Why Amazon wants a $15 Federal minimum wage-to crush its competition

As Amazon lobbies for a higher minimum wage, experts say that the company is not making the decision solely out of the goodness of Jeff Bezos’ heart. Source: Amazon’s $15 minimum wage push is a strategic business decision Corporations have long used government regulation to harm competitors while benefiting themselves. It is also known as … Continue reading Why Amazon wants a $15 Federal minimum wage-to crush its competition

Increasing minimum wage leading to more automation

If workers can keep their jobs, they’ll enjoy higher wages. But rising labor costs are pushing employers toward robots. Source: California’s $15 minimum wage may mean more automated jobs | The Sacramento Bee Automation has been coming and is coming, regardless of minimum wage hikes. However, large mandated wage hikes encourage rapid adoption of automation. … Continue reading Increasing minimum wage leading to more automation

San Diego’s minimum wage experiment accelerating adoption of automation

San Diego raised its minimum wage very rapidly. Data suggests that while the wage hike benefits those with minimum wage jobs, it is also rapidly eliminating low wage jobs all together. Read the entire (and long) story for the details. This blog has long noted that while automation is going to happen regardless, rapid minimum … Continue reading San Diego’s minimum wage experiment accelerating adoption of automation

Masks here to stay, UW health sciences professor says

Face masks forever! MADISON, Wis. – Masks might not be mandatory in most places anymore, but experts predict masks will be a staple in society going forward. According to Ajay Sethi, associate professor of population health sciences and faculty director of the Master of Public Health program at the UW School of Medicine and Public … Continue reading Masks here to stay, UW health sciences professor says

Fast-food industry accelerates use of automation as wages go higher

I have written about this trend on many occasions for several years: Source: Former McDonald’s CEO warns $15 minimum wage directly contributing to fast-food industry’s automation push | Fox Business Automation was always going to happen – but the push for higher minimum wages accelerates that trend. We’ve seen the trend in self service fill-your-own-drinks, … Continue reading Fast-food industry accelerates use of automation as wages go higher

So other than that, lockdowns were an overwhelming success, right?

In 1915, chemistry lost its innocence when mustard gas poisoned British troops in Ypres, Belgium. Physics lost its innocence in 1945 amongst the radioactive rubble of Hiroshima, Japan. Public health lost its innocence in March 2020 when the world adopted lockdowns as a primary tool to control the COVID-19 pandemic. The idea of lockdown was … Continue reading So other than that, lockdowns were an overwhelming success, right?

Steak ‘n Shake ending table and order service, replacing with self serve kiosks

As far back as 2016, I wrote that many restaurants, especially fast food, would replace wait staff with self service kiosks and app-based ordering as a way to save on labor costs. And they have and post-pandemic, self service may become standard: Ordering a meal at Steak ‘n Shake is about to look a little … Continue reading Steak ‘n Shake ending table and order service, replacing with self serve kiosks

Postive daily test results up slightly, but more tests were reported

Last summer, when I did the analysis, 2/3ds of the increase in positive test results in my state was due to a ramp up in number of tests given. This chart from the Covid Tracking Project shows a slight uptick in positive test results but also an increase in total tests given. In some areas, … Continue reading Postive daily test results up slightly, but more tests were reported

More good news: Covid-19 Cases, hospitalizations continue to drop

Overall cases nationwide continue to drop are the currently daily high (133k) is less than half of the peak (over 300K). Click on the image to see full size – then you can see the 133k daily peak line at right edge. The 7-day moving average red line is, by definition, a lagging indicator that … Continue reading More good news: Covid-19 Cases, hospitalizations continue to drop