Zume is tackling the supply-demand mismatch. When you call a mom and pop store and are told "we're backed up — it'll take an hour," you hang up and it loses your business. Because Zume is run mostly by robots, it doesn't have that problem. Off-peak or during crazy, crazy peak times, those bots are there.
"No other pizza operator can actually dynamically adjust their delivery fleet to accommodate that level of demand," Collins says.
There are some jobs that are hard to automate, but fewer all the time. When laid off in '03, the first thing we did was enlarge our back yard garden.
If we get a year with heavy grasshopper population, I'll try getting the city council to allow at least a few hen chickens inside town and use the trick of building the chicken run around the outside of the garden