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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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Report: Job cuts at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters

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Amazon is reportedly cutting “hundreds” of staffers at its headquarters as it looks to focus head count on its fastest-growing businesses.

According to GeekWire, the cuts will mostly impact the online giant’s retail business and come as the company seeks to shift head count in businesses that are growing, such as Alexa, digital entertainment and its cloud services division (AWS).

“As part of our annual planning process, we are making head count adjustments across the company — small reductions in a couple of places and aggressive hiring in many others,” Amazon said in a statement to GeekWire. “For affected employees, we work to find roles in the areas where we are hiring.”

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Report: Online giant is eyeing Brazilian warehouse

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Amazon is ready to step up its push into Latin America’s biggest retail market.

The online giant looking to lease a 50,000-square-meter warehouse (which equates to more than 530,000 sq. ft.) just outside Sao Paulo, Brazil. The move will give it an even bigger foothold in the country, according to Reuters.

The report said the logistics investment would be four times the size of its current book-shipping operation in the country. It also indicates that the online retailer may be preparing to handle the distribution of electronics and other goods sold on its Brazilian website.

Amazon added electronics to its Brazilian merchandise assortment in October, the report said.

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