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Default McDonald’s acquires A.I. company to help automate the drive-thru, its third tech deal

McDonald's has been paying attention to the drive for raising the minimum wage by government mandate.

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it has agreed to acquire a company that is trying to automate the drive-thru. It’s the fast-food giant’s third tech-focused deal this year.
Inflating employee costs has implications the advocates of the so-called living wage will never admit.

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Apprente, a Silicon Valley company founded in 2017, uses artificial intelligence to understand drive-thru orders, which could cut down on service times. McDonald’s said the technology also could be used someday in its self-order kiosks and mobile app.

Apprente’s employees will be the founding members of a group called McD Tech Labs, which will be housed within McDonald’s global technology team. The burger chain wants to grow its presence in Silicon Valley by hiring more tech experts, including engineers and data scientists.

Apprente’s employees will be the founding members of a group called McD Tech Labs, which will be housed within McDonald’s global technology team. The burger chain wants to grow its presence in Silicon Valley by hiring more tech experts, including engineers and data scientists.
Oh but wait, raising the minimum wage won't hurt employees, employers like McDonald's will have no choice to comply.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/10/mcdo...rive-thru.html
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:43 AM
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That looks like a solution to a problem that doesn'r exist. I can't remember when fast food eating was made mandatory. The government really needs to put a cork in the running of the economy.
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I remember reading about McDonald's working on automation that would essentially run an entire restaurant a few years ago as the minimum wage rhetoric was ramping up. This is something that the left does not seem to understand. Increasing minimum wage will do nothing to hurt the big chains like McDonald's but will drastically hurt mom and pop shops that cannot afford such automation. It's no wonder places like Walmart are voluntarily raising the min wage to drive out the competition.

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Most automation is employed best by replacing low skill activity. Unskilled labor is easily replaced by simple, low cost automation. Burger King replaced the fry cook with a simple conveyor belt over a gas burner in the 1960's. One person could cook three times as many burgers in the same time and space as a standard grill. Not only was it cheaper, they got a better, more consistent burger.

It is cheaper to buy automation, including whole tech companies, than pay a minimum wage of $15.00 an hour for un-skilled labor. $15.00 an hour for the lowest grade worker is actually $19.50 per hour with all employer required costs added. That's a $ 40,560.00 annual salary.

A $150,000 Kiosk will replace three or four people and pay for itself the first year. So mandating a high entry level salary doesn't pay a living wage. It actually forces automation and job loss.

I have always maintained that Bernie's busllsh!t will cause the loss of job opportunities for the unskilled entry level work force. Here is the proof.
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I remember reading about McDonald's working on automation that would essentially run an entire restaurant a few years ago as the minimum wage rhetoric was ramping up. This is something that the left does not seem to understand. Increasing minimum wage will do nothing to hurt the big chains like McDonald's but will drastically hurt mom and pop shops that cannot afford such automation. It's no wonder places like Walmart are voluntarily raising the min wage to drive out the competition.

A message to the left: Be careful what you wish for.
I have always understood that regulation HELPS large corporations and HURTS the mom & pop shops...

Let's say a new regulation will cost $250,000 per an industry's location...

A huge corporation with 400 locations will have to chalk up $100,000,000 while small chains with 4 locations will have to chalk up $1,000,000...

BUT!!!!!!…

Some of those small chains don't have the capital to take such a hit and end up going out of business...

That leaves MORE business for the huge corporations...and THAT extra business will, eventually, offset that big hit they took when the regulation went into place...so in a few years, the corporation will end up BENFITTING from the regulation that destroyed the smaller companies and gave the corporations less competition...
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I have always understood that regulation HELPS large corporations and HURTS the mom & pop shops...

Let's say a new regulation will cost $250,000 per an industry's location...

A huge corporation with 400 locations will have to chalk up $100,000,000 while small chains with 4 locations will have to chalk up $1,000,000...

BUT!!!!!!…

Some of those small chains don't have the capital to take such a hit and end up going out of business...

That leaves MORE business for the huge corporations...and THAT extra business will, eventually, offset that big hit they took when the regulation went into place...so in a few years, the corporation will end up BENFITTING from the regulation that destroyed the smaller companies and gave the corporations less competition...
Exactly! These onerous regulations effectively work to kill off small business in favor of the large corporations that the left claims to hate. Yet they do everything they can to prop them up. I believe that they either don't understand the dynamics that come into play or are being supported via campaign donations from these same corps.
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Exactly! These onerous regulations effectively work to kill off small business in favor of the large corporations that the left claims to hate. Yet they do everything they can to prop them up. I believe that they either don't understand the dynamics that come into play or are being supported via campaign donations from these same corps.
The latter...
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I have always understood that regulation HELPS large corporations and HURTS the mom & pop shops...

Let's say a new regulation will cost $250,000 per an industry's location...

A huge corporation with 400 locations will have to chalk up $100,000,000 while small chains with 4 locations will have to chalk up $1,000,000...

BUT!!!!!!…

Some of those small chains don't have the capital to take such a hit and end up going out of business...

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Don't worry about this redd.....

Mexico is going to pay for everything......

Believe me again.....
I see you aren't able to contribute the the debate in this thread.
Does the truth hurt or do you have to go elsewhere to get your talking points?
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McDonald's has been paying attention to the drive for raising the minimum wage by government mandate.


Inflating employee costs has implications the advocates of the so-called living wage will never admit.



Oh but wait, raising the minimum wage won't hurt employees, employers like McDonald's will have no choice to comply.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/10/mcdo...rive-thru.html
So are people trying to say that if technology got cheaper than paying the CURRENT minimum wage employees, that McDonald's would NOT look at automation?
How low should wages go to compete with new low cost tech? $5 an hour 1$?

Technology has implication for various employment areas, no matter what the pay.

Also, do folks consider what's the cost is to the the country when companies pay large number of workers less than a living wage?
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