Supermarkets winning wages battle with self-serve checkouts

 In Aldi, Australia, Coles, Metcash/IGA, NewZealand, Woolworths
Self-serve checkouts, automated ordering and shelf-ready packaging have helped supermarkets and grocery retailers reduce their annual wages burden to the lowest level since 2004, new figures show.
The wages bill for retailers and wholesaler including Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and Metcash is estimated to rise 1.5 per cent to a record $8.3 billion in 2015/16, according to IBISWorld data.
However, sales are rising at a faster rate. Wages as a portion of revenues are forecast to fall to 9.5 per cent this year – the lowest since 2004 – compared with 9.6 per cent in 2014/15 and a peak of 10.4 per cent in 2011/12. Sydney Morning Herald – Read more…

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