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  • Furious Whole Foods Suppliers Slam "Hellacious" New Policies

    02/13/2018 8:22:53 PM PST · by zeestephen · 47 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 13 February 2018 | Hayley Peterson
    Whole Foods is changing the way it does business with suppliers, and some local and regional brands say it's having a crippling impact on their business. [Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com bought Whole Foods 5 months ago, but the words "Bezos" and "Amazon" never appear in the article!]
  • ‘I wake up ... from nightmares:’ Why Whole Foods workers are hating life

    02/05/2018 2:42:34 PM PST · by Red Badger · 103 replies
    www.miamiherald.com ^ | February 05, 2018 12:16 PM | By Madeleine Marr
    You think your job is a grind? Try working at Whole Foods, which is apparently a pretty tough place to clock in every day. “I wake up in the middle of the night from nightmares,” an anonymous staffer told Business Insider, which spoke to 27 current and former workers. “The stress has created such a tense working environment. Seeing someone cry at work is becoming normal.” Crying? There’s no crying in supermarkets! Seriously: What’s the problem? Seems the Austin, Texas-based chain, which was bought by Amazon last summer, has initiated a new inventory system called order to shelf (OTS) that...
  • Whole Foods New Employee Regime is Making Workers 'Cry': Store Implements Random Quizzing [Trunc]

    02/02/2018 11:49:41 AM PST · by Cecily · 67 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | February 2, 2018 | Abigail Miller
    Whole Foods has implemented a strict new inventory management system that includes bi-weekly walk-throughs and random quizzing of employees, and has left many workers feeling stressed out and punished. The new system is called order-to-shelf (OTS) and has a strict set of procedures for purchasing, displaying and storing products on store shelves and in back rooms that is supposed to make stores more efficient and cut down on waste. And to make sure stores are following the new procedures - stores are required to use 'scorecards' to evaluate each employees performance, according to Business Insider.
  • Pictures show empty shelves at Whole Foods stores across the country, thanks to their new policy

    01/19/2018 6:17:46 AM PST · by grundle · 157 replies
    wordpress ^ | January 19, 2018 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Pictures show empty shelves at Whole Foods stores across the country, thanks to their new policy Whole Foods used to keep a large amount of extra stock in back rooms and freezers so it could restock its shelves as soon as merchandise was sold (which pretty much all supermarkets do). However, according to Business Insider, the chain has recently gotten rid of that policy, and replaced it with a new policy that transfers items directly from delivery trucks to store shelves. This is causing many store shelves to be empty.This new policy was started prior to the chain’s recent purchase by...
  • Whole Foods to hire 6,000

    10/27/2017 12:34:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Produce Retailer ^ | October 27, 2017 | Pamela Riemenschneider
    Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market Inc. turned to social media to recruit 6,000 new store employees. The company is having a National Hiring Day on Nov. 2., encouraging prospective employees to show up casual, prepared to interview. Whole Foods says people who show up have “the possibility for on-the-spot job offers.” The company launched a website, joinwfm.com, with FAQs for prospective employees, where they can fill out a pre-hiring day application to streamline the process.
  • Amazon's Whole Foods is stealing customers from everybody

    10/09/2017 5:00:10 AM PDT · by be-baw · 86 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | OCTOBER 9, 2017 | JONATHAN BERR
    Consumers flocked to Whole Foods in droves after the organic grocery chain slashed prices by as much as 43 percent after its $13.7 billion sale to Amazon (AMZN), according to an analysis of mobile phone location data by research firm Thasos Group. (snip) Seattle-based Amazon gained customers at the expense of its rivals in the cutthroat grocery market. According to Thasos, nearly 25 percent of the new Whole Foods customers came from Walmart (WMT), the largest U.S. seller of groceries. Another 16 percent came from Kroger (KR), the No. 1 operator of conventional supermarkets and 15 percent came from warehouse...
  • Here's What's Already Cheaper at Whole Foods after the Amazon Deal

