Walmart said it's adding almost 4,000 robots to its stores and facilities.The investment will allow human workers to shift to other tasks that are harder to automate.The push into robotics comes as the company has boosted worker wages.The robots are coming for Walmart workers' jobs, with the retail giant saying it plans to add almost 4,000 robots to its stores and facilities as it seeks to remove human workers from routine tasks like scrubbing floors. The company said the plan is part of a goal to shift human workers to customer-service roles, such as "engaging with customers," according to a blog post. The new robots include the "Auto-C," which polishes floors, and the FAST Unloader, which scans and sorts items unloaded from delivery trucks. The investment in automation comes as the retail giant has pledged to boost worker wages, pledging $2.7 billion over two years to boost pay as well as training and education. Robots, while requiring an initial investment, promise lower … [Read more...] about Walmart doubles down on robots to shift labor costs: “We’re going big”
Kate Taylor, provided by Published 3:03 pm CST, Monday, January 14, 2019 Image 1 of / 28 Caption Close Image 1 of 28 Wingstop is replacing workers with robots and removing items from the menu as the industry battles skyrocketing labor costs (WING) 1 / 28 Back to Gallery Wingstop CEO Charlie Morrison said that the chain is cutting sides from its menu and investing in tech such as ordering kiosks to cut labor costs. In late 2018, Wingstop swapped out potato salad, coleslaw, and baked beans for loaded fries and fried corn, which take workers less time to prepare. Many fast-food chains are increasingly turning to technology such as ordering kiosks to cut the number of workers needed as wages rise and unemployment rates hit record lows. ORLANDO, Florida — As wages rise and unemployment drops, chains are increasingly turning to technology to … [Read more...] about Wingstop is replacing workers with robots and removing items from the menu as the industry battles skyrocketing labor costs (WING)
0 Comments By Paul Page Paul Page The Wall Street Journal BiographyPaul Page @PaulPage [email protected] Oct. 17, 2018 10:41 a.m. ET Sign up: With one click, get this newsletter delivered to your inbox. Consolidation isn’t paying off so far for Japan’s big container shipping lines. The Ocean Network Express business formed from the country’s big three carriers expects to lose $600 million in its first year of operations, the WSJ’s Costas Paris reports, the biggest in a series of financial setbacks by carriers this year. The operation known as ONE says it struggled with “teething problems” with new technology systems and staffing—hurdles common in mergers. But the shipping line has also been hamstrung by tough shipping market conditions that have undercut a rebound in container shipping. Fuel prices are soaring, and an early surge in peak-season shipping driven by trade tensions came just as ONE was trying to get its bearings. … [Read more...] about Today’s Logistics Report: Shipping Consolidation Losses; Rising Labor Costs; CSX Precision Profits
Earlier this summer, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released the results of its first Contingent Worker Survey since 2005. With all the talk these days about the gig economy, observers thought the survey would reveal a sharp rise. Recent estimates done by worker groups and corporate think tanks — like those by Upwork and the Freelancers Union, or by McKinsey & Co. — suggested that the number could be 30 percent to 40 percent of the workforce. So pundits, myself included, were shocked that the bureau reported that the share of contingent workers in the labor market fell from 10.7 percent to 10.1 percent. What gives? In 2005, Uber didn’t exist, and now it claims to have 3 million drivers. Where are all the Uber drivers, let alone the Task Rabbits and the Upworkers? The answer lies in how we define our terms. There is no consensus on who qualifies as a contingent worker, and that’s one reason the bureau is still missing the big picture on how … [Read more...] about What is ‘contingent work,’ exactly, and why are government labor statistics missing it?
10 Cost Saving and Effective Tips for Event Catering If there is an event, there has to be food and beverages. It can easily be said that without proper food, an event can never be complete. Events mean a large number of people and a lengthy catering bill. Thankfully, there are ways to keep the bill short and well within your budget. Cost Saving Tips for Event Catering Here are 10 cost saving and effective tips for shortening the event catering bill according to a top private chef. Cut The Time Short: If the duration of an event can be reduced significantly, the total costs can also be brought down effectively. It is very important for hosts to keep an eye on the timeline. Theme Based Promotions: You may also consider theme based promotions in which local restaurants can participate. Provide them with individual stations to serve their special dishes. Such restaurants will participate for free, and they will only charge for the cost of their products along with the time they spend … [Read more...] about 10 Cost Saving Tips for Event Catering