The memo shows Whole Foods is cutting hundreds of corporate jobs

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April 21, 2023 | 10:47 a.m

The Amazon-owned grocer told employees in a note Thursday that Whole Foods is cutting several hundred corporate jobs over the next two months.

The cuts come as the high-end market realigns its global and regional support teams from nine to six regions, according to the memo.

“As we streamline processes and improve the way we work, we will be able to respond quickly to evolving business needs, focus more on our most impactful work, and invest in new ways to serve all stakeholders,” the memo said.

She added that warehouse and warehouse workers will not be part of the downsizing and no stores will be closed.

The layoffs will affect less than 0.5% of Whole Foods’ 105,000 employees, according to the Wall Street Journal. a report.

There are more than 500 stores and the company still plans to open 50 more, according to the report.

Amazon cut other portions of its grocery operations earlier this year.

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy has halted expansion plans for the Fresh supermarket chain, while also closing some cashless Fresh and Go locations.

Whole Foods, based in Austin, Texas, has also streamlined its operations — making more purchases as a group rather than in separate areas and stores — since it was acquired by Amazon in 2017 for $13.7 billion.

Whole Foods Said In A Note To Employees That It Is Cutting Hundreds Of Corporate Jobs Over The Next Two Months.
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As part of the change, three regional presidents will leave Whole Foods, a spokesperson told the newspaper.

The company did not immediately respond to comment.

Whole Foods is the latest retailer to announce layoffs as companies brace for a dreaded recession and sluggish sales.

The Company Does Not Close Stores Or Lay Off Hourly Warehouse And Warehouse Workers.
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Amazon Acquired Whole Foods In 2017 For $13 Billion.
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Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, has cut hundreds of corporate jobs, while McDonald’s has fired hundreds of employees in corporate offices, cut salaries and benefits for others and closed field offices as part of a reorganization.

In March, Amazon said it would lay off 9,000 workers, just weeks after it announced a massive job cut of 18,000.

Last fall, Amazon said it would lay off 6% of its 300,000-company workforce — the largest cull in its 30-year history.

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