People are Worried Amazon Will Replace Whole Foods Workers with Robots

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Reprinted from The Washington Post by Danielle Paquette on June 18, 2017.

Whole Foods is known for its human touch: smiling cashiers, bakers offering free samples, baristas pouring kombucha on tap. Amazon is known for replacing stores with Web pages and workers with algorithms.

On Friday, the companies got engaged: Amazon announced plans to purchase the upscale grocery chain in a deal valued at $13.7 billion.

Now, at a time when retail jobs are already in free fall, worker advocates worry that many of Whole Foods’ 90,000 employees may be next.

The Washington Post 6/18

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