Target is testing robots that track inventory on its store shelves including shampoo and laundry detergent.
The retail giant is conducting a one-week trial at one of its department stores in downtown San Francisco, according to a source familiar with the matter and confirmed by three store clerks.
Simbe Robotics, a Silicon Valley startup, built the robot called Tally that it says can roll autonomously around the store while scanning products to determine if they have been misplaced, mispriced, or are low in stock.
It is no coincidence that Target is testing this technology at a store in San Francisco. San Francisco is Ground Zero for the move to pay unskilled or semi skilled workers wages which far outstrip their worth. As a result every company that can is working to find ways to replace expensive and unreliable people with machines that won’t call in sick to go to a party, don’t need breaks, want vacation time, or use sick days. They won’t spit in your food either, but that’s a disgusting story for a different day.
J0bs at fast food restaurants, coffee shops, and retail stores have long been considered entry level and mostly part time jobs. They don’t pay much, but they pay something and they give people with limited or non existent skill sets entry into the job market where they can learn skills and things such as fulfilling a commitment, showing up on time, and you know, working.
This is not new and I wrote about it early last month.
This trend will continue as long as politicians persist in trying to engineer social change on the financial backs of private companies.
Which means it will last for a long, long, time.