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afwriter
afwriter
1/24/2018 11:03:29 AM
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Re: Jobs
I think we all agree for the most part. My line of thought is that, self-checkouts for instance, may replace a checker, but it creates a need for people to program the OS, people to maintain the machines, and more people to work in the factories that create parts and replacement parts for the machines. I guess the people who are really affected by this are part-time high school kids and retirees looking for part-time work. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
1/24/2018 8:07:31 AM
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Re: Digitialization = Operations Overhaul
@DHagar - That would certainly be a possibility as well. A lot of the big players are currently investing in restaurants I had read. But it would make sense to try and profit off a model that is already extremely popular. In fact I'm sure part of its popularity lends itself to the very real trend by a huge section of society to take up "side gigs." I'm sure more corporations will start looking into how to create businesses that rely on people's desire for "side gigs." Right now. 

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DHagar
DHagar
1/23/2018 4:38:43 PM
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Re: Digitialization = Operations Overhaul
@elizabethv, very true!  The ability to scale and replicate in the context of discovering the right markets will be the key. 

It may also be that the big players spin off continual reinvestments in new models and support them until they can monetize and generate profits and organic growth?

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elizabethv
elizabethv
1/23/2018 8:33:13 AM
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Re: Digitialization = Operations Overhaul
@DHagar - It will definitely be interesting to see what happens moving forward. Both are certainly popular. And the business model appears to be sound. But they certainly can't continue operating that way. A mom-and-pop start up would never have made it this long. Something is going to have to change. Perhaps that change will come in the form of someone creating another business that doesn't run at a loss and offers better service than Uber. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
1/23/2018 8:25:21 AM
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Re: Jobs
@afwriter - in general I definitely agree, technology changes jobs more than it actually takes them away. There are exceptions, like I am sure Ford Motor Company doesn't employ as many mechanics today as they did 50 years ago. But I suppose I also don't know if they have the same number (percentage, rather, based on sales) of employees today, just in different fields. (They probably have more people working in marketing and HR today than they did fifty years ago.) In the case of the self-checkout, I do believe they have probably replaced at least a few jobs. Maybe nothing noticeable, and there does stand the potential that those jobs were replaced elsewhere. For me it's more a matter of principle. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
1/23/2018 8:12:25 AM
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Re: Digitialization = Operations Overhaul
@srufolo1 -I don't really see them as being more efficient. Providing a better service? Sure. Without a doubt. Doing a good job? Not arguable, of course they are. But they are losing money. No business can operate that way. To continue offering that service at a level that is realistic, they HAVE to increase their fees. Would they still be as popular? Is it  okay for a business to be subsidized by the government to continue to run? Maybe what needs to happen is more businesses need to learn from the Uber model and create themselves out of that instead of just allowing a business who is operating at a full loss to remain doing so at the cost of people's jobs.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
1/23/2018 8:09:17 AM
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Re: Jobs
@srufolo1 - One employee generally mans the self-checkouts. (I don't think I've ever seen more than that.) And there are 4 checkers, sometimes 8 to a self-checkout.) This replaces at least 2 (realistically, I doubt a manager would have had 4 other open lanes, that would create a larger labor cost.) open lanes, maybe 4, depending on the time of day and day of the week. Thus replacing 1-3 potential jobs. Yes, it gets people out faster. But I believe I've shared on here previously, in Japan they don't allow technology to replace a persons job. They still complete forms on paper and store them in filing cabinets. I think there's real value to a society who values the people of that society over the speed with which they complete a task. 

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
1/22/2018 12:01:39 AM
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Re: Jobs
@srufolo1, @afwriter:

Agree with both of you about evolution of technology and the impact.

There is absolutely no denial that technology is moving very fast, but not at the cost of overwriting human brain. Think about the algorithm that robo depends on, that is human creation.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
1/21/2018 11:36:46 PM
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Re: Jobs
@afwriter:

Same with me, i try not to use self check out unless there is a long wait for regular check out. I have experienced pricing discrepancies as well. 

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DHagar
DHagar
1/18/2018 5:06:13 PM
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Re: Digitialization = Operations Overhaul
@srufolo1, good analysis on the "relevance" of the taxi model as to whether or not it best serves our needs.  It clearly is a high cost system, as are ambulances, and so altneratives that can be responsible, effective and deliver better service will no doubt gain interest and riders.

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