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As long as the loss doesn't exceed the savings in labor the profit is still there.  Nobody really cares where that profit comes from (other than the workers that lost their jobs).  Prices won't respond to loss unless the theft is so large it actually impacts supply.  In the end, we just aren't talking about something that can scale up to have that much of an impact based on these figures.  Were this something like a massive tariff on apples or a disease that infects apple trees you might see prices go up.  Theft like this is so small when compared to the total market and it is spread out across a lot of stuff other than apples though.  I am not aware of any market where theft, even on truly large scales, has impacted prices. My guess is we'll see a technical solution that will discourage theft without hiring more labor, but the profit on things like food is so tiny already it may be some time until bananas get individual rfid tags.

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Strangely enough here they are disappearing, which I like because it keeps jobs and I did not like to work for the superstore. People disliked them, so they are usually empty, so the controller will usually be over your shoulder because he/she has nothing else to do. That sais, here credit card fraud is big, so the main role of the controller is checking the credit card with an ID, which again destroys any time savings you might get from the self.checkout itself. They are advertised for less than ten items, so that may be a factor.

 

That said, most people still do a significant share of their food shopping in small stores, so automation is not (yet) welcome. In my case we have four bakeries, three fruit/vegetable shops, two butchers and two fishmongers within five minute walking distance

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On 7/28/2019 at 3:35 AM, editengine said:

I thought @Boogerhead would appreciate this one.

 

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-banana-trick-and-other-acts-of-self-checkout-thievery?utm_source=pocket-newtab

 

I haven't really ever stolen anything intentionally ( ok I grabbed a couple of extra rolls of sod at Home Depot once because after paying and then self-loading them I realized I needed 1-2 more and wasn't waiting in their dumb line again) but I can't say I see much of an issue here.  There is no 'owner' of these big stores that you are hurting.  The original producer of the goods has already been paid.  The shareholders for these chains could care less as long as the net savings realized by cutting labor costs is more than the lost profit, which is minuscule.

 

Yeah, external shrinkage only accounts for less than 40% of all shrink. 60%+ is the staff.

We don't have the self-checkout, either. Wouldn't really work with luxury fashion.

Be fun to watch, though.

 

My favorite: "In their zeal to cut labor costs, the study said, supermarkets could be seen as having created “a crime-generating environment” that promotes profit “above social responsibility.”

 

Gee, I wonder where they learned that trick.

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My employer lost over three million in shrinkage in 2017.

 

From ONE of our nearly 400 stores.

 

One.

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Our work gets quoted a lot in some circles but this is the first time we have made The Economist.

 

https://www.economist.com/democracy-in-america/2019/08/02/can-gentrification-be-a-force-for-positive-social-change

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IN APRIL, a Metro PCS mobile phone shop at the corner of 7th Street and Florida Avenue in the Shaw district of Washington, DC, briefly silenced its speakers. For 24 years, the shop, which also sells music CDs, had played go-go music, a kind of funk indigenous to the city, to passers-by. Some would stop to bop. But, according to the store owner, a resident of a new nearby luxury apartment complained about the noise—and his corporate overseers turned the volume down.

The incident amplified a rumbling debate over the impact of gentrification in a city that has seen rapid economic and demographic change—according to the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, the most widespread gentrification of any major metro area in the country. A three bedroom house around the corner from the Metro PCS sold for $345,000 in 2004 and resold for $835,116 in 2017. The property is advertised as perfect for a “group house of young professionals.”

 

 

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They track your stow rates at Amazon (how fast you place each package into the correct bin). I am consistently above-target, and above average: I think, TBH, the average rate for the warehouse is below-target.

 

This makes me think I should actually slow down to not "throw the curve". Anyway, but I am *not* shirking work that way: my idea is to spend time optimizing the bins for whomever comes after me. Like, by my own volition, I'm being a goddamn socialist/redistributing the fruits of my labors.

SOME OF THE WORKERS, THO, goddamn! I don't mean they are lazy (in most cases, far from it!). I mean, some of the people expected to do the same job as me are... do not have nearly the same physicality I possess.

 

I realize I'm fucking fat, but I also am moderately strong, and have actually okay stamina.

 

But, like, you get these 60-year-old ladies, immigrants, all of 5-foot-2 and 130 pounds. Expected to keep up with me.

 

Expected to move close-to-50 pound bags off of, like, the top shelf of the racks (like 6 feet up, or something). Goddamn. I really think there is flat-out not enough workers with the innate ability to even do this work at the rate Amazon seems to expect.

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I keep thinking I suck/am incompetent--and, indeed, there are plenty of jobs I am, at the neurological level, incapable (911 dispatcher, cashier, etc)--but, then I pull this shit like having the fastest stow rate, and every day at work all the supervisors seem delighted by my work (I think they really are, and not just being encouraging), etc.

 

And, always, there are the two thoughts of:

1. how the fuck did I, with my ability, end up in such a stupid fucking job

2. oh, god, if I--an above-average worker in many ways--usually feel like I'm *barely hanging on* at work, what the fuck are these poor normies feeling:(

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my point with number 2 is, IDK... *I* could doing okay, probably, in a grim meathook 19th Century sorta labor environment (or, 21st Century for places like a FoxConn factory). But, damn, plenty of people could not/can not, and that's just too cruel.

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