    08/30/2017 6:48:26 AM PDT · by dware · 60 replies
    Vice.com ^ | 08.29.2017 | Hilary Pollack
    In case you were wondering how long it would take before you'd start seeing results of Amazon's recently approved acquisition of Whole Foods, the answer is "like, right now." In addition the uniquely meaty merger of visual branding seen above—a photo caught at an LA-area Whole Foods location by USA Today's Los Angeles bureau chief Chris Woodyard—prices are already starting to drop on many of Whole Foods' most popular items.
  • Amazon’s takeover of Whole Foods begins Monday — and you’ll see lower prices right away

    08/24/2017 11:45:40 AM PDT · by be-baw · 75 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 24, 2017 | Abha Bhattarai
    Amazon’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods Market will be finalized Monday, and shoppers will see an immediate markdown in prices on a number of items, including salmon, avocados, baby kale and almond butter.
  • Amazon jobs grow from 700 to 1,000 ($15 to $33 hr. in Maryland)

    07/23/2017 4:00:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Cecil Whig ^ | July 23, 2017 | Brad Kroner
    NORTH EAST — The Amazon fulfillment center in Principio Business Park originally projected to hire 700 people, but the company recently expanded its job openings to 1,000, according to recruiters manning the company’s tent at the Cecil County Fair. The growth occurs as the company expands its offerings. Last month, the e-commerce giant bought the Whole Foods company. Wages for fulfillment positions will range from $15 to $33 an hour, based on experience and performance. Chris Moyer, county director of economic development, and Bruce England, executive director of the Susquehanna Workforce Network, first confirmed the news at a Republican Club...
  • It's time to break up Amazon

    06/20/2017 3:38:34 PM PDT · by MrExplorer70 · 58 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 06/19/2017 | Douglas Rushkoff
    “Amazon just bought Whole Foods,” my friend texted me seconds after the announcement of the proposed acquisition. “It’s over. The world.” This unease is widespread, and has raised new calls for breaking up Jeff Bezos’s impending monopoly by force. Surely the company, which now generates 30% of all online and offline retail sales growth in the United States, and already controls 40% of internet cloud services, has reached too far. The 3% hike in Amazon’s share price since the announcement—which would alone more than pay for the acquisition—may attest less to the deal’s appropriateness than to investors’ growing fear that...
  • It’s Time To Break Up Amazon

    06/20/2017 6:59:59 AM PDT · by Callahan · 179 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 6/20/17 | Douglas Rushkoff
    “Amazon just bought Whole Foods,” my friend texted me seconds after the announcement of the proposed acquisition. “It’s over. The world.” This unease is widespread, and has raised new calls for breaking up Jeff Bezos’s impending monopoly by force. Surely the company, which now generates 30% of all online and offline retail sales growth in the United States, and already controls 40% of internet cloud services, has reached too far. The 3% hike in Amazon’s share price since the announcement—which would alone more than pay for the acquisition—may attest less to the deal’s appropriateness than to investors’ growing fear that...
  • Amazon may replace cashiers at Whole Foods with a new automated payment system [tr]

    06/20/2017 5:58:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 79 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 20, 2017 | Jessica Chia
    Amazon is looking to reduce costs at Whole Foods with a new automated checkout system that would render thousands of cashiers redundant, it has been reported. Carmen Clark, 37, an employee at the Mount Pleasant Whole Foods, said, 'Everybody's been kind of joking that it's going to be robots and drones,' after the Amazon bought the grocery chain for $13.7 billion. It turns out Clark wasn't that far off, since Amazon is trying to reduce prices by replacing cashiers with a new mobile payment system, according to a person familiar with the company's plans who spoke to Bloomberg. But Amazon...
  • Amazon Eats Up Whole Foods as the New Masters of the Universe Plunder America

    06/19/2017 5:50:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | June 19, 2017 | Joel Kotkin
    With his $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made clear his determination to dominate every facet of mass retailing, likely at the cost of massive layoffs in the $800 billion supermarket sector. But this, if anything, understates the ambitions of America’s new ruling class, almost entirely based in San Francisco and Seattle, as it moves to take over industries from entertainment and transportation to energy and space exploration that once thrived and competed outside the reach of the oligarchy.
  • The Everything Store Expands

