Power of Story Send a Tweet        
- Advertisement -

Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 2 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 1 (3 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   2 comments
OpEdNews Op Eds

1984 at the Grocery Store

By       Message Jim Hightower       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags  Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 3   News 2   Valuable 2  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H2 7/14/17

Author 8272
Become a Fan
  (36 fans)

From Other Words

- Advertisement -

Amazon is buying Whole Foods, and that's bad news for humans.

From youtube.com: Why Amazon is buying Whole Foods {MID-141625}
Why Amazon is buying Whole Foods
(Image by YouTube, Channel: CNNMoney)
  Permission   Details   DMCA

Wall Street analysts tell us that Amazon's $14 billion buyout of Whole Foods isn't only a win-win for both of them, but also for consumers, for Amazon intends to lower the organic grocer's prices.

- Advertisement -

Really? Yes, they say, because Amazon will use its amazing computer-driven tactics to cut Whole Foods' cost of selling groceries.

But Amazon's robotic "efficiency" is achieved by cutting people. It ruthlessly squeezes suppliers, for example, demanding that they give bankruptcy-level wholesale prices to the retail colossus.

That means that small organic farmers and food artisans are destined to be squeezed out of Whole Foods, displaced by deep-pocket, global food makers who are willing to cut corners on quality and the environment in order to get on Amazon's new grocery shelves.

- Advertisement -

Next on the chopping block is Whole Foods' helpful and friendly work force. Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO, doesn't view workers as assets, but as costs. So to jack up the grocery chain's profits, he'll cut those "costs" -- aka, people.

He's already testing a store concept that has no cashiers to interfere with your shopping "experience." It uses computer sensors to take your money electronically, instead of paying bothersome humans to do the job of checking you out and -- God forbid -- conversing with you.

Oh, another plus of connecting us to the corporate computers is that they'll track and record our every move and every purchase, building a detailed personal profile on each of us in order to... well, to do what? And why?

According to the calendar, we're living in 2017. But the Brave New Future of Amazon's electronic, robotic Whole Foods Market tells us we're living in the corporatized version of 1984, where human needs for jobs and personal relationships are subverted to the corporate love of automation and avaricious profits.

 

- Advertisement -

Must Read 3   News 2   Valuable 2  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Jim Hightower is an American populist, spreading his message of democratic hope via national radio commentaries, columns, books, his award-winning monthly newsletter (The Hightower Lowdown) and barnstorming tours all across America.

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is not about free trade. It's a corporate coup d'etat -- against us!

The Post Office is not broke -- and it hasn't taken any of our tax money since 1971

The plutocrats who bankrolled the GOP primaries -- and what they want in return

Citizens United Against Citizens United: A Grassroots Campaign to Restore Democracy

The Audacity of Greed

The Trans-Pacific Trade Scam