As the retailer looks to gain an edge in the highly competitive buy-side market, Meijer has announced a new strategy to increase its efficiency. The banner will be restructuring its corporate information technology service departments in the coming months.
“Our focus on being as efficient as possible is key to our ongoing success in a highly-competitive retail environment,” Frank Guglielmi, Senior Director of Communications, confirmed in an email to MiBiz.
While Meijer did not specifically state any numbers or further details on the announcement, an anonymous source provided more specifics. Meijer will reportedly transfer 25 employees and lay off another 46, which affect around 10 percent of its staff.
The changes are expected to occur throughout the rest of this year, and possibly into 2018.
The employee, who remained unnamed as they are not authorized to speak on behalf of Meijer, said that the restructuring and downsize in this particular department is due to Meijer’s shift in focus to boost home delivery and grocery curbside pickup according to consumer preferences. Experts also disclosed to MiBiz that this announcement fits with the current dynamics of the buy-side industry.
The employees who may be transferred would have their employment moved to CapGemini, a French multinational I.T. consulting firm. This particular decision, is one that experts have noted will allow the retailer focus on important technological aspects needed to run new and growing parts of the chain.
Growth is certainly in the works for the banner, as Meijer recently announced expansions to its grocery delivery partnership with Shipt. And, as we recently reported, the retailer is also experimenting with new formats to strengthen its brand, announcing a new small format store called Bridge Street Market.
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