Automation is certainly nothing new here along the SouthCoast. Automated gadgetry has been replacing humans in performing menial tasks for years, but the transition to an even greater reliance on automation is quickening, and there are several reasons why.
Before the pandemic, minimally-skilled workers in Massachusetts and elsewhere began demanding increased wages and benefits. Those demands and new government regulations, staggering utility costs, and other financial burdens facing employers resulted in new forms of automation.
The cost of doing business in Massachusetts was cutting too deeply into the profit margin. Something had to give.SouthCoasters have been pumping their gasoline for years. […]