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Business leaders need only look to retail giants that have already implemented automation to see its effects in action. With the rise of self-checkout terminals now present at many large retailers, these stores can reduce the number of workers or redeploy them to other functions. Some retailers are even beginning to explore human- less stores. Amazon, for example, recently established Amazon Go beta convenience stores, in which shoppers access the store through the Amazon app and are automatically charged moments after removing items from the shelves and placing them in their baskets. As more and more retailers and restaurants opt for digital interfaces over human interaction, women will be the hardest hit. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 73.7 percent of all cashier positions are held by women. But it isn't just the working class that will be hardest hit by automation. Another recent WEF study shows that it's office and administrative job growth — not blue collar job growth — that is declining fastest due to automation. jobs lost vs jobs gained 73.7% of all cashier positions are held by women -4,759 office and administrative +492 business and financial operations +416 management -1,609 manufacturing and production +405 computer and mathematical -497 construction and extraction +303 sales and related -109 legal +66 education and training -40 intallation and maintenance +339 architecture and engineering -151 arts, design, entertainment, sports and media source: World Economic Forum

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