    06/17/2017 3:13:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Wired ^ | June 17, 2017 | Zachary Karabell
    News that Amazon intends to buy Whole Foods Market for more than $13 billion was greeted jubilantly by financial markets, with Amazon’s stock rising 2.5 percent, almost enough to cover the entire purchase. At the same time, the shares of other grocery retailers, ranging from Kroger’s to Walmart, were punished severely, plunging as much as nine percent. That mixed reaction—riches for Amazon and excitement from consumers, amidst the decimation of an entire sector of the economy—proves the company’s power. The move takes it one step closer towards founder Jeff Bezos’ long-held ambition of becoming the “world’s store,” and it is...
  • Amazon buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion

    06/16/2017 7:45:59 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 50 replies
    CBS News ^ | 16 June 2017 | Ivanova, I & Harding, J.
    Amazon is buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, the companies said Friday. The deal values the grocer at $42 a share, a 27% premium to its closing price Thursday. Whole Foods (WFM) had been under pressure from investor Jana Partners, a hedge fund that lobbied for the high-end grocer to seek a buyer to reverse declining share price. Shares had been trading at about $33 Thursday; trading was halted Friday morning on the news.
  • ‘I feel really dumb,’ says mother arrested in Short Pump bomb scare

    05/21/2017 12:06:40 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    WTVR -- CBS Channel 9 ^ | 5-21-17 | Brendan King
    Police, fire, and Hazmat crews responded to the Whole Foods parking lot in Short Pump 5:05 p.m. Friday after a report of a "suspicious device" inside a vehicle. Police said they received a call from someone who said they spotted what they believed to be a bomb inside a red Mercedes station wagon in the parking lot at 11173 West Broad Street. "I picked it up and thought, 'Haha, this is funny. My daughter’s birthday is coming up she might find this amusing," Page explained. Page said she put the clock in a box in the backseat of her car with...
  • 365 by Whole Foods price comparison with the original Whole Foods and HEB

    04/28/2017 11:25:47 AM PDT · by bgill · 19 replies
    keyetv ^ | April 27, 2017 | Bettie Cross
    The competition for your grocery dollars is fierce. Whole Foods just opened a new cheaper grocery chain called 365 by Whole Foods...We found the 365 by Whole Foods store brand is consistently cheaper at the 365 store...When we checked out our groceries at Whole Foods 365 the average cost savings was 10 to 15 percent over Whole Foods Market...A scan of each item on Wednesday, April 26 gave us a grand total of $12.19 at HEB. Similar items at 365 by Whole Foods totaled $15.65. A difference of $3.46.
  • Industry Analysts: Whole Foods Traffic Declines Are ‘Staggering’ (Kroger picking up)

    03/28/2017 2:20:32 PM PDT · by drewh · 100 replies
    Grub Street ^ | March 28, 2017 | By Clint Rainey
    New market data has somehow managed to make Whole Foods’ beleaguered lot look even worse. On top of reports last week that rival Albertsons was sniffing around Sprouts Farmers Market, an upstart organic grocer and wellness store whose prices are about 19 percent cheaper on average than Whole Foods, there are now some new numbers suggesting the high-end grocery chain is also still hemorrhaging shoppers. Foot traffic has dipped once again, Barclays analysts note, straight-up describing the magnitude this time as “staggering.” Technically, it’s 3 percent, which can make “staggering” seem a little far-fetched — until you consider it translates...
  • Lawsuit: Whole Foods managers were fired for whistleblowing

    12/27/2016 11:51:24 AM PST · by bgill · 14 replies
    keyetv ^ | Dec. 27, 2016 | Ben Nuckols
    Nine managers who were fired by Whole Foods supermarkets for allegedly manipulating a bonus program have filed a class-action lawsuit against the grocery chain. The lawsuit filed this week in D.C. Superior Court says the managers were fired for blowing the whistle on a company-wide practice of not paying bonuses earned by employees. The former managers say Whole Foods engaged in "systemic wage theft" at its stores nationwide and that the managers were punished for it after a "sham internal investigation."
  • Gay pastor admits he faked homophobic slur on Whole Foods cake [GAY HOAX]

    05/16/2016 8:05:28 PM PDT · by Enchante · 98 replies
    WaPo ^ | May 16, 2016 | Julie Zauzmer
    An openly gay pastor who claimed that a grocery store bakery wrote a homophobic message on his cake has dropped his lawsuit against Whole Foods, claiming he made up the story, according to news reports.