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Could Amazon’s deal with Whole Foods be the beginning of the end for retail workers?

Amazon’s embrace of brick-and-mortar stores with its purchase of Whole Foods Markets WFM, +29.10% could increase automation in the retail sector — and workers should take note.

As of now, Amazon’s AMZN, +2.44% intentions when it comes to Whole Foods remain to be seen. But recently the e-commerce giant has been toying with different brick-and-mortar concepts. Just last month, Amazon opened its first store in New York City, called Amazon Books. And near its Seattle headquarters, Amazon has introduced a number of different takes on traditional retail stores, including drive-up grocery stores.

The idea that Amazon could use Whole Foods as a platform to fuel automation in retail should be a scary one to retail workers.

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