Thursday August 25th, 2011

The main subject on the news tonight in France was the increase of the unemployment rate for the month of July.

Seriously? I’m no expert but from what I have seen so far I can see several areas that can use employees, and I’ll tell you about them.

The first one I have mentioned to you already before it’s the delivery and mounting of furniture. Instead of renting the van to customers and have them mount their own purchases, why not hire someone to do this for them? Of course it costs more, but I’m sure a solution can be found for this extra cost.

Another example is at the supermarket. I don’t know if you have this in the countries where you’re living, but in Lebanon we don’t. In France it’s called “Libre Service”, or free service in English. You go in, you get your caddy and get a small portable barcode reader. As you move in the supermarket, just pass the items on the machine in your hand and put them in the caddy. Before leaving, just pass the machine on a computer and it will print you your receipt! Where is the employee on the cash register? Gone! Replaced by 2 machines in this case instead of one! You don’t have to go through this procedure of course, you can still follow the traditional method and to the employee, but this whole method has minimized the number of workers need by the company. Other places also don’t have the small barcode reader, but you can still go enter your items yourself to the machine; so in here as well the number of employees has decreased.

I’m not saying that Lebanon is the perfect example to look at (we have statistics related to unemployment but nobody looks at them), but if French people are so concerned by this number, it’s time they start looking for leaks.

On a more personal note, we went home last night and finished mounting the things we bought last week. I’m not going to post anymore pictures for now until we finish furnishing the whole house and move to it 🙂 my only concern right now is how I’m going to live in the big apartment in Lebanon when we go back now that I have experienced the advantages of a small home :S

See you tomorrow!

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