To combat rising labor costs in the fast food industry, Wendy’s is adding 1,000 new robot order takers that will create fewer minimum wage jobs.
The machines are designed to help speed up efficiency during peak hours and to reduce labor costs.
David Trimm, Wendy’s CIO said, “With the demand we are seeing… we can absolutely see our way to having 1,000 or more in restaurants live with kiosks by the end of the year.”
— CESAR MEDINA (@cesarmedinaboss) February 28, 2017
Trimm suggested that a typical Wendy’s location could get three robot kiosks for around $15,000. Trimm went on to estimate that each franchise would see a positive return on the machines in less than two years due to the increased sales and savings to labor costs.
There are some people who want to boycott Wendy’s and the new robot machines.
— Jean-Paul Cassone' (@slick8851) February 28, 2017
If the new robot trend continues in the fast food industry, future minimum wage workers could be paid $15 an hour to fix the robots. That would be ironic wouldn’t it?
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