Whole Foods employs marketing staff, including graphic designers, who work in each of its stores as well as in 11 regional offices. The company told those employees that many would lose their jobs in July. Whole Foods, now owned by Amazon , has been centralizing several roles in a…
- Whole Foods employs marketing staff, including graphic designers, who work in each of its stores as well as in 11 regional offices.
- The company told those employees that many would lose their jobs in July.
- Whole Foods, now owned by Amazon, has been centralizing several roles in a push to cut costs. The moves have at times bothered employees, customers, and suppliers.
Whole Foods is slashing regional and in-store marketing and graphic-design jobs in its latest push to centralize operations, people with knowledge of the matter told Business Insider.
The company employs graphic designers who create signage used in the stores to highlight local products and prices. The positions, along with several corporate marketing roles, are being eliminated, the people said, asking not to be identified. Some employees were told they'd have until July 2 and would continue to receive benefits until the end of that month.
It's not clear exactly how many jobs will be affected, but the company operates about 450 stores and 11 regional offices in the US. About 10 positions will be eliminated from each regional office, one person said.
Employees were told that the rationale for the move was that Whole Foods wanted to "centralize" some jobs and have regional and global teams handle those that can be done outside the store.
In-store marketing staff and regional marketing coordinators will have to reinterview for jobs at the regional office, employees were told on a conference call on Thursday.
A profile on Whole Foods' website of one of the graphic designers describes the role this way: "We create a variety of hand-drawn chalkboards that help define many Whole Foods Market stores. And my title means many things, but essentially I'm responsible for those chalkboards as well as the accuracy of item/pricing signage, maintenance of the associated databases and the creation, upkeep, and distribution of all advertising and in-store marketing collateral."
Whole Foods didn't reply to requests for comment on the moves.
The company, which was acquired by Amazon last year, has been moving away from its localized approach in the past year, shifting other roles to its Austin headquarters and changing its supply chain and inventory methods to cut costs.
Those moves have at times angered some employees, suppliers, and customers, leaving stores without inventory or conflicting with the "local" ethos Whole Foods has come to be known for.
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