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The Ratchet Effect of Labor Automation

November 15, 2022

Via: HR Hero

Companies are racing toward automation in the face of a tight labor market and a quest for greater efficiencies. Eventually the labor market is sure to settle down, but when it does, it’s unlikely that jobs which were automated due to a shortage of human workers will de-automate when the labor shortage eases.

In a previous post, we discussed Walmart’s increasing embrace of automation in its fulfilment centers, including the recent acquisition in early October of Alert Innovations, a robotics company that has developed bots specifically designed for Walmart that retrieve and dispense orders.

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