Amazon opened a grocery store last year in Seattle that allows customers to buy food without talking to anyone. The surveillance-heavy building’s sensors can detect someone leaving with, say, a carton of milk and bill their Amazon account. Whether Amazon intends to replicate or even approximate that model at Whole Foods is unclear. A representative for Amazon — whose founder and owner, Jeffrey P. Bezos, also owns The Washington Post — said it had no immediate plans for automation. And even if the company sheds in-store employees, a restructuring could involve new hiring elsewhere.
A representative for Whole Foods said no layoffs would come as a result of the merger but did not comment on future employment plans. (A store manager told a Post reporter she could not interview employees at a D.C. location.) Unlike employees at other large grocery chains, Whole Foods workers are not unionized — chief executive John Mackey has said the company is not “anti-union” but “beyond unions” — and the union representing grocery workers said the merger puts those employees at risk. “Amazon’s brutal vision for retail is one where automation replaces good jobs,” Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, said in a statement Friday. “Sadly, the hard-working men and women who work at Whole Foods now face an uncertain future.”"
I hadn't thought of them replacing employees with automation, or that lack of a Union could be a problem or concern, but now it sounds like they might be!!!