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  •  But Simply Saying It Doesn't Make It So (2+ / 0-)
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    Bush Bites, chuckvw

    But the cost is relative.  It might be cheap for one situation, such as that related to producing a consumer production good where the products come out of a limited number of facilities around the globe all controlled by a well-financed corporation.  Cheap might mean something else to a franchisee whose finances are totally different.  That's especially true when most of the various stores are of different size and fitting, which means that all of that automation needs to be specially designed and engineered for each and every store.  The relative costs change when a business is looking at four plants to cover the globe versus four to supply a mid-sized town.

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    by PrahaPartizan on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 05:27:14 PM PDT

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    •  Then you have maintenance costs. (0+ / 0-)

      And it's not like the place is going to be stocking itself.

      So, what do you gain? The cost of a couple burger flippers?

      Not much ROI.

    •  It is obviously not simple but, (0+ / 0-)

      technology has maintained a pervasive trajectory of increasing capacity while decreasing costs. The fast food industry has already demonstrated the ability to mechanize production and employ assembly line techniques. The franchise mechanism has worked because by doing it absolutely according to standard proceedure, the materials and equipment become interchangeable. It becomes more profitable and much less of a risk that opening your own restaurant from scratch. Automation adopted in this paradigm woul derive considerable benefit from economies of scale.  

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