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J.C. Penney to Replace Hundreds of Employees With Auto Checkouts?

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/08/11 18:14:01
In the latest attempt to try to save the company from failure, current CEO Ron Johnson has announced plans to replace all checkout employees with radio frequency identification (RFID) and Wi-Fi enabled checkouts by the end of 2013. The use of self checkout and mobile checkouts will supposedly reduce the problem of customers waiting in line and make checking out faster and easier than ever before.

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  • CCRNRT 2012/08/11 18:20:55
    CCRNRT
    +5
    It's a bold gamble . If that is what it takes to survive. Wii probably take years to notice a surplus income. Retail stores are there for the consumer, not necessarily to provide employment.

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  • wildcat 2012/08/12 04:08:11 (edited)
    wildcat
    again, the use of technology to run a business less expensively will lead to more job loses. It is inevitable Americans must retrain as the businesses retool. Education is the answer. There are many jobs available out here in the Wind energy business, one must learn those jobs though.
  • Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪ 2012/08/11 23:19:31
    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
    +2
    Might work, they are prone to software issues shutting them down. Theft prevention would have to increase. Risky
  • CCRNRT Kat ♪ ~... 2012/08/11 23:59:36
    CCRNRT
    +2
    there are issues with them, for sure. I hate to see people lose jobs because of them. JCP is there for ans as always been there for the consumer. How much will the consumer lose if JCP closes...?
  • Kat ♪ ~... CCRNRT 2012/08/12 00:02:54
    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
    +2
    Humans need the jobs, one of the Wal-marts here put in the self-checkouts then shortly thereafter removed them again, they claimed it was due to thefts. We don't have them here but they have been around quite a while and are there for their customers.
  • CCRNRT Kat ♪ ~... 2012/08/12 00:22:30
    CCRNRT
    +2
    I know, our wal-mart does have them, but we have a person at the doors to check bags against receipts. We also have human clerks. I don't necessarily agree with the decision maker, but I do understand it is his job to keep the JCP open. No matter which way he goes, if it's a bad decision, no matter what he decides, he will lose his job.
  • Kat ♪ ~... CCRNRT 2012/08/12 00:24:59
    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
    +2
    True........Ours only checks bags here if the detector at the door goes off or something isn't bagged.....
  • CCRNRT Kat ♪ ~... 2012/08/12 00:42:38
    CCRNRT
    +1
    Our's looks at every receipt looks at the bags, then signs the receipt.
  • Kat ♪ ~... CCRNRT 2012/08/12 00:44:13
    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
    +1
    K-mart does that, Wal-mart is so high volume here it would probably create a mess.
  • CCRNRT Kat ♪ ~... 2012/08/12 00:45:53
    CCRNRT
    +1
    hmmmmmmmm
  • sjalan 2012/08/11 23:17:47
    sjalan
    ONE WORD ANSWER TO THE GODFATHER POLITICS OPINION

    BULLPUCKIE!!!
  • ed 2012/08/11 21:38:50
    ed
    +2
    more jobs lost
  • Fran-Halen 2012/08/11 20:40:32
    Fran-Halen
    +1
    Perhaps, executive salaries should be cut ? related to profitability ?
  • ☆The Rock☆ * AFCL* The Sheriff!!
    +2
    That is very sad..Automation, technology has always have cost jobs but has also opened other opportunties for Americans!
  • Max 2012/08/11 19:58:35
    Max
    +1
    I prefer human checkouts because they can catch errors. With this electronic wizardry, you're left to the mercy of the wizards that have programmed the prices. If they forget to update the 6% discount, you'll get charged the full amount.
  • Transquesta 2012/08/11 19:25:30
    Transquesta
    +2
    It's sad, but a company's gotta do what it must to stay afloat. Besides, every time I've been in JCPenny, the checkout lines have been murderous! This has gotta be more efficient.

    Anyway, one thing's for damned sure: you don't have to pay for the health 'care' expenses of a computer.
  • "OG" 2012/08/11 18:43:11
    "OG"
    +3
    So much for a healthy economy eh ?
  • Kevin Verdone 2012/08/11 18:38:02
    Kevin Verdone
    +1
    Mmmmmm, I can just feel that wealth trickling down on me. Sorry, I just woke up and I'm grumpy. But the only advantage retail stores have over online sites like Amazon is the social interaction with friendly employees. Why go to a store if you'll just be talking to a robot?
  • gizzibag 2012/08/11 18:28:19
    gizzibag
    +1
    lost of more jobs
  • zbacku 2012/08/11 18:25:43
    zbacku
    +2
    I have worked for J.C. Penney. I know Mr. Penney is rolling over in his grave. He built the company to SERVE his customers.
  • westernslope~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/11 18:22:48
    westernslope~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    sure Wal-Mart already does this and many food stores
  • Willy western... 2012/08/11 19:13:15
    Willy
    +1
    You have a choice at Walmart and most people pick the the lane with the checker. They also have humans overseeing the automated lanes.
  • CCRNRT 2012/08/11 18:20:55
    CCRNRT
    +5
    It's a bold gamble . If that is what it takes to survive. Wii probably take years to notice a surplus income. Retail stores are there for the consumer, not necessarily to provide employment.

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