Automated sales technology could be taking a toll on U.S. retail employment

Full story: TwinCities.com 6
Assembly workers at AVT Inc. in Corona, Calif., build smart vending machines that dispense a wide range of products, including electronics and cosmetics, available 24 hours a day in locations such as airports and hotels. Full Story
mike

Winona, MN

#1 Mar 8, 2011
Yes and as these retailers fire human workers they can puzzle over why no one is coming into the store to buy. Morons.
rocky

Inver Grove Heights, MN

#2 Mar 9, 2011
Higher populations, more immigration, manufacturing jobs going to China and machines and automation taking jobs here. How can anyone not be concerned about the future of this country?
Love_Tech

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Mar 9, 2011
Yeah technology! I love the scan yourself checkout lane at the grocery store, pay at the pump, etc. The less I have to wait in line and deal with people the better.
irony for breakfast

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Mar 16, 2011
Love_Tech wrote:
Yeah technology! I love the scan yourself checkout lane at the grocery store, pay at the pump, etc. The less I have to wait in line and deal with people the better.
Don't champion the greed that leads to these decisions by corporations.
You won't realize how ignorant you were when your credit/debit card is maxed out as you stand at the kiosk to check out because you no longer have a job. Shareholder profits are not the end-all-be-all, but that is what we are seeing. The 1% elite will control all the wealth, and we'll be scrambling for crumbs. Its just bizarre to see how people can't make that correlation for themselves as they demand ever more "convenience" and cheap, Chinese-made goods to our society's detriment. Oh, but I'm sure you can fit yourself for eyeglasses too at Walmart to combat your myopic agenda of convenience...
Love_Tech

United States

#5 Mar 16, 2011
1) I never said that I wanted cheap goods made in other countries. I like the efficiency of the self serve kiosk for the everyday standard transactions.
2) I have multiple high tech degrees and can manage my money well, so no maxed out cards. There is always a need for engineers. The era of a high diploma only factory job is over. People need to keep up with the way society is moving to higher skilled infomation age job.
3) automation and kiosks are the only way to provide the products at a price that almost all can afford. If everything serviced or manufactured by a human, the cost would be much greater. It is not solely about profits. It is about doing more with less and technology is the only way.
davy jones

United States

#6 Mar 16, 2011
The country is turning into a bunch of lazy pencil pushers and monitor gazers.

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