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Report: J.C. Penney to close a Wisconsin distribution center

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

A warehouse closure will help a department store chain streamline what it calls an “oversized supply chain” network.

J.C. Penney will close one of its distribution centers in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, a move that will eliminate 670 jobs, according to CNBC.

The 2 million sq. ft. facility (equivalent to a half-mile in distance) is home to a warehouse and customer service operation. The company will close the distribution center on July 1, and the customer care center on Sept. 1, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The department store chain will redirect operations from the Wauwatosa location to other facilities in Lenexa, Kansas, and Columbus, Ohio. Meanwhile, eligible associates will qualify for separation benefits, including outplacement support and career training classes, according to CNBC.

The decision is part of J.C. Penney’s effort to streamline an “over-sized” supply chain network — at least in comparison to the department store chain’s overall footprint. Overall, the closure coincides with the retailer’s ongoing effort “to align our supply chain network and customer care operations with the future needs” of Penney, a company spokesman said in the report.

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Report: Walmart to slash more store manager positions

BY CSA Staff

The nation’s largest retailer has store managers in its sights as its heads into another round of layoffs.

Walmart is planning to cut two department manager positions at some of its 4,700 stores — those that oversee cell phone departments and online grocery pickup areas, according to Business Insider, which cited The Wall Street Journal.

The cuts come one month after Walmart announced its plan to eliminate more than 1,000 corporate jobs, and 3,500 store co-manager positions. To offset these store-level layoffs, the discount giant planned to add approximately 1,700 assistant store managers. A slightly lower-paid role, these employees will be tasked with overseeing fast-growing areas, like online orders.

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Report: New Whole Foods Market policies could be alienating suppliers

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Amazon’s recent grocery acquisition is changing its supplier policies — and some local and regional brands are feeling the fallout.

Whole Foods Market is now charging brands more money for prime shelf space and in-store product demonstrations and taste tests. They are also required to pay ongoing fees to third-party companies for food-safety audits and photographs of their products, according to Business Insider.

The natural foods grocer has also dropped minimum-shipment guidelines that prevented stores from making tiny orders of just one or two cases of goods. In other cases, it has stopped paying shipping fees for some goods altogether, the report added.

According to the report, the changes are part of the retailer’s efforts to cut costs and streamline product merchandising across its stores. Some companies are so negatively impacted by the changes that they are considering cutting ties with Whole Foods, the report said.

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