The Start: Wendy’s To Replace Workers With Self-Service Kiosks Due To Minimum Wage Increases

As I have been saying in the California Political News and Views for over a year and on dozens of radio interviews and over 100 speeches, the fast food industry is going to end the hiring of humans.  In California there is a McDonalds that is using a robot to make up to 360 burgers and hour—and kiosks to take orders and payment.  Jobs for teens are in danger.  Now Wendy’s, in 6,000 stores will fire cashiers and “hire” kiosks to do the job of taking orders and payment.  This starts before the end of THIS year—the next step are the robots making the food.

“Wendy’s (WEN) said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages.

It will be up to franchisees whether to deploy the labor-saving technology, but Wendy’s President Todd Penegor did note that some franchise locations have been raising prices to offset wage hikes.

McDonald’s (MCD) has been testing self-service kiosks. But Wendy’s, which has been vocal about embracing labor-saving technology, is launching the biggest potential expansion.”

The unions and the Clinton/Obama/Sanders Left are killing the future for out kids—no more low level jobs to gain skills, experience and discipline.  Shame on us for allowing this abuse of our children.

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Wendy’s To Replace Workers With Self-Service Kiosks Due To Minimum Wage Increases

Christine Rousselle, Townhall, 5/12/16

Fast-food workers have engaged in the #FightFor15 for quite a while now, but one chain has a different way of ensuring that labor costs remain low without having to raise the cost of a product. Wendy’s plans on installing self-service kiosks at over 6,000 locations to replace cashiers. This is in response to laws mandating higher wages.

Wendy’s (WEN) said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages.

It will be up to franchisees whether to deploy the labor-saving technology, but Wendy’s President Todd Penegor did note that some franchise locations have been raising prices to offset wage hikes.

McDonald’s (MCD) has been testing self-service kiosks. But Wendy’s, which has been vocal about embracing labor-saving technology, is launching the biggest potential expansion.

Wendy’s Penegor said company-operated stores, only about 10% of the total, are seeing wage inflation of 5% to 6%, driven both by the minimum wage and some by the need to offer a competitive wage “to access good labor.”

Yikes. Kiosks, of course, do the job of a human at the cost of $0 per hour.

Automation is coming, and it’s going to be at the cost of low-skilled workers–and not just the ones at Wendy’s. McDonald’s is also considering using kiosks, and self-checkout lines are common at grocery stores across the country. Minimum wage laws create an artificial price floor that hurts workers more than it helps.

 

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