The rapid expansion of discounters Aldi and Lidl — whose share of the grocery market has rocketed from less than 4 percent a decade ago to nearly 13 percent today — has hit all traditional supermarkets. But the industry’s biggest fear is Amazon.
The big Japanese akita dog is stopped in his tracks by the box on wheels, unsure whether it is an equal to be greeted or another south London surface to be marked. His owner, hot on his heels, is just as surprised when he rounds the corner.
First they took the factory jobs; next, robots are expected to replace mortgage brokers, paralegals, and accountants. It has always been assumed, however, that jobs requiring human interaction would remain safe.