Report: Market Basket fires employees after inventory problems
Tewksbury, Mass. – Demoulas Super Markets Inc., parent company of the Market Basket grocery chain, has reportedly fired some employees in the wake of inventory problems during the weekend of July 19-20. According to the Boston Globe, several managers were fired the evening of Sunday, July 20 after the company noticed thinning inventories of perishable items.
Employees of Demoulas’ Market Basket chain had threatened to stage a walkout on July 18 in protest of the removal of former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas in June, but instead held a rally at corporate headquarters. Most of the company’s warehouse workers and drivers attended the rally and said they would refuse to return to work until Demoulas was reinstated. Demoulas has been using replacement drivers, but it is unclear whether any lower-level warehouse employees or drivers have been fired.
In an open letter to employees, new co-CEOs Felicia Thornton and Jim Gooch said they will bring employee concerns to the Demoulas board of directors but cannot make any decision to rehire Demoulas. The letter also said that any employee who leaves their job or refuses to work a scheduled shift will be fired, meaning some participants could potentially lose their jobs.
Seventeen Massachusetts lawmakers, including state Attorney General and Democrative gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley, have publicly expressed support for the workers. Arthur T. Demoulas had been waging a public battle with his cousin Arthur S. Demoulas, a stakeholder and director of the company, about finances when he was fired in June. He remains a company shareholder.
ARTS releases compliance audit specification
Washington, D.C. – The Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS), the standards and technology division of the National Retail Federation (NRF), has released the Compliance Audit Interchange. The CAI is a specification that allows organizations to share compliance audit results securely with other companies who source from the same supplier location.
Included in the standard is a set of defined XML standard messages to enable brands and retailers to track and to communicate with their manufacturers and other supply chain intermediates about compliance with human rights, environmental and supply chain security issues. It also defines the means where brands, retailers and audit companies can confidentially and securely exchange audit information with other companies and external databases. Technical reports offering in-depth discussions of the compliance audit landscape and the need for standards, as well as a design specification for the registry itself, are also included.
ARTS and FFC were supported in this project by retailers, brands, suppliers and multi-stakeholder organizations, such as Nike, Adidas, El Corte Inglés, Cisco, Enablon, Intertek, SIM Supply Chain Information Management, the Fair Labor Association, SEDEX, BSCI, GS1, GSCP and SIF.
EConsumerServices signs JoTo PR as public relations agency
Melville, N.Y. – EconsumerServices, an online mediator between unsatisfied customers and e-commerce retailers, has signed JoTo PR as its public relations agency. JoTo PR will assist EConsumerServices in reaching its mass market of online consumers and making industry opinion leaders and government officials aware of the issue of fraud-related chargebacks.
EConsumerServices starts the resolution and refund process immediately upon receiving a claim of an unsatisfactory purchase from a consumer, which leads to the refund being given within 24 hours of filing.