Union Worried About High Tech Shopping Carts
from the what-a-shocker dept
We’ve had plenty of stories about high tech shopping carts, but this latest NPR story (found on Politech) is a bit surprising. It starts out normally enough, talking about how everyone loves these new shopping carts that help them find products they want, while also keeping track of how much they’re spending. The carts also allow for additional features, such as letting you make “remote” orders to the deli counter while you shop elsewhere in the store. The odd part, though, is in the later part of the segment when they talk to a union representative who complains about how these terrible shopping carts are going to take away jobs. You would think, by this point, unions would understand how technology works, and that if the technology really is useful, their industry is simply going to change. Fighting against it does no good for anyone. It just makes consumers less happy while doing nothing to actually prevent the technology from moving forward. In the meantime, as wonderful as these shopping carts sound, I’d bet there’s going to be plenty of job openings for folks to repair them. It wasn’t that long ago that shopping carts everywhere started showing up with little “calculators” to help shoppers total up their purchases. I don’t think I ever saw one that wasn’t smashed. Keeping a fully computerized system running is likely to take a lot more work.