in stores outfitted with the technology. Walmart has more than two million employees worldwide, many of whom work at checkout.

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Look how big K-mart was.

Walmart will be K-mart before you know it.

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They would have robots regardless of wages.


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Wages are indeed a factor because robots are a huge investment. Higher labor costs encourage companies to make that upfront investment sooner, it's simple economics.

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Target will start their employees out at $15 an hour in two years and that’s for non-manager positions.

Walmart has to either get rid of all those people and raise their wages to be able to compete with the rest of the world.

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Agree with qp5!

It’s coming regardless of wages.

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I have joked for a decade that retail companies would replace all warm bodies with cybernetic squirrels if they could. The problem then becomes who is going to buy their merchandise if everyone is out of work and the unemployment rate is 30% or worse?

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Robots and automation will happen and are happening regardless of whether wages increase. Companies love to dangle the threat of automation over their workers' heads to keep them from asking more money, but those jobs are getting automated away, one way or another. Workers could ask for LOWER pay and it won't stop automation from happening. I'm all for the workers getting more money while their jobs still exist.

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Interesting. A lot of people warned about robots and automation increasing as a result of increasing minimum wage. Read about it there is a direct correlation.

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