More jobs are being lost to self-service machines as workers struggle to make money in this economy. Have you noticed lately that there are more self-service machines at the check out line in stores like
I walked into my local
The self-check out system is beginning to appear in more and more stores other than the discounters where it is expected. At discount stores consumers accept the fact that they have to do a little more work to get great savings on products. Costco has had success with the no bag concept for years where shoppers accept the fact that they need to find a box or bag to carry out for their products. Self-service machines at Costco would be just fine since their philosophy is to save money and pass it onto their customers.
But, last I checked
I will adapt to the self-service trend, but what about all of those check-out clerks that will lose their jobs to a machine? I spoke with my favorite
Of course they will. Why keep employees onboard that have nothing to do but watch the customer scan his own items? Currently, the former check out clerks are doing just that; watching people check out. It seemed so silly and sad to me to watch these poor people, all three of them, just watching the customer and helping them when they were in trouble with the machine, as their job was being dissolved right before them.
This is another change going forward the stores will be doing in business. And, the loss of service jobs continues to increase with workers left on the sidelines. This trend will continue as retailers try to find ways to increase their bottom-line profits at the expense of their employees.
The deterioration of jobs in this economy is unsettling. Retail stores have already scaled back their staff with this latest recession. Now they have found a way to cut more expense from their operations. These service jobs are gone forever and these workers will be another causality collecting unemployment benefits. They will have to learn new skills to find work or end up on welfare.
My advice to check out clerks is to start learning a new trade. Change is coming and it's happening fast. Watch for Starbucks who is always a leader in innovation. I bet they will be using self check-out in some of their stores. This is not a fact, but mark my words...its coming!