Be careful what you wish for as they say. After constantly complaining about minimum wages, retail giant Walmart has finally complied. But that hasn’t been the only consequence.
Effects were immediately felt in January of 2018 when Walmart agreed to increase employee wages, while simultaneously issuing numerous layoffs.
That however, isn’t the only change Walmart is making in order to stabilize its operating costs.
Now the chain has begun implementing robots that will automate mundane tasks that would usually require another employee salary.
4,000 such robots are expected to be put into action. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect 4,000 more layoffs might not be far down the pipeline.
Walmart’s blog delivered the announcement that they will deploy 1,500 floor-cleaning robots, 300 shelf-scanners, 1,200 truck unloaders, and 900 pickup towers for online orders.