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Old 06-17-2020, 06:25 PM
 
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With close to 5,000 stores, this would be an enormous quantity of jobs lost.

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Old 06-17-2020, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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It makes sense in the cost savings on the company side of the table. It’s a immense amount of money and liability saved.

On a customer side I dont care to nor do I want to do self check out. Way I see it I’m not paid to check myself out nor am I getting a discount for doing it. Your company.....is the people you hire. That’s the face I see not the douchebag executive in some far away city. Maybe my biggest thrill is to go in see my favorite nice cashier when I shop for whatever. If I wanted self check out no human interaction........I would do all my shopping online.
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:17 PM
 
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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Three words: Universal Basic Income ($1,000 a month) for all citizens making less then $75,000 a year or $100,000 a year in higher COL areas like the Tri-State area or San Francisco Bay area.
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:29 PM
 
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It makes sense in the cost savings on the company side of the table. It’s a immense amount of money and liability saved.

On a customer side I dont care to nor do I want to do self check out. Way I see it I’m not paid to check myself out nor am I getting a discount for doing it. Your company.....is the people you hire. That’s the face I see not the douchebag executive in some far away city. Maybe my biggest thrill is to go in see my favorite nice cashier when I shop for whatever. If I wanted self check out no human interaction........I would do all my shopping online.
We either you grocery pickup or self-checkout. I can't remember the last time I've used a cashier.
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:50 PM
 
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I would not miss cashiers. Most of them look at you like you are interrupting them by being in their line. I don't exactly blame them - it is probably not much fun to stand there all day.
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I predict it will work well in affluent suburban areas, but will get rolled back quickly in lower income locales due to shoplifting, intentional misidentification of produce items for cheaper ones, and all the other little ways that the presence of a cashier helps prevent fraud and loss.
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Old 06-17-2020, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I would not miss cashiers. Most of them look at you like you are interrupting them by being in their line. I don't exactly blame them - it is probably not much fun to stand there all day.
The cashiers at Wal mart seem miserable. I don't even shop there anymore, they're so freaking rude. If their jobs are gone, so be it.
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Old 06-17-2020, 08:39 PM
 
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Until a machine is infallible, a human is your better asset to resolve that which a program cannot.

Try fighting with a program. It rang up the price wrong, Who you going to tell??

Or it double charged. Too bad, the cashier that you eagerly said is Useless ..suddenly becomes your ally to resolve that technical glitch.

I worked as a cashier, most consumers were civil. I cannot imagine they enjoy the complainers or the ansty self imposed important person. Yet it put bread on the table and gave them a sense that they were an element in the business module.

Ask any Business Owner and they will tell you that paying LABOR is a bane to them. The Owners sole goal is to PAY out the least amount of funds to keep the golden goose lining their bank account. The Go to has been to cut labor before cutting Budget resources.
True fact- Our one business owner would have ( and did) fire staff so that he could improve his revenue thru an online website. Two years into that "investment" and not a soul was ordering from that debacle of a site. Every customer still insisted on having a LIVE voice hear them out or follow thru on the order tracking or return. You can lead a horse to water , but most STILL insist that it takes a human to resolve a humans concern.
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Old 06-17-2020, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Oregon, formerly Texas
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I used to work at Wal-Mart. They've been working on this tech for 20 years.

This will eliminate some jobs but maybe not as many as you'd think. They'd still need some front end staff to help customers and police shrink.

I'd estimate maybe 30-40 positions per store at most. Mostly PT positions. Remember that a typical WM has 250-400 workers. Across the company it's maybe 150k jobs. Mostly PT.

It's not even about getting rid of current workers, it's about hiring fewer new ones and getting more of the new workers they do hire.

Mark my words, in thw future you'll start needing an associates degree to work these jobs
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Old 06-17-2020, 09:29 PM
 
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Three words: Universal Basic Income ($1,000 a month) for all citizens making less then $75,000 a year or $100,000 a year in higher COL areas like the Tri-State area or San Francisco Bay area.
That's not UBI.

Go read up on what UBI really is and then get back to us. Hint: Key word is "Universal".
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