posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 07:55 PM
...The CEO of JCPenney is the former retail chief of Apple, and he wants to shake things up to restore the company to profitability.
But one of his ideas – replacing clerks with a self-check-out system – well, that doesn’t go over too well with some customers...
...Penney’s CEO Ron Johnson says the store will switch the traditional bar codes on price tags to RFID’s – or radio frequency identification
chips – and use self-service checkout machines found in many grocery stores.
“That’s taking away jobs from people,” notes Kuhn. “People need to work and make money. Plus, if I’m coming to the store, I want to have
someone there to help me.”
Now, JCPenney will not be eliminating store clerks all together. Each of the proposed boutiques within the store will have its staff.
But beginning in 2014, at check-out you’ll be on your own.
In an email, a Penny’s spokesman would not say how many jobs would be lost, saying instead this new check-out would actually free employees to help
customers in other ways.
Globalism and the resultant increase in service industry jobs was sold to us with the idea that there would, in fact, be an increased number of those
jobs for people down-sized or out-sourced from other jobs.
Apparently that was all just a con job.
This is really only the start of it, as more things become automated, more jobs will be lost. When one corporation makes a huge change like this, the
rest follow suit. Look at the auto industry. Look also at how retailers and most other service related companies gutted full time jobs in favor of
part-time employees only in order to cut benefits.
This IS going to happen. Most sectors of the service industry will follow suit. There are already vending machines for just about anything you can
imagine in Japan and other Asian countries.
Either we need a change in what it means to be an employed citizen or we need a paradigm shift for our social structure all together - because most
jobs are moving to the service sector and those jobs will eventually be primarily automated.
Where will that leave us?
And, yeah, no wise cracks about how you think JC Penny sucks - this is bigger than that.
edit on 22-7-2012 by KillerQueen because: (no reason