How #bigdata changes how you eat
A few years ago I wrote the $15 Minimum Wage Paradox. The net of the article is if labor rates get above $15 per hour, I can replace unskilled labor with technology. Many used the “self checkout” argument to debate my finding. The “self checkout” argument is valid! However, my debaters failed to comprehend that the $15 per hour employee is NOT replaced with automation. The BUSINESS PROCESS of ordering and getting food is so fundamentally changed that there is no need for the cashier at all.
Here are two examples. Both are cost justified once labor rates exceed the $15 per hour threshold.
The Grocery Store Experience:
In a grocery store, I need the butcher. I need the florist. I need the produce specialist. I need the stock boy. This is not about if I need the CASHIER or not. No! No! I don’t need the checkout lanes !
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