This info is from Greater Boston, a program on WGBH, an NPR affiliate. It is streamable via wgbh.org. Corby Kummer was the guest: Whole Foods hasn’t been as profitable as Amazon wants. They are planning on revamping so that stores will have fresh items on display, but customers will select the rest of their purchases on a screen. These will be collected in a warehouse area above or adjacent to the shopping floor, and will be at the register waiting for the customer to check out. This will drastically cut labor costs, and jobs. Meanwhile, instead of 20 hrs, part time Whole Foods employees will have to work 30 hrs per week to be eligible for insurance. In today’s manufacturing, cutting labor costs seems to have precedence over sales revenue. This will eventually result in already morally bankrupt corporations endind in financial bankruptcy. The unemployed can’t buy the products they used to make, and robots have no use for tacos, toilet paper, or Toyotas.
The first I ever saw Jeff Bezos was years ago on Charlie Rose, where he was announcing the debut of the first generation Kindle. I recall, vividly, thinking that while the tablet was a nifty idea, Bezos was a detached and robotic geek. I thought he might have Asperger’s syndrome but there was something more to it. Autism doesn’t set off alarms for me, but HE did.