It’s not hard to see why–as liberals continue to push for a $15 minimum wage, which critics say could destroy entry-level jobs like those currently being offered by McDonald’s.
In order to automate each location, they plan to roll out self-order kiosks to 1,000 new locations every quarter over the next two years. As of March, kiosks are in 3,500 U.S. locations–roughly one-in-four.
The automation would be a boon to McDonald’s bottom line: according to figures, payroll and benefits consumes nearly a third of McDonald’s revenue. By automating a large portion of its workforce, McDonald’s would be able to save millions of dollars each year.
But McDonald’s isn’t alone in pushing their fast food restaurant into the future.
Restaurants like Wendy’s and Subway are also moving forward with their own plans to automate ordering–seemingly in response to the push for higher minimum wages.