September 08, 2017

Dollarama testing “robot cashiers” thanks to $15/hour minimum wage

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

Canadian discount retailer Dollarama is testing self-checkouts as one way to combat the added costs of minimum wage hikes in Alberta and Ontario.

To that end, Dollarama is investing $10 million into company-wide cost-cutting initiatives, including testing new human-free point of sale systems. 

This time last year, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley defended her pursuit of a $15 minimum wage in the midst of the worst economic recession in a generation.

Notley said her raise in the minimum wage would cost no jobs, and would be the right thing to do for Alberta's low-wage workers.

Looks like Dollarama’s newly hired robot cashiers disagree.

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commented 2017-09-09 18:47:14 -0400
Not sure what the hell happened there?
Anyways Andrew when doctors left it was due to high taxes. And truck drivers work more hours than you. Your part time teaching job does not take much effort.
commented 2017-09-09 18:45:31 -0400
Andrew sorry that is BS, this happened when PET was in charge , there is precedent. A
commented 2017-09-09 18:45:30 -0400
Andrew sorry that is BS, this happened when PET was in charge , there is precedent. A
commented 2017-09-09 18:45:29 -0400
Andrew sorry that is BS, this happened when PET was in charge , there is precedent. A
commented 2017-09-09 12:21:34 -0400
You’d certainly think so, given the payscales instructors get. 12k for a full year course works out to the mid-high teens per hour when you work it out (and about 10% of what the U. gets in tuition and funding for the course). You probably ARE better off working at Dollarama.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, THAT is why there is a brain drain. It’s not taxes that does Canada in, it’s lack of opportunity. Good country to live in if you want to drive a big dump truck. Terrible for STEM.
commented 2017-09-09 03:33:50 -0400
Andrew low value tasks? Oh you mean like teaching at a University and public sector positions.
commented 2017-09-09 03:32:38 -0400
Andrew which jobs are you referring to? Where are all these unfilled jobs??
commented 2017-09-09 03:30:52 -0400
Andrew yeah sure. And the low productivity is in the union and public sectors.
commented 2017-09-08 23:05:38 -0400
Aw , but did you hear what I heard on a California radio station last month
Elected government leftards are drawing up legislation to tax the robots on the sales they " earn"
Private sector business derangement syndrome
commented 2017-09-08 22:49:29 -0400
Excellent news, this will improve our terrible rock bottom productivity numbers which will lead to a renewed economic boom. After a short period of adjustment, we’ll wonder why the hell such an inefficient system was tolerated for so long. Low value tasks should be automated. It frees up human capital for higher value ones.
commented 2017-09-08 22:08:45 -0400
This should be common sense, but apparently not.
For ever $1,000,000 in restaurant revenue, there is typically:

Food costs——————————— $500,000
Wages at current rate————-$300,000
Expenses (lease / utillities)— $182,000
Profit——————————————- $28,000

Raising wages from ~$11 to $15 increases the wage cost to ~$400,000
So what is a restaurant supposed to do… lose $72,000 for every million in revenue???

Only a lefty with no real world experience would have this expectation…
commented 2017-09-08 19:35:17 -0400
Better to destroy small companies with large wage requirements and keep low income earners unemployed. More power to the govt and less answering to (conservative) entrepreneurs.
Hopefully, this will continue to blow up in Trudeau’s face and now for the Wynne and Notley.
commented 2017-09-08 18:29:51 -0400
Deborah, excellent comment. Not only is the minimum wage hike an attack on the jobs that are needed for entry level workers, hikes boost the wages of many unionized workers who already have quite secure employment at significantly higher wages than the minimum. I have heard whispers, and have suspected that some union negotiations are tied to minimum wage increases to some degree or other, and these jobs may be largely held by left leaning voters. A quick search resulted in this enlightening brief article:
It would be interesting to learn of how many government unions benefit in this way, but I don’t know what luck would be in store considering the stonewalling of foip requests. So the cost to taxpayers for this increase is really much higher than the NDP would have us believe.
I enjoy the comments from all of our regular posters (well except for the trolls), thank you.
commented 2017-09-08 18:14:42 -0400
Jobs will go down the tube – the political leaders have no idea of reality.
commented 2017-09-08 18:02:59 -0400
One just has to look at the banks, the main reason for ABM’s was not to improve customer service like they advertised, but to reduce labour costs when the workers unionized. My little bank branch has gone from about ten staff to five. No chance of those jobs returning, because customers find the 24 hour machine more convenient.

Another example are card lock gas pumps, or even pay at the pump service. My local UFA has gone to zero gas jockies for the former, and the local Coop to one for the latter.

Third. Automated checkouts at Safeway.

Fourth. Kiosks at McD.

It is only inertia that has slowed the general move to machines from labour, but the increased labour costs has now provided the impulse. The ultimate example being assembly lines becoming automated, when unions became exorbitant in demands.
commented 2017-09-08 17:42:29 -0400
Hiking minimum wage is an attack on jobs, and particularly small business, which unions hate. They want AB and Canada to look like Venezuela, and that is where we are headed. After all Rachel has a Che Guevara watch, because he is her hero, and it was on her arm when she was elected and sworn in. She’s a communist, and hates the people, which is why she insults us every chance she gets.
commented 2017-09-08 17:42:13 -0400
The left would prefer the store to have to be called Fiverama.
commented 2017-09-08 17:41:39 -0400
No problem, liberal elites do not shop at dollarama nor do they give a damn about people having jobs , it is all about their own inflated egos and how good they feel virtue signalling form ivory towers as they create dependent slaves of the state. Of course they live like kings and hog all he money they can get at the same time all while demonizing capitalism.
commented 2017-09-08 17:20:47 -0400
In order to maintain their low prices, it only makes sense to come up with an alternative to a $15.00 per hour minimum wage. Once a few businesses do this, more will follow.
commented 2017-09-08 17:17:06 -0400
Asshole liberal government are stupid asswipes…machines don’t pay taxes.
commented 2017-09-08 16:55:38 -0400
Why do you think they are legalising marijuana for? it keeps the sheep’s calm!