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·         Kroger slashes management jobs nationwide

·         Kroger to lay off hundreds, as questions about its turnaround plan linger

 

 

Kroger slashes management jobs nationwide

 

By Jennifer Edwards Baker, WXIX (OH)

October 3, 2019

 

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Kroger is slashing jobs nationwide.

 

Store officials did not say how many people were out of work in our area or nationally.

 

A Kroger spokesperson instead provided the following statement indicating all divisions are taking a close look at management positions.

 

“Store operating divisions are constantly evolving to ensure they build the teams and leaders who will deliver an amazing experience for customers and associates both now and in the future. As part of ongoing talent management, many store operating divisions are evaluating middle management roles and team structures with an eye toward keeping resources close to the customer.

 

"Store divisions operate independently but all of them are taking steps to ensure they have the right talent in the right store leadership positions. Beyond that we generally do not comment on personnel matters related to the Kroger family of companies.”

 

Earlier Wednesday, when we checked with a Kroger spokeswoman at the company’s headquarters in Cincinnati regarding layoffs, we received this response:

 

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Kroger to lay off hundreds, as questions about its turnaround plan linger

 

·         Kroger is laying off hundreds of employees across the family of grocery stores it owns, a person familiar with the situation tells CNBC.

·         In September, CEO Officer Rodney McMullen told analysts Kroger would not be  “reconfirming” its expectation it would add $400 million in  incremental operating profit as part of a restructuring plan it calls “Restock Kroger.”

·         Kroger is not the first grocer to reconsider middle management as it looks to fight automated rivals, like Amazon.

 

Lauren Hirsch, CNBC  

Oct 2 2019

 

Kroger is laying off hundreds of employees across the family of grocery stores it owns, a person familiar with the situation tells CNBC.

 

The unionized grocer, which also owns Harris Teeter, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, has 443,000 full-time and part-time employees.

 

A spokeswoman for Kroger told CNBC in a statement that “As part of ongoing talent management, many store operating divisions are evaluating middle management roles and team structures with an eye toward keeping resources close to the customer.”

 

She added that the company’s store divisions, which operate independently, are all “taking steps to ensure they have the right talent in the right store leadership positions.”

 

Kroger is not the first grocer to reconsider middle management as it looks to restructure its business.

 

Walmart’s club store, Sam’s Club, in 2014 laid off 2,300 employees, including middle managers, as part of its turnaround. Last year, the retailer closed 63 stores and converted some of them to e-commerce facilities.

 

Shares of Kroger are down nearly 9% year-to-date, as it faces heightened competition from discount grocers Aldi and Lidl, as well as Walmart and Albertsons.

 

Kroger’s turnaround plan to invest in e-commerce and take on those challenges is in doubt...

 

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