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.

Common Core student test

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.

 

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. Really??? says

    When society designs out the needed skill development of teenagers (summer jobs etc.) and states these type of jobs are “family support” jobs then they have made it clear they do not care about the “bottom line” of businesses, the needs of society outside of their utopian junk, and the jobless rate will increase as the less intellectually capable will not have jobs.

    But that is th Socialist clap trap, and power politics that the Democrats have embraced for the past 50 years. It is just now with the Socialist Obama that they are embolden to state the ultimate goal.

    Ignore the incentives in society that having strata of jobs creates.

  2. Yes, I can attest that you have been saying this for a long time and now we have proof that you are right. Pretty soon we will have self-checkout in all grocery stores, drug stores, Targets, 7-11’s, and the like. The only people who are suffering are low-skilled workers and high school and college-aged kids, all of whom need the experience of a job to learn what the real world is all about. This is a perfect example of unintended consequences, and it doesn’t take rocket science to predict this. The liberals have their heads in the sand, and blindly follow their ideology, hurting the very people they purport to be helping, It’s nuts!!!

Speak Your Mind